Jennifer Finders, PhD

Research Interests

School readiness, self-regulation and executive functions, poverty, English-language learners, family, school, and community learning environments, social and educational policies


  • 2018, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Human Development and Family Studies

  • 2016, M.S., Oregon State University, Human Development and Family Studies

  • 2011, B.S., Oregon State University, Psychology  


I completed my B.S. in Psychology at Oregon State University in 2011 where I participated in a lab that focused on developing a measure of self-regulation in young children and evaluating an intervention designed to strengthen self-regulation among preschool children facing risk. I continued research in these areas as I pursued my M.S. and Ph.D. at Oregon State University. My focus has been on identifying individual and contextual factors that support children’s school readiness and longer-term school success. I have a particular interest in examining the role of self-regulation and executive function skills for academic trajectories with regards to children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and English-language learners. This informs my final interest of using statewide and nationally representative datasets to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programs, and policies designed to boost school readiness among children at-risk.

I began my postdoctoral position with Dr. Sara Schmitt in August 2018. I will primarily work on a project funded by the State of Indiana to evaluate the expansion of On My Way Pre-Kindergarten programs. In this role I am eager to study the effects of high-quality early learning experiences on school readiness and to investigate malleable factors that facilitate children’s development within diverse contexts.

Jennifer Finders
Postdoctoral Researcher

(PhD, Oregon State University)

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