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Griffin, James

Formal Title:

Deputy Branch Chief


Early Learning/School Readiness encompasses basic and translational research that attempts to specify the experiences children need from birth to age 8 to prepare them for a successful transition to school entry as well as follow-up studies that quantify the long-term impact of early intervention programs. The components of school readiness include physical health, motor, cognitive, social-emotional and executive function skill development, and emergent language, literacy, and numeracy learning.





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James A. Griffin, Ph.D., is the Deputy Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as the Director of the Early Learning and School Readiness Program.  Prior to his position at NICHD, Dr. Griffin was a Senior Research Analyst in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education.  He also served as the Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral, and Education (SBE) Sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and as a Research Analyst at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).

Dr. Griffin holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. with honors in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester.  He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.  Dr. Griffin's career has focused on research and evaluation efforts related to service systems and early intervention programs designed to enhance the development and school readiness of children from at-risk and disadvantaged backgrounds.  These efforts include several large-scale evaluations of the Head Start program while at ACYF and research on preschool curricula involving geographically diverse child care, Head Start and state pre-kindergarten programs while with IES and NICHD. 


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New book:

Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research.

Edited by James A. Griffin, Peggy McCardle and Lisa S. Freund




Publications (PubMed):

Teachers' education, classroom quality, and young children's academic skills: results from seven studies of preschool programs.
Treated incidence data.
Characteristics of youths identified from a psychiatric case register as first-time users of services.
Research on the Implementation of Preschool Intervention Programs: Learning by Doing.
Examining the Black-White achievement gap among low-income children using the NICHD study of early child care and youth development.
Instruction, Teacher-Student Relations, and Math Achievement Trajectories in Elementary School.
Do effects of early child care extend to age 15 years? Results from the NICHD study of early child care and youth development.
Predictors and sequelae of trajectories of physical aggression in school-age boys and girls.
Testing a series of causal propositions relating time in child care to children's externalizing behavior.
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