Natasha J. Cabrera

Natasha J. Cabrera

Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, College of Education, University of Maryland, USA.

Research interests

My research focuses on father involvement and children’s social and cognitive development; adaptive and maladaptive factors related to parenting; ethnic and cultural variations in family processes, including fathering and mothering; and the mechanisms that link early experiences to children’s school readiness.

How might this research change lives?

I would like to highlight the ways in which low-income fathers support their children’s development, which goes beyond just providing economic support, so that we begin to change the narrative that all poor fathers are absent and instead portray poor fathers as parents who need support to help their children become successful adults.