On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the Foundation for Child Development will host the third installment in its Scholars of Color Series highlighting the contributions of scholars of color in the early care and education field and the vital relevance of their work in improving the lives of young children today.

Dr. Cynthia García Coll: Frameworks, Perspectives, & Relevance for Today
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Dr. Cynthia García Coll is a champion in the field of developmental psychology. She was pivotal in leading the field of developmental psychology to confront racism, discrimination, and prejudice in research practice. Dr. García Coll’s research focuses on the interplay of sociocultural and biological influences on child development, with particular emphasis on minoritized populations. In the 1990s, Dr. García Coll introduced the Integrative Model of minority youth development — a theoretical framework that is used widely today. She has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. In addition, Dr. García Coll served as editor of two major journals, Child Development and Developmental Psychology. Her work has had far-reaching impacts on research, policy, and practice.

Dr. García Coll is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School and the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor Emerita, at Brown University, where she was a Professor of Education, Psychology and Pediatrics for 30 years.”

Dr. García Coll received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, her master’s degree from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.