Dr. Anne Bentley Waddoups is an assistant professor of Family and Child Development at Southern Virginia University, where she teaches infant development, adolescent development, parenting, childhood across cultures, developmental theory, and research methods.
Prior to joining the SVU faculty in January 2017, Dr. Waddoups worked in both academic and applied settings in her field. These roles included serving as Director of Research & Development for Jumpstart, a national early literacy non-profit; teaching human development in Boston University’s Graduate School of Social Work; consulting and conducting program evaluations for organizations serving children and families; and conducting child development research on topics including home visiting interventions for at-risk parents, developmental NICU protocols for premature infants, and parent engagement.
Her diverse academic interests include parenting, implicit beliefs, infancy, social and emotional development, attachment, parenting interventions, and qualitative research methods. She was a recipient of the ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century National Fellowship and serves as Communications Chair of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows. Currently she’s exploring implicit beliefs of parenting, or “meta-parenting mindset,” and the influence of parenthood on adult development.
Besides teaching and studying development and parenting, Dr. Waddoups enjoys movies, road trips, hiking, design, music, calligraphy, creative writing, and a good laugh. Over the years, she and her husband have enjoyed raising their family of three children in DC, Massachusetts, and Australia. They now love calling Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley home.
B.A., English, Utah State University; M.A., Child Development, Tufts University; PhD, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University; Graduate coursework in Public Administration, University of Utah
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