Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Maria Fusaro

Maria’s research centers on how young children, under age 5, learn from other people, through both verbal and gesture-based communication and through question-answer exchanges. Her recent work examines how preschoolers’ skill in asking questions supports their ability to solve science-relevant problems in innovative ways. Bridging her teaching and research, Maria also studies the preparation of undergraduate students for careers in infant/toddler care and education, and for providing high quality, supportive learning experiences for young children. Read Maria’s full profile below and listen to Maria’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account !

Associate Professor, Child & Adolescent Development
Ed.D., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ed.M., Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A., Education Studies (Human Development) and Public Policy and American Institutions (Education Policy), Brown University
Recent Publications
Lippard, C., Fusaro, M., Decker, K., & Vallotton, C.D., (in press). Effects of prior formal and informal caregiving experiences on undergraduates’ infant/toddler caregiving knowledge and beliefs. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Fusaro, M. & Smith, M.C. (2018). Preschoolers’ inquisitiveness and science‐relevant problem solving. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 42, 119–127.
Vallotton, C.D., Torquati, J., Ispa, J., Chazan‐Cohen, R., Henk, J., Fusaro, M., Peterson, C.A., Roggman, L.A., Stacks, A.M., Cook, G., & Brophy‐Herb, H. (2016). Attachment predicts college students’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills for working with infants, toddlers, and families. Early Education and Development, 27 (2), 275‐302.
Recent Presentations
Chazan‐Cohen, R., Vallotton, C.D., Ispa, J., Fusaro, M., Decker, K., Brophy‐Herb, H. Torquati, J., Roggman, L., Cook, G., Maynard, C. (2019, March 22). Student characteristics that help or hinder learning about infant and toddlers. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
Areas of Research Interest
Caregiver-child interaction
Children’s questions
Cognitive development
Early childhood STEM
Early childhood teacher preparation
Infant/toddler caregivers
Science inquiry

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