Program Faculty

Catherine Main (Program Coordinator)

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Catherine Main is a senior lecturer in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is also the coordinator of the M.Ed program in Early Childhood Education.


BA: Marquette University
M.Ed: University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathleen Sheridan, PhD

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Kathleen M. Sheridan, PhD is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is also the program coordinator of the undergraduate Human Development and Learning program.  Kathy is the principal investigator on the grant-funded project Early Math Counts (formerly Math at Home), which focuses on the development of early math skills in children between the ages of birth and five.


BA: Drake University
MAED: Washington University
PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, PhD, CFLE

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Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, PhD, CFLE, is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Learning in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her qualitative research focuses on how ecological context (community), individual, and family factors promote the resilience of low-income, ethnic-minority families and children’s transition from preschool to kindergarten. Challenging notions of dysfunction, Sarai emphasizes families’ strengths and cultural resources, and highlights the active role that low-income families play in preparing their child for school entry. Sarai also explores concrete ways to further enrich home-school collaboration.


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human Development and Family Studies
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human and Community Development
BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sociology; Spanish (minor)

Stephanie Torres


Larissa Mulholland