Dr. Garene Kaloustian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education.
Her research interests lie in the area of teacher quality of care, classroom environment and children’s social-emotional development, especially in Lebanese public schools; in line with this, she studies the implications of policymaking on quality of care, and teacher practices.
Her other area of interest focuses on the study of mother-child attachment relationships in preschoolers. She is especially interested in investigating the development of the secure base phenomenon, its relations to the quality of maternal caregiving among “at-risk” populations (abuse, poverty, war) and children’s social outcomes in the preschool setting, among peers. Most of her research has involved the use of observational methodologies in naturalistic settings (e.g., home, playgrounds and schools).
- Teacher sensitivity/quality of caregiving
- Impact of teacher sensitivity on children’s social competence
- Impact of environment on teachers’ quality of interaction with child
- Mother-child attachment relationships
- Influence of attachment relationships on children’s social competence
- Translating policy into research and practice and research to policy making
- Kaloustian, G., & Posada, G. (2009, April). Secure Base Behaviour and Representations: Associations with Social Competence in Childhood. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Children Development. Denver, CO.
- Posada, G., Carbonell, O. A., Kaloustian, G., & Lu, T (2009, April). The Maternal Secure Base Support - Child Secure Base Use Link in Preschoolers: Findings in Two Difference Cultural Groups. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Children Development. Denver, CO.
- Lu, T., Posada, G., Kaloustian, G., & Carbonell, O. A. (2009, April). The Development of Attachment Relationships during the Preschool Years: Stability and Change in Secure Base Use from Age 4 - 5.5. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Children Development. Denver, CO.
- Posada, G., Kaloustian, G. Richmond, M. K., Jacobs, A. (2007). Maternal Secure Base Support and Preschoolers’ Secure Base Behavior in Natural Environments. Journal of Attachment and Human Development
- Posada, G., & Kaloustian, G. Child-parent attachment relationships across the life-span. Manuscript in preparation for Handbook chapter (in preparation).
- Posada, G., Kaloustian, G., & Georgescu, O. Maternal secure base support and children’s quality of exploration. Manuscript (in preparation).
- Posada, G., Kaloustian, G., & Bárrig, P. (2007, April). The secure base phenomenon in preschoolers: Child secure-base behavior and narratives about using mom as a secure base. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Children Development. Boston, MA.
- Carbonell, O. A, Posada, G., Kaloustian, G., Plata, S., & Alzate, G. (2004, May). A descriptive ethnographic study of caregivers’ interactive behavior in a daycare setting. Paper presented at the Symposium The nature and developmental influences of caregiving relationships in infant-toddler child care. 14th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies. ISIS. Chicago, IL.
- Presentation for the Arab Group on the session on “The Situation of Children in the Middle East.” New York, NY, September 2005. Ramadan, M., & Kaloustian, G. The situation of children in Lebanon.
Doctorate of Philosophy (2008), Department of Child Development and Family Studies, School of Arts and Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Dissertation topic: Child Attachment Security, Attachment Representations and Social Competence in Early School Years.
Master of Science (2004), Department of Child Development and Family Studies, School of Arts and Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Thesis Topic: Maternal Sensitivity and Representations
Bachelor of Arts (2000), Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. Undergraduate research thesis: Quality of care of classroom teachers in US vs. Europe
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