About Debroah Lowe Vandell
Deborah Lowe Vandell

Professor Vandell has been a Chair of the Department of Education, University of California, Irvine since 2005. Before joinging the UCIrvine, she was a member of the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989-2005) and the Program in Psychology and Human Development, University of Texas-Dallas (1976-1989). Vandell is a member of the Committee on Family Work Policies of the National Research Council. She has served on the Maternal and Child Health Research Committee at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. She has been an Associate Editor for the journal Child Development and has served on the editorial boards of Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Psychology, and Journal of Family Issues. Professor Vandell is the principal investigator for several large multi-site studies. The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development is a national collaborative study examining child care, school, and family issues regarding children's development. The After-School Experiences Study, which focuses on the after-school, evening, and weekend experiences of middle-school youth, is part of the national evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Her study of Promising Practices in After-School Programs is examining associations between program quality and developmental outcomes for children and youth. Dr. Vandell offers courses in theories of human development, developmental research methodologies, social and personality development, and issues in child care research.


"My research focuses on how children's experiences in their families and in alternate care settings influence development. Much of my current research examines how variations in quality and quantity of child-care, including after-school care, contribute to children's social, emotional, and cognitive development. A second major research interest pertains to children's social relationships. Over the past 20 years, I have examined the connections between children's relationships with their mothers, fathers, siblings, peers and teachers. I am currently studying the impact of parent-child and sibling relationships on children's peer social competence."


Children's Social Relationships

Vandell, D. L. (2000). Parents, peer groups, and other socializing influences. Developmental Psychology, 36(6), 699-710.

*NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2000). Factors associated with fathers' caregiving activities and sensitivity with young children. Journal of Family Psychology, 14(2), 200-219.

Early Child Care

Vandell, D. L., Booth, C., Clark-Stewart, K. A., McCartney, K. A., & Owen, M. T. (2003). Variations in granparent care during the first three years. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 65(2), 375-381.

Vandell, D. L., & Pierce, K. M. (2003). Child care quality and children's success at school. In A. Reynolds and M. Wang (Eds.) Early Childhood Learning: Programs for a New Century (pp. 115-139). New York: Child Welfare League.

*NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2002). Early child care and children's development prior to school entry. American Educational Research Journal, 39(1), 133-164.

*NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2000). Characteristics and quality of child care for toddlers and preschoolers. Applied Developmental Science, 4(3), 116-135.

After-School Programs / Out-of-School Time

*NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2004). Are child developmental outcomes related to before- and after-school care arrangement? Child Development, 75.

Vandell, D. L., & Pierce, K. M. (2002). After-school programs and structured activities that support children's development. In R. Garner (Ed.), Hanging out: Community-based after-school programs for children (pp.167-178). Westport CT: Greenwood.

Pierce, K. M., Hamm, J. V., & Vandell, D. L. (1999). Experiences in after-school programs and children's adjustment in first-grade classrooms. Child Development, 70(3), 756-767.

Posner, J. K., & Vandell, D. L. (1999). After-school activities and the development of low-income urban children: A longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 35(3), 868-879.

Neighborhoods as a Developmental Context

Shumow, L., Vandell, D. L., & Posner, J. K. (1999). Risk and resilience in the urban neighborhood: Predictors of academic performance among low-income elementary school children. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 45(2), 309-331.


Professor Deborah Lowe Vandell
Chair, Department of Education
University of California, Irvine
2001 Berkeley Place
Irvine, CA 92697-5500
Phone: (949)824-7840
Fax: (949)824-2965
Email: dvandell@uci.edu

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