About the Collaborative on Early Adolescence (CEA)

Affiliates

Mayra C. Daniel, Ph.D.

Department of Literacy Education
Associate Professor
mcdaniel@niu.edu
815-753-8379
Graham Hall 331

Interests: Work focuses on preparing teachers who work with English language learners /bilinguals-in-the-making at levels K-12. Teach Multicultural Education Methods and Materials, Bilingualism and Reading, TESOL Methods, Assessment of English Language Learners, and the Capstone Seminar which is a course that asks teachers to integrate and synthesize the concepts, principles, trends, and issues in literacy education for English language learners.

Linda E. Derscheid, Ph.D.

School of Family, Consumer, & Nutrition Sciences
Family & Child Studies
FCNS Graduate Faculty Chair & Associate Professor
lederscheid@niu.edu
815-753-6341
Wirtz 118

Interests:  Always considering the family context and parenting concerns, am interested in early adolescents’ body image and how this may lead to eating disorders in adolescence. Also interested in the impact of media and technology on early adolescents’ academic performance, social relationships/social development, and body image/self-esteem for identity development.

Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D.

Literacy Education
Professor; Director, Literacy Clinic
laurieep@niu.edu
815-753-8487
GA147

Interests: Dr. Elish-Piper teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary reading, literacy assessment, adult literacy, and literacy research.  Her research interests include the effects of literacy coaching on student reading achievement, family literacy, adult literacy, developing home-school connections related to literacy, and literacy teacher education. 

Shi-Ruei Sherry Fang, Ph.D.
Family and Child Studies
Professor
ssfang@niu.edu
815-753-6332
WZ 156

Patricia Sievert  

General Administration
STEM Outreach Coordinator
psievert@niu.edu
815-753-120
LB 200