I am a doctoral student in the developmental psychology program at VCU. I began my education in Ghana, West Africa where I lived for several years. From there, I went on to attain a master’s degree in child development from the University of Haifa in Israel. My interests lie in parenting factors that influence the socio-emotional and cognitive development of children. I focus specifically on how parent-fostered child exposure to diverse cognitively stimulating activities influences development in early and middle childhood.