Jason Downer

Jason Downer

Associate Professor of Education, Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, and Program Area Director for Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, USA.

Research interests

My primary research interests are twofold: (1) identification and understanding of classroom contributors to children’s early achievement and social-emotional learning from preschool-elementary, and (2) leveraging knowledge of these key contributors to develop and evaluate school-based interventions with an eye toward scalable, high-quality implementation.

How might this research change lives?

I am committed to working collaboratively with practitioners, families, policymakers, and researchers to ensure that all children experience high-quality, supportive, and cognitively stimulating interactions with peers and adults across the full range of early childhood education settings – child care, preschool, and early elementary school.