• Ph.D. 2000 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Educational Psychology
  • M.A. 1995 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Educational Psychology
  • B.A. 1989 – Institute for Higher Professional Teacher Education, Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Elementary Education (K-6)

Areas of Expertise

  • Early childhood education
  • Child care quality
  • Child engagement
  • Teacher-child interactions
  • Teacher professional development through networked learning


Renée has been interested in optimizing the quality of early childhood and elementary school education since she started working as a teacher in the Netherlands. She taught Kindergarten and first grade, before going back to school to get advanced degrees in Educational Psychology. She has extensive experience as a researcher on large-scale evaluation and practice-based professional development efforts in child care centers and elementary schools in the Netherlands, Aruba and the US.

Renée is most passionate about her work when it involves research that is of direct use to teachers’ everyday practice or directly influences the lives of young children and their families. She currently works as a Social Clinical Research Specialist on Pre-K evaluation studies with Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg.