Nicole Gardner-Neblett is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the individual and contextual factors that promote children’s language and literacy development.
She adopts a strengths-based approach to conducting research on socially and economically disadvantaged children and families to better understand children’s development and identify effective practices that can transform the early learning experiences of young children. In particular, Dr. Gardner-Neblett’s work examines the oral narrative, or storytelling, skills of African American children and the implications for literacy development and educational practice. Her work also examines the effectiveness of teacher professional development programs to promote children’s early language and communication development. Dr. Gardner-Neblett holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Developmental Psychology from The University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University.