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Celina M. Chatman-Nelson University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Celina Chatman-Nelson (Ph.D, Rutgers University) is a Visiting Program Associate in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs a project aiming to identify challenges and solutions in preparing early childhood teachers to work with all young children and their families. She was formerly associate director for the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at Erikson Institute, and prior to that she was associate director for the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Chatman-Nelson also worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and Institute for Research on Women and Gender, where she led analyses on adolescent identity and achievement motivation in the context of race and ethnicity. Other edited volumes include Developmental Pathways Through Middle Childhood (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005, with Catherine Cooper, Cynthia Garcia Coll, W. Todd Bartko and Helen Davis) and Navigating the Future: Social Identity, Coping, and Life Tasks (Russell Sage Foundation, 2005, with Geraldine Downey and Jacquelynne S. Eccles). Dr. Chatman-Nelson received her PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University.