Natasha Cabrera will present findings from studies that examine the longitudinal associations between household income when children are 1 year old and children’s academic achievement and behavioral problems at age 9 by testing three pathways of influence: parental investments, family stress, and developmental cascades. She will also discuss some of the policy implications of this work.
Natasha J. Cabrera is professor of Human Development at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on father involvement and children’s social and cognitive development; adaptive and maladaptive factors related to parenting and cultural variation in ethnic minority families; and the mechanisms linking early experiences to children’s school readiness.
Cabrera has published in peer-reviewed journals on policy, methodology, theory and the implications of fathering and mothering behaviors on child development in low-income minority families. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 2nd Edition (Taylor & Francis, 2013) and Latina/o Child Psychology and Mental Health: Vol 1 and 2 (Praeger, 2011). In addition, Cabrera is an associate editor of Child Development and the recipient of the National Council and Family Relations award for Best Research Article regarding men in families in 2009. In 2015, the National Academy of Sciences appointed her to its committee on parents of young children; in 2016, she was a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar; and in 2017 she was a DAAD visiting scholar at the University of Ruhr, Germany. She is co-PI at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families and Children, co-directing the fatherhood and healthy marriage focus area.