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Faculty, staff and National Faciilitators at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center represent a multi-disciplinary team of change agents, early child development educators, psychologists, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and other early child development and behavior experts, professional development trainers, project directors, program evaluators, statisticians, community engagement professionals, and more. Similarly, our Touchpoints Training sites hail from 33 states and over 100 communities, from urban to rural, and everything in between.

Stephanie De Avila

Education:

BA Wellesley College, Psychology

Bio:

Stephanie joined the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Research and Evaluation team in October 2021 after graduating from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In the past, she has supported recently immigrated Spanish-speaking children and youth by using her native Spanish to interpret and translate educational materials to facilitate their transition to their new home. She served as president of the international student organization at Wellesley and was an active leader, mentor and advocate for international students, BIPOC students, and global nomads during her time there.

As a first-generation Canadian from a Colombian family, Stephanie is especially interested in the effects of multiculturalism on children and families and is invested in developing inclusive and equitable practices in the field of early care and education. She is passionate about working with and empowering historically marginalized communities and is excited to continue that work at BTC.

Stephanie looks forward to using her data analysis and visualization skills to support projects related to early care in Indigenous communities and early childcare systems and interventions. She contributes to evaluation efforts with several partners, including Red Cliff Project LAUNCH, United Way Bright Beginnings, Neighborhood Villages, and the William Penn Foundation.

Areas of Interest:

Community-based participatory research

Culturally informed developmental interventions

Effects of multiculturalism and multilingualism on development

Racial and social equity in healthcare

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