Natalia Palacios, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Education in the Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Sciences program. She has two main lines of research that focus on the familial and instructional process that support children's academic and socio-emotional development during the transition to school and the early elementary period. Her research on families identifies the practices in which parents and siblings from minoritized backgrounds (e.g., Latino, Black, immigrant, English learner) engage that informally and formally support and prepare children for the transition to school. Her research in school contexts identifies malleable classroom factors that support the academic achievement, and cognitive and social development of children from minoritized backgrounds, with a particular focus on the benefits of bilingual and dual language programming. Palacios is the current program coordinator for the Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Sciences program.
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2009
M.A., Northwestern University, 2007
B.A., Brown University, 2001