Office: Math/Psychology 317
Lab: Sondheim 502
Website: Children and Families, Schooling, & Development Lab
Ph.D. – State University of New York at Stony Brook
Area of Study:
Educational/Cognitive Development of Children from Different SES and Ethnicities
Dr. Sonnenschein’s research addresses ways to promote the academic success of children from diverse (race/ethnicity, SES, linguistic) backgrounds. Although the research considers home and school factors, she is particularly interested in how parental beliefs and practices are associated with children’s academic development.
Advanced Child Development (PSYC 407)
Development and Education (PSYC 409)
Cognitive Development (PSYC 651)
Child Assessment (PSYC 721)
Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:
YES: Accepting new ADP graduate students for Fall 2023
Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:
YES: Undergraduate opportunities available.
Undergraduates can assist with all phases of the research, including coding and analyzing data, library research, interviewing parents/children, assessing children’s competencies. Contact: email@example.com
Graduate Program Affiliation(s):
Applied Developmental Psychology
Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:
Director, Applied Developmental Psychology Graduate program
Sonnenschein, S., Gursoy, H., & Stites, M. (2022). Elementary school children’s home learning environments: Mathematics, reading, science, written language. Education Sciences, 11, 303-318.
Stites, M.L., Sonnenschein, S., Chen, Y., Imai-Matsumura, K., & Gürsoy, H. (2021). Facilitating preschool children’s mathematics development in China, Japan, and the United States: Is the classroom library considered? Education Sciences, 11, 792. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/educsci11120792
Sonnenschein, S., Stites, M.L., & Ross, M. (2021). Home learning environments for young children in the U.S. during COVID-19. Early and Education Development, 32(6), 794-811.
Simons, C., Sonnenschein, S., Sawyer, B., Kong, P., & Brock, A. (2022). School readiness beliefs of Dominican and Salvadoran immigrant parents. Early Education and Development, 33(2), 269-290.
Sawyer, B., Dever, B., Kong, P., Sonnenschein, S., Simons, C.,Yu, X., Zhang, X., Cai, Y. (2021). Dominican, Salvadoran, and Chinese immigrant parents’ reasoning about school readiness skills. Child & Youth Care Forum, 51, 137-159.
Galindo, C., Sonnenschein, S., & Sanders, M. (2021). A case study of a school-university partnership focused on literacy and educational equity: Responding to COVID 19 in the early grades. School-University Partnerships, 14(3), 17-42.
Sonnenschein, S., Stites, M., & Dowling, R. (2021). Learning at home: What preschool parents do and what they want to learn from their children’s teachers. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 19(3), 309-322.
Stites, M., Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Gay, B. (2021). Mathematics learning opportunities in preschool: Where does the classroom library fit in? Special issue of Early Education and Development, 32 (1), 66-81.
Gay, B., Sonnenschein, S., Baker, L., & Sun, S. (2020). Poverty, parent involvement, and children’s reading skills: Testing the compensatory effect of the amount of classroom reading instruction. Early Education and Development, 32(7), 981-993.
Galindo, C.,Sonnenschein, S., & Montoya-Avila, A. (2019). Latina mothers’ engagement in children’s math learning in the early school years: Conceptions of math and socialization practices. Early Childhood Research Quarterly ,47, 271-283.
Sonnenschein, S., Metzger, S.R., Dowling, R., & Baker, L. (2017). The relative importance of English vs. Spanish language skills for low oncome Latino English language learners’ early language and literacy development. Early Child Development and Care, 187 (3-4), 727-743. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1219854 (reprinted in: R. Evans, & O. N. Saracho (Eds). (2018) Research in Young Children’s Literacy and Language Development (pp.429-445). NY: Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-138-09109-2
Sonnenschein, S., Metzger, S.R., Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Simons, C.L., (2016). Extending an effective classroom-based math board game intervention to preschoolers’ homes. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 7(2), 1-29.
Sonnenschein, S., Metzger, S.R., & Thompson, J.A. (2016). Low-income parents’ socialization of their preschoolers’ early reading and math skills. Research in Human Development, 13, 207-224. dx.doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2016.1194707
Galindo, C., & Sonnenschein, S. (2015). Decreasing the SES math achievement gap: Initial math proficiency and home learning environments. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 43, 25-38. Galindo & Sonnenschein, 2015 CEP
Sonnenschein, S., & Galindo, C. (2015). Race/ethnicity and initial math skills: Relations between home, classroom, and math achievement. The Journal of Educational Research, 108, 261-277.