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Clancy Blair

Clancy Blair, Principal Investigator

Clancy Blair is a developmental psychologist who studies self-regulation in young children. His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of preschool and elementary school curricula designed to promote executive functions as a means of preventing school failure. In 2002, Blair and his colleagues at Penn State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a longitudinal, population-based study of family ecology and child development beginning at birth. In his part of the project, Blair is examining interaction between early experiential and biological influences on the development of executive functions and related aspects of self-regulation. Ultimately, Blair and his colleagues plan to follow this sample through the school years and into young adulthood. Prior to coming to NYU, Blair spent ten years as an assistant and then associate professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology and a master's degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996.


C. Cybele RaverCo-Principal Investigator

C. Cybele Raver serves as Vice Provost of Academic, Faculty and Research Affairs at NYU. She also maintains an active program of research, examining the mechanisms that support children's self-regulation in the contexts of poverty and social policy. Raver and her research team currently conduct CSRP, a federally-funded RCT intervention and she regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting school readiness among low-income children. Raver has received a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar award as well as support from the Spencer Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Raver earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.



Shay-lee PerezClinical Supervisor

Shay-Lee Perez is a licensed bilingual Clinical Psychologist who currently has a private practice devoted  to helping families gain a better understanding of the powerful role the parenting relationship has in  forming the lives of children. Perez currently works as a Clinical Supervisor for psychology interns at Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Perez worked at the Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx where she specialized in working with families of children with developmental delays and/or exposure to trauma in addition to her role as Clinical Supervisor for psychology interns. Perez also has extensive background in conducting psychological evaluations of young children and in providing parent-child focused treatment. Additionally, Perez also works with individuals, couples and families who come from a spiritually focused background and who are seeking assistance with mental health wellness. She is a speaker at various Christian workshops and churches on the topics of parenting, motherhood and depression as well as a consultant to Family Support Teams at schools in the New York City area. Perez earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology.



Bedrich VargasData Collector

Bedrich Vargas has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the City University of New York, with concentrations in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Since early in his career, Bedrich has made it his mission to help the underprivileged communities of New York City. Through Bedrich's Escuela, he has served the immigrant populations of Jackson Heights, Queens, teaching both Spanish and English as a Second Language. As early as the age of nine, Bedrich has been a teacher or mentor in various roles. His research interests predominantly stem from his own personal and professional experiences, including his work with the New York City Department of Education. Prior to working on the ABC Project, he collaborated with the US Department of Education, on a national study that focused on the effects of best teaching practices.