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Research Affiliates & Industry Partners

Our research affiliates support the mission of Picard Center by working with our research staff, lending their expertise in far-reaching collaborative efforts to enhance the overall well-being of children’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. Their research and community practices align with the center’s commitment to improve children’s learning and development at home, in school, and out in the community. Our affiliates are both internal University research faculty as well as industry partners and scholars.

Interested in working with us and becoming a Research Affiliate? Contact us today!


Research Affiliates


  • Christine Briggs, Ph.D. - Associate Professor & Director, Center for Gifted Education, College of Education
  • Jeanne Cartier, Ph.D., APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE - Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing & Allied Health Professions
  • Holly L. Damico, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • Irvin Esters, Ph.D. - Department Head & Professor, Counselor Education, College of Education
  • Tori Flint, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Educational Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Craig Forsyth, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Child & Family Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Michelle Haj-Broussard, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Educational Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Natalie Keefer, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Educational Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Latifey LaFleur, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Couneslor Education, College of Education
  • Hung-Chu Lin, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ryan L. Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Department Head & Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dianne Olivier, Ph.D. - Professor, Educational Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Emily Sandoz, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Robert Slater, Ph.D. - Professor, Educational Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Scott Smith, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • David Spruill, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Counselor Education, College of Education
  • Whitney Storey, M.S. - Instructor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer Tetnowski, PhD, CCC-SLP - Clinical Supervisor, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • John A. Tetnowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • Mitzi Trahan, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Educational Foundations & Leadership, College of Education
  • Christine Weill, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Director, Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • Anne Williams, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F - Clinical Supervisor, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Liberal Arts
  • Doug Williams, Ph.D. - Professor & Director, Center for Innovative Learning and Assessment Technology, College of Education
  • Caryn Winters, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts

Industry Partners & Scholars


  • Christine Duay - Director of Early Childhood, Lafayette Parish School System
  • Traci Aucoin - GEARUP Project Director, Lafayette Parish School System
  • Irma D. Trosclair - Interim Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System
  • Nicole Angelle - Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement, St. Martin Parish School District
  • Jill B. Slack, Ph.D. - Director, Literacy Office, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Carey Laviolette - Superintendent, Iberia Parish School District
  • Lola V. Thomas - Early Childhood Facilitator, Vermilion Parish School System
  • Carlee Alm-LaBar - President/CEO, United Way of Acadiana
  • Dana Hunter, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Louisiana Children's Cabinet
  • Barzanna White, Ph.D. - District School Psychologist & School Climate Transformation Grant Director, Caddo Parish Schools
  • Linda Beeber, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, FAAN - Professor & Assistant Dean, Psychiatric/Mental Health, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • R. Steven Harrison, Ph.D. - President, Bach Harrison, LLC
  • Alexis Roth, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Assistant Professor, Community Health & Prevention, School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Nora Lee, Ph.D. - Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Marie Collins, MA, LPC, LMFT, LAC - Executive Director, The Family Tree: Information, Education, & Counseling Center
  • Thomas R. "Rusty" Fornea - Executive Director, ADAPT (All Deserve Advocacy, Prevention & Treatment), Inc.