Penny Hauser-Cram has spent more than 30 years researching children’s wellbeing, including longitudinal investigations of children, youth, and families—particularly those who are impoverished or have developmental disabilities. Her expertise comprises early childhood education, special education, poverty, and student motivation.
Hauser-Cram has taught at the Lynch School since 1990. She is currently an advisor for a project that investigates teacher practice and preschoolers’ mathematical learning at the Educational Development Center. She is also on the advisory board for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital.
In 2012, the American Psychological Association, Division 33, honored her outstanding contributions in the field by naming her a fellow.
Among dozens of other publications, Hauser-Cram co-authored a groundbreaking longitudinal study that showed family dynamics are as important to promoting development in children with disabilities as they are to all children. She also contributed to a project that documents the benefits of school systems that provide high-quality education during the first five years of life.
She maintains editorial roles for Early Childhood Research Quarterly and has been an ad hoc reviewer since 2000 for five journals, including Developmental Psychology.