Associate Professor
School of Psychology and Counseling

Contact Information


  • Introduction to School
  • Learning Problems
  • Developmental Psychology of Children
  • Adolescents Seminar in School Change


  • Early literacy
  • Behavioral development
  • Parent and teacher knowledge
  • Beliefs and practices
  • Tiered systems of support


  • BA, Wesleyan University
  • PhD, UC Berkeley

Academic Profile

As a school psychologist, Jamie’s passion was collaborating with teachers and parents to support children’s reading acquisition, because reading success unlocks access to other subjects and increases student engagement in school. Her current research focuses on the interaction between early reading skills and behavioral development, the best strategies for parents to use when supporting young readers, and teacher professional development efforts in the area of literacy. 

Jamie’s research team provides reading workshops to caregivers of young children throughout New York and New Jersey in order to help improve the quality and quantity of shared reading at home.  In addition, she provides and supervises Parent Management Training at FDU’s Center for Psychological Services to support families in meeting children’s behavioral needs and improving the quality of caregiver-child relationships. 

Jamie received the 2010 Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association.   She is co-author of “Book Smart: How to Support and Develop Successful, Motivated Readers”, a how-to guide for parents rich with stories, lessons, activities, and ideas aimed at addressing the broad range of interpersonal, social, emotional, and motivational skills that must be fostered in young children.  Published in January 2014, this book was chosen as a Mom’s Choice Award honoree, an IndieFab Book of the Year Award finalist, and a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) GOLD award winner.

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