Tanya Paes, PhD

Research Interests

Early childhood development, school readiness, self-regulation, executive function, poverty, race and ethnicity, families, home environment, early care and education, intervention and prevention


  • 2020, Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Education
  • 2015, M.Sc., University of Oxford, Child Development and Education
  • 2014, B.H.Sc., McMaster University, Health Sciences


Dr. Paes is interested in understanding the contextual influences on the development of children’s executive function and school readiness skills. Her research focuses on families with low incomes and those from diverse ethnic groups using experimental, observational, and longitudinal methodologies. Tanya is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Purdue University in the Human Development and Family Studies department collaborating with Dr. Sara Schmitt on studies examining the effects of targeted, classroom-based interventions that are designed to improve executive function and other school readiness skills.

Selected Publications

 Tanya Paes

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Pronouns: she/her)

(Ph.D., University of Cambridge)

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