Diana Leyva, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Psychology


Graduate Student Advisees: 

  • Rebecca McGregor
  • Qianjin Guo
  • Emanuelle Silva

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Clark University
  • Post-Doctoral Training, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Research Interest Summary

Family Processes; Minority Families; Early language & Literacy; Early Math

Research Interests

Family processes; parenting; preschool; minority families; intervention programs; early language; early literacy; early math; school readiness; Latinx communities

Representative Publications (since 2015)

Leyva, D., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., Weiland, C., & Shapiro, A. (2023). Latino home learning opportunities, parental growth mindset, and child academic skills. Early Education & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2023.2190291

Leyva, D., Shapiro, A., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., Weiland, C., & Leech, K. (2022). Positive impacts of a strengths-based family program on Latino kindergarteners’ narrative language abilities. Developmental Psychology. Online First. doi: 10.1037/dev0001332

Leyva, D., Weiland, C., Shapiro, A., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., & Febles, A. (2022). A Strengths-Based, Culturally Responsive Family Intervention Improves Latino Kindergarteners’ Vocabulary and Approaches to Learning. Child Development. Online First. doi: 101111/cdev.13698. 

Leyva, D., Libertus, M., & McGregor, R. (2021). Relations between subdomains of home math activities and corresponding math skills in 4-year-old children. Education Sciences, 11, 594-609. doi: 10.3390/edusci11100594

Hornburg, C., …, Leyva, D., … & Purpura, D. (2021). New directions in measurement of the home mathematics environment: An international and interdisciplinary perspective. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 7, 195-220. doi: 10.5964/jnc.6143

Leyva, D., Catalan, D., Suarez, C., Tamis-LeMonda, C. & Yoshikawa, H. (2021). Mother-child reminiscing and first-graders’ emotion competence in a low-income and ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Cognition and Development, 22, 501-522. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2021.1908293

Leyva, D., von Suchodoletz, A., Doering, E., Shroff, D., Hinojo, A., & Kartner, J. (2021). Maternal book-sharing styles and goals and children’s verbal contributions in three communities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 54, 228-238. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.09.010

Leyva, D., Reese, E., Laible, D., Schaughency, E., Das, S., & Clifford, A. (2020). Measuring parents’ elaborative reminiscing: Differential links of parents’ elaboration to children’s autobiographical memory and socioemotional skills. Journal of Cognition and Development, 21, 23-45. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2019.1668395

Leyva, D., Tamis-LeMonda, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2019). What parents bring to the table: Maternal behaviors in a grocery game and first graders’ literacy and math skills in a low-income sample. The Elementary School Journal, 119, 629-650. doi: 10.1086/703104

Leyva, D. (2019). How do low-income Chilean parents support their preschoolers’ writing and math skills in a grocery game? Early Education and Development, 30, 114-130. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2018.1540250.

Leyva, D., Davis, A., & Skorb, L. (2018). Math intervention for Latino parents and kindergarteners based on food routines. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 2541-2551. doi: 10.1007/210826-018-1085-5.

Leyva, D., & Skorb, L. (2017). Food For Thought: Family food routines and literacy in Latino kindergarteners. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 52, 80-90. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2017.07.001.

Leyva, D., Tamis-LeMonda, C., Yoshikawa, H., Jimenez-Robbins, C., & Malachowski, L.  (2017). Grocery games: How ethnically diverse low-income mothers support children’s mathematics and literacy. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 40, 63-76. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2017.01.001.

Leyva, D., Weiland, C., Barata, C., Yoshikawa, H., Snow, C., Trevino, E., & Rolla, A. (2015). Teacher-child interactions in Chile and their associations with prekindergarten outcomes. Child Development, 86, 781-799. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12342.

Yoshikawa, H., Leyva, D., Snow, C., Trevino, E., Rolla, A., Barata, C., Weiland, C. & Arbour, C. (2015). Experimental impacts of a teacher professional development program in Chile on preschool classroom quality and child outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 51, 309-322. doi: 10.1037/a0038785.


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