Amy Napoli

Fall 2013

Research interests

Early childhood education, parent intervention, home learning environment, numeracy and literacy development


  • 2015       M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • 2010       B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay

Current research

I am currently working on my dissertation which focuses on developing and evaluating a home numeracy environment intervention for parents of preschool-aged children.


  • Purpura, D. J., Logan, J. A. R., Hassinger-Das, B., & Napoli, A. R. (in press). Why do early mathematics skills predict later reading? The role of mathematical language. Developmental Psychology.

  • Purpura, D. J., Wehrspann, E., Napoli, A. R., & Hart, S. A. (in press). Identifying domain-general and domain-specific predictors of low mathematics performance: A classification and regression tree analysis. Journal of Numerical Cognition.

  • Schmitt, S. A., Lewis, K., Duncan, R., Korucu, I., & Napoli, A. R. (2017). The effects of Positive Action on preschool children’s social-emotional competence and health behaviors. Early Childhood Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10643-017-0851-0

  • Thompson, R. J., Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2017). Age-related differences in the relation between the home numeracy environment and numeracy skills. Infant and Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/icd.2019

  • Purpura, D. J., Napoli, A. R., Wehrspann, E. A., & Gold, Z. S. (2017). Causal connections between mathematical language and mathematical knowledge: A dialogic reading intervention. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 10, 116-137. doi:10.1080/19345747.2016.1204639

  • Purpura, D. J., & Napoli, A. R. (2015). Early numeracy and literacy: Untangling the relation between specific components. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 17, 197-218. doi:10.1080/10986065.2015.1016817


  • Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2017, April). Parent’s knowledge of their preschool child’s numeracy skills. In B. Blevins-Knabe (Chair), The home numeracy environment: Social and contextual influences on children's early mathematical development. Poster symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, Texas.

  • Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2016, July). Cross-domain relations of the home literacy and numeracy environments to preschoolers’ outcomes. In D. J. Purpura (Chair), Language: A critical connection between mathematics and literacy. Symposium conducted at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Porto, Portugal.

  • Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2015, March). Home numeracy in the preschool years: Parents’ specific beliefs and practices differentially relate to children’s outcomes. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2014, July). Differences in home literacy and numeracy beliefs and practices on child outcomes. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 341: Working with Parents

Advisor: Dr. David Purpura

Amy Napoli

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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