Faculty

Dr. Erin Way

Assistant Professor of Psychology

 

Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology, Elon University
  • B.A. in Human Services, Elon University
  • M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University
    Concentrations in Cognitive Development and Sociocultural Theories
  • Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology
    Concentrations in Socio-Emotional Development and Atypical Development

 

Representative Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Child Development
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology

 

Research Interests:

  • Learning in Early Childhood
  • Socio-emotional Development
  • Self-Regulation and School Readiness
  • Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

 

Publications

  • Way, E. L. & Rojahn, J. (2012). Psycho-social characteristics of children with prenatal alcohol exposure, compared to children with Down syndrome and typical children. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 247-268.
  • Denham, S. A., Kalb, S. C., Way, E. L., Warren-Khot, H. K., Rhoades, B. L., & Bassett, H. H. (2012). Social and emotional information processing in preschoolers: Indicator of early school success? Early Child Development and Care, 182, 1-22.
  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Mincic, M., Zinsser, K., & Graling, K. (2012). Preschoolers’ emotion knowledge: Self-regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 667-679.
  • Denham, S. A. Bassett, H. H., Mincic, M.M., Kalb, S. C., Way, E., Wyatt, T., & Segal, Y. (2012). Social emotional learning profiles of preschoolers' early school success: A person-centered approach. Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 178-189.
  • Hastings, E. C., Karas, T. L., Winsler, A., Way, E., Madigan, A., & Tyler, S. (2009). Young children’s video/computer game use: Relations with school performance and behavior. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30, 638-649.
  • Way, E., & Winsler, A. (2006). Scaffolding. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.). The encyclopedia of human development. Vol 3. (pp.1102-1103). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Winsler, A., Feder, M., Way, E., & Manfra, L. (2006). Maternal beliefs concerning young children’s private speech. Infant and Child Development, 15, 403-420.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Way, E., & Umpleby, J. (2003).  Parental guidance in a cooking activity with preschoolers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 24, 75-89.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Way, E., & Umpleby, J. (2002).  Guided participation in a cooking activity over time. Early Child Care and Development, 172 (6), 547-554.


Presentations:

  • Way, E. L., & Rojahn, J. (2010, August). Emotion recognition in FASDs and Down syndrome. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA. 
  • Way, E. L., & Rojahn, J. (2010, March). Facial emotion recognition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Poster session presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, MD.
  • Kalb, S. C., Way, E. L., Wyatt, T. M., & Denham, S. A. (2009, April). Preschool affect and behavior: Predictors of relationship quality in kindergarten. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
  • Denham,  S. A., Bassett, H. H., Wyatt, T. M., Kalb, S. C., Mincic, M. S., Perna, A. M., Segal, Y., Morris, C. A.S., Brown, C. A., Way, E. L., & Warren, H. K. (2009, April). How preschoolers’' social and emotional competence predicts their school-readiness: Development of competency-based assessments. In J. A. Griffin (Chair), The Interagency Consortium for School Readiness Outcome Measures (ICSROM). Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
  • Denham,  S. A., Bassett, H. H., Kalb, S. C., Way, E. L., Warren, H. K., & Brown, C. A.  (2008, June). Emotionally competent, self-regulated preschoolers and “getting ready for school”: What matters and in what context? In C. Blair (Chair), School Readiness from Start to Finish: Enacting Emotion Knowledge and Social-Information Processing to Achieve Competent Behavior. Symposium presented at the Head Start National Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Mincic, M.,  Segal, Y., Morris, Way, E. L., Warren, H. K., & Morris, C. A.S., (2007,  May). Attachment, parent-child emotion communication, and middle schoolers’ propensities to forgive. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington DC.
  • Winsler, A. Feder, M., & Way, E. (2003, April). Parental attitudes and beliefs concerning children’s private speech. In A. Winsler (Chair), Awareness, attitudes, and beliefs concerning children’s private speech: Perspectives from children, parents, and teachers. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.
  • Way, E., Karas, T., Madigan, A., Tyler, S., & Winsler, A. (2002, April). Videogame playing,parental monitoring, and children’s academic performance and behavior problems. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference on Human Development. Charlotte, NC.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Way, E., & Umpleby, J., (2002, April). “Let’s make a big daddy cookie again!” Continuity and change in guided participation over time. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference on Human Development, Charlotte, NC.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Way, E., & Umpleby, J., (2001, April). Preschoolers’ guided participation with mothers in a cooking activity. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development,  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Way, E., Umpleby, J., & Vandermaas-Peeler, M. (2001, March). Maternal scaffolding of preschoolers’ cooking activities. Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Lexington, KY.
  • Way, E., & Vandermaas-Peeler, M. (2000, April). Scaffolding & guided participation: A follow-up study. Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula,  MT.
  • Umpleby, J., Gilliam, J., Carter, K Fonville C., & Way, E. (2000, April). Playful work: Student leadership in the Honors Classroom. Presented at the Southern Regional Honors Council Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

     

    Invited Addresses:

    • Way, E. L. (2010, July). The struggling child: An overview of disorders that emerge in childhood. Workshop given for Williams & Connolly, LLP, Washington, DC.
    • Way, E. L. (2010, May). You CAN do it!!! Promoting healthy self-esteem and resilience in your child. Workshop given for Williams & Connolly, LLP, Washington, DC.
    • Way, E. L. (2010, January). Disciplining your young child. Workshop given for Williams & Connolly, LLP, Washington, DC.

     

    Professional Afiliations:

    • American Psychological Association
      - Division 33 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
      - Division 7 Developmental Psychology
    • Society for Research in Child Development
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
      - Pennsylvania Association for Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

 
Way

Erin Way, Ph.D.
Psychology and Counseling Department

     Upland, Room 125
     610-750.8338
     erin.way@alvernia.edu




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