A podcast about the methods and metascience of developmental science, cohosted by Jessica Logan @jarlogan and Sara Hart @saraannhart. We talk about human developmental sciencing, including data collection, data analysis, research methods, and open science, as well as life in academia. Think about it like a lab meeting where you don’t have to do the readings and never have to present.
I am a developmental scientist working in the field of quantitative methodology and statistics. I am particularly interested in identifying new statistical models or research designs and adapting them for data and questions about how children grow and change. Much of my work is translational, introducing developmental scientists to new methods. If you know statistical methods, my recent work has been focused on quantile regression, latent variable modeling, and planned missing data designs.
I am an advocate of methodology as a field of study. I believe that the science of statistical methods and of children's development can be best achieved through open collaboration. As a developmental scientist, I am interested in how young children learn to read, as well as their language and math skills. My funded work is mostly on the features of children's environments that are related to their development. I am currently a co-investigator on five active federally-funded research projects where I serve as a methodologist. Sometimes this means designing a study with causal methods to test whether a specific curriculum works, and sometimes it means exploring correlations. It all depends on the research questions.
I am also interested in the meta-science of developmental science. In other words, studying how scientists do their work. My interest is in the data collection and data processing steps, and I provide workshops on good data management practices that you can find on my website (jarlogan.com). You can also visit my website to see what kinds of papers I publish, learn more about my work, or visit the up a blog I occasionally update.
I am an interdisciplinary researcher who happens to find herself in Developmental Psychology. My research efforts integrate theories and methods from developmental psychology, education, and behavioral genetics. Broadly, my substantive research relates to understanding how and why people differ in their cognitive development, particularly focused on reading and math development. My work is highlighted by the use of advanced methodological techniques and open science.
Most of my work to date has focused on using twin methods to understand the "nature" and "nurture" of child development. I also spend a lot of time trying to understand the direct role of environments around children, controlling for genetic predispositions. I currently have an NIH grant to create a national twin project, NatPAT, to examine the genetic and environmental influences on the co-development of reading and math skills through elementary school.
I also work in the field of meta-science, understanding how scientists do science, with a particular interest in supporting rigorous and reproducible educational and developmental science. I currently have an NIH grant to build a data repository, LDbase, to support the data storage and data access needs of scientists working in the field of education.
Beyond my research, I am passionate about training, dissemination of research, and advocating for women and BIPOC in science. I am the PI of the Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center Engagement Core, with a mission to provide specialized training opportunities to students and postdocs, and disseminate our research to our community. I am the President Elect of POWER, an association with the mission to connect, support, and advocate for individuals who identify as women or non-binary conducting research in the fields of education and child development.
Oh, and I'm Canadian. So you'll probably hear me say "eh". A lot.