Awards and Honors
- Foundation for Child Development, 2012, Riecken Fellowship
- Distinguished Pass, 2010, Doctoral Candidacy
- National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), 2009, ECLS-B Fellowship
- Fordham University, 2007, Presidential Scholarship
- Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006, Human Development Departmental Scholarship
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 2006, Pfizer Fellow
PhD, Fordham University, 2012
Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2008
Masters of Arts in Developmental Psychology
BA, Touro College, 2003
Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology
Research and Creative Works
Social and emotional processes in early childhood. The role of culture, policy, and media in developmental and family processes. Early childhood education. Mother-child interactions. Parent-child interactions in Latino families.
ED 650: Rsrch/Thry in Dvlpng Literacy
ED 701: Issues & Trends in Early Child
ED 702: Understanding Young Children
ED 703: Family Professional Partner
ED 704: Blended Curricular Approaches
ED 710: Development Promotion
ED 713: Early Childhood Internship
TCH 204: Chld Dvlpmnt in Cntxt of Fmly
TCH 211: Profl Sem II: Keep Child Safe
TCH 306: Crtng Dvlp App Lrning Ex & Env
TCH 312: Fldwrk I in Erly Childhd Sett
TCH 313: Fldwrk II in Erly Childhd Sett
Publications and Presentations
Collectivist approaches for supporting young children’s narrative skills
Plotka, R. & Wang, X. (2019, April 5). 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Research Association. Toronto, Canada.
Supporting Latino children’s narrative skills through the use of culturally-responsive strategies: What can early childhood educators learn from Latino parents?
Plotka, R. & Wang, X. (2018, July 25). 13th International Conference on interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Granada, Spain.