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Michael E. McCarty, Ph.D.
Michael E. McCarty, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806)834-8164 - Office 504

Vanderbilt University, 1994

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


Infant and early childhood development in a high-risk population;
Development, delivery, and assessment of early learning programs in an at-risk community;
Development of cognition, perception, and action in infants and toddlers

Recent Publications:

McCarty, M. E., Clifton, R. K., & Collard, R. R. (1999/2014). Problem solving in infancy: The emergence of an action plan.  Reprinted in S. Gelman (Ed.) Childhood Cognitive Development: Vol. 4. Reasoning, Problem-solving, and Academic Skills. Sage Publications.

McCarty, M., Cong, Z. & Parker, A. (2014). Family Income and Early Cognition: A Closer Look.  Society for Research in Human Development.

Parker, A., McCarty, M, & Cong, Z. (2014). Is Emotion Regulation among Young Children an Emotional or Cognitive Process?  Association for Psychological Science.

Bentley, G., Zvonkovic, A., Springer, N., McCarty, M. (in press). Down syndrome and fathering: An exploration of ambiguous loss. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers.

Grant Involvement

East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, Co-Investigator, U.S. Department of Education, 2013-2017, $24,560,115.