Ariadne Nelson

Boston College

Ariadne Nelson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. Previously, she was a doctoral student at Boston College in applied developmental and educational psychology. For DREME, Ari is a part of the Parent and Early Caregiver Engagement and the Making More of Math projects. Ari is interested in examining the role of parent-child and whole-family conversations and interactions in children’s learning and development. She is also interested in studying parenting and family processes from a family systems perspective. Ari received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in infant mental health from Mills College, where she conducted a thesis study examining family contributions to preschoolers’ cognitive development and delay of gratification. Ari has interned at the Museum of Science, Boston, worked as an early childhood assessor for SRI International and Abt Associates, and worked for Resource Development Associates, a consulting firm specializing in evaluation, strategic planning, and grant writing for government agencies and nonprofits.