Michigan State University

College of Social Science

Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Skibbe Lori Skibbe
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Virginia

Research Statement
Research in the Skibbe lab focuses on individual differences in the development of literacy skills, with an emphasis on three themes: (1) children’s literacy development in the context of schools and families, (2) the long-term consequences of depressed language on emergent literacy skills, and (3) implementing and evaluating intervention programs that advance instructional techniques and educational opportunities for children at risk for reading difficulties. Dr. Skibbe is also the Director of Research at the Child Development Laboratories (CDL) at MSU. This involves managing the ongoing data collection efforts at the East Lansing and Haslett sites, and as part of this project, the Skibbe lab works to understand children’s early literacy and socioemotional development from 18 to 60 months of age. Approximately 200 children are currently enrolled in the lab schools. As well as being resources for research and training sites for students of child development, both CDL schools meet the highest quality standards for instruction and are accredited by NAEYC.

Research Publications    
2009Skibbe, L. E., Moody, A. J., Justice, L. M., & McGinty, A. S. (in press). Socio-emotional climate of storybook reading interactions for mothers and preschoolers with language impairment. Reading & Writing: In Interdisciplinary Journal.
2008Skibbe, L. E., Justice, L. M., Zucker, T. A., & McGinty, A. S. (2008). Relations among maternal literacy beliefs, home literacy practices, and the early literacy skills of preschoolers with specific language impairment. Early Education and Development, 19, 68-88.
2008Skibbe, L. E., Grimm, K. J., Stanton-Chapman, T. L., Justice, L. M., Pence, K. L., & Bowles, R. P., (2008). Reading trajectories of children with language difficulties from preschool through grade five. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 39, 475-486.
2004Skibbe, L., Behnke, M., & Justice, L. (2004). Parental scaffolding of phonological awareness: Interactions between mothers and their preschoolers with language impairment. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 25, 189-203.