Emily Slusser, PhD

Emily Slusser

Associate Professor & Chair, Child & Adolescent Development

Head of Communications, Early Childhood Institute

Dr. Slusser began her career in child development as the program coordinator for an early education program where she developed intervention strategies for preschool children with limited educational resources. Since that time, Dr. Slusser has established a research program that explores children’s early cognitive representations of number and the later development of symbolic math concepts. She is particularly interested in learning how cognitive representational resources drive language learning and how language, in turn, supports further conceptual development.

Education

  • Ph.D., Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine, 2010
  • M.A., Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine, 2008
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2003

Recent Publications

  • Early Childhood Institute (2020). Support for each and every child from the start: A call for affordable, high-quality care and education for babies and toddlers across the state. Published by CalMatters. Prepared by Slusser, E., Fusaro, M., & Golloher, A. (equal contributors).
  • Zax, A. *, Williams, K. *, Patalano, A. L., Slusser, E., Cordes, S., & Barth, H. (2019). What do biased estimates tell us about cognitive processing? Spatial judgments as proportion estimation. Journal of Cognition and Development,
    20, 702-728.
  • Early Childhood Initiative (2019). Response to Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal. Prepared by Slusser, E., Fusaro, M., & Golloher, A. (equal contributors).
  • Barth, H., Zax, A.*, & Slusser, E. (2019). Partitioning and proportion estimation in children’s numerical judgments. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

  • Slusser, E., Ribner, A., & Shusterman, A. (2018). Language counts: Early language mediates the relationship between parent education and children's math ability. Developmental Science, e12773.

  • Slusser, E. (2018). Counting and Basic Numerical Skills. In A. Fritz, V. Haase, & P. Rasanen (Eds.). International Handbook of Mathematical Learning Difficulties: From the Laboratory to the Classroom. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Recent Presentations

  • Molina, A., Montano, A., Cravalho, P. & Slusser, E. (2020). Developing Understanding of Number and Quantity: The Role of Executive Functioning. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological
    Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Woodley, L., Doan, J., De Leon, G., Slusser, E., & Cravalho, P. (2020). Size, Quantity, or Numerosity: What Dimension are Children Attending to as they Learn Number Words? Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the
    Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Fusaro, M., Golloher, A., Chavez, K., & Slusser, E. (2020). Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Findings from a Social Network Analysis and Training Needs Assessment. Poster to be presented at the American Educational
    Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hosseini, D. & Slusser, E. (2020). Digital Literacy and the Common Core: What Does Instruction Look Like in Early Elementary Classrooms? Poster to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual
    Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Thai, B. & Slusser, E. (2020). Early Children Education and Quality Care: The Parents' Perspective. Poster to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Douglas, S. & Slusser, E. (2020). Schooling Alone? An Investigation into Online Learning Environments. Paper presented at the Critical Questions in Education Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.
  • Branca, S. & Slusser, E. (2020). Understanding Student Expectations and Experiences in Large Classes. Paper presented at the Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning, Lilly Conference. San Diego, CA.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • Santa Clara County Office of Education Local Planning Council "Early Childhood STEM: Training and Ambassador Program" 2019-2020
  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation "Lurie College of Education Early Educator Preparation Program" 2017
  • Research Grant from Mattel Corporation "Understanding the Power of Play" 2011-2012

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Conceptual Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Intuition and Core Knowledge
  • Language and Cognition
  • Math and Number Concepts
  • Numerical Estimation
  • Proportional Judgement

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