Amanda Lawrence

Amanda Lawrence

Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Choe and Dr. Zhe Chen


School success can significantly increase opportunities for positive developmental outcomes across the lifespan, but unfortunately, children do not come to school equally prepared and ready to learn. As a former school counselor, my research focuses on the examination and elimination of barriers to school readiness in early childhood and later academic engagement. Currently, I am working on projects to identify the influence of young children’s screen time on school readiness through self-control and language acquisition - powerful predictors of later academic success - and to support children who have experienced trauma so that they may reap the full range of benefits offered by their schools and communities. More information can be found on our lab page.


Mangurten, A. C. (2011). First client, first impact. In R. M. Borunda, What is the color of your heart: A humanist approach to diversity (pp. 239 -240). Dubaque, IA. Kendall Hunt. (Published under my maiden name)


Conference Presentations:

Blums, A., Chen, Z., Lawrence, A., & Breen. L. (2017). Learning science: The roles of instructional approach and executive function. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Austin, Texas

Lawrence, A. C., Usacheva, M., Tom, T. C., Ali, R.,Yi, E., & Choe, D. E. (2017). Is there an app for that? Effortful Control, Parenting, and Mobile and Interactive Media Use in Preschoolers. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Western Psychological Association Convention in Sacramento, California.

Usacheva, M., Choe, D. E., Tom, T., McClurg, C., & Lawrence, A. (2017). The role of parenting and household chaos on child’s hot effortful control and externalizing in early childhood. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Western Psychological Association Convention in Sacramento, California.

Tom, T. C., Lawrence, A. C., & Choe, D. E. (2017). Gratification stratification: Are there social consequences to children’s screen time through its effects on self-control? Poster to be presented at the 2017 UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference in Davis, California.


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