Helen Raikes

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Helen Raikes

Willa Cather Professor

1981 Ph.D., Iowa State University
1969 M.S., University of California
1966 B.S., Iowa State University

Interested in:

Intervention programs for vulnerable children, 0-5
Antecedents to language and literacy development
Infant-toddler attachment relationships
Infant-toddler programs in the US and in other countries
Executive functioning, bi-lingualism, language development among low-income children
Trajectories from early childhood education programs through elementary school
Parent-child and teacher-child relationships and their relations to outcomes
Optimizing parenting practices
Assessment and provision of quality interventions in child care programs
Policy and programmatic implications of research


Dr. Raikes currently supervises student research in the following program areas:

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Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2011, Willa Cather Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2011, Alumni Achievement Award, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University2010, Distinguished Research/Creative Career Award, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005, Distinguished Service to Children Award, Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children2003, Government Award of Excellence in Evaluations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services2002, Government Award of Excellence in Evaluations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services2001, Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service-The Fatherhood Initiative Team, Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Tommy G. Thompson1995, Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service-The Early Head Start Internal Working Group, Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Donna Shallala1994, Educator of the Year, Lincoln Public Schools Foundation1991-1994, Youth Developers Institute, Kellogg Foundation, Leadership Program1982, Teacher of the Year, Selection Research Inc.
Experience
2005-present, Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2000-present Associate, Center on Children, Families, and the Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2000-present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2000-2004, Society for Research in Child Development Visiting Scholar and Special Research Consultant, Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project1998-present, Consultant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services1994-1996, Society for Research in Child Development Executive Policy Fellow, Administration on Children Youth and Families1992-2005, Early Childhood and Youth Research Specialist, The Gallup Organization, Lincoln, Nebraska1992-1994, Instructor, Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska1990-1991, Instructor, Human Development and the Family, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska1987-1989, Instructor, St. Elizabeth Community Health Center, Lincoln, Nebraska1982-1994, SRI/St. Elizabeth Child Development Center, Lincoln, Nebraska1982-1985, Instructor, Psychology, Doane College, Crete, Nebraska1981-1994, Director of Infant Toddler Programs and Director of Research, Donald O. Clifton Child Development Program, Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska 1977-1978, Research Assistant, Child Development, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa1972-1975, Instructor, Child Development, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa1972-1975, Early Childhood Specialist, Iowa Head Start Training Office, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa1969-1970, Lecturer, Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, California1969, Writer II, University Extension, University of California, Davis, California
Memberships
Society for Research in Child DevelopmentCouncil for Exceptional ChildrenNational Association for the Education of Young ChildrenInfant Mental Health AssociationInternational Society for Infant Studies