Dr. Alisa Almas joined HELP as a Research Associate in 2012. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Toronto where she studied the development of social behavior in children and adolescents. Subsequently, she spent two years as a Post-doctoral fellow in the Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland where she expanded her examination of social development to children in atypical populations, including those at risk for developing anxiety disorders and children who experienced severe psychosocial deprivation early in life. At HELP, Dr. Almas continues to explore the nature of children’s social skills and behaviors, with a focus on how these impact school readiness and academic success across childhood and early adolescence.
Associations between teacher-rated social, emotional, and cognitive development in kindergarten and self-reported wellbeing, peer relations, and academic test scores in middle childhood.
2016 Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Effects of early intervention and the moderating effects of brain activity on institutionalized children's social skills at age 8.
Almas A. , Degnan K. , Nelson C. , Radulescu A. , Zeanah C. , Fox N.