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Meet the Team

We are a collaboration between academics from Kenya, Zambia, and the UK

 

Kenya Team Members

Kisii University, Kenya; Aston University, United Kingdom

Research site: Nanyuki, Kenya

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Dr. Pamela Wadende

Developmental Psychologist and Postgraduate Studies Coordinator at the School of Education and Human Resource Development, Kisii University, Kenya

Pamela is a co-investigator and the senior investigator for the Kenya site, working with Henriette to supervise and manage all aspects of the project including data collection, personnel, grant fund use, and impact work.

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Dr. Henriette Zeidler

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, UK

Based in Nanyuki, Kenya

Henriette is the local coordinator for the Kenya site, supervising assistants, supporting teachers to develop their networks, managing data collection, leading dissemination, and liaising with schools and officials in the Nanyuki area.

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Dr. Grace Anyango Koteng'

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kisii University, Kenya

Grace is a co-investigator and the intermediary between the Kenya team, and the Kenya advisors and key stakeholders, leading on engagement and dissemination.

 

Kenyan research assistants & teachers

Stephen Kuom

Research assistant

Caroline Wanjiru

Research assistant

Dennis Wachira

Research assistant

Robert Lochiam

Research assistant

John Lolo

Research assistant

Nancy Gathigia

ECDE teacher

Veronica Muthoni

ECDE teacher

 

Zambia Team Members

University of Zambia, Zambia

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Dr. Haatembo Mooya

Head of Department and Lecturer in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Haatembo is a co-investigator and the senior investigator for the Zambia site, overseeing all aspects of the project, supervising project personnel, managing grant fund use, and mentoring Barnabas.

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Dr. Barnabas Simatende

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Barnabas is the local coordinator for the Zambia site, supervising assistants, supporting teachers to develop networks, managing data collection, leading dissemination, and liaising with schools, officials, advisors and stakeholders.

 

Zambian research assistants & teachers

Nchimunya Simatende

Research assistant

Inonge Mooto

Research assistant

Josias Gabriel Muuba

Research assistant

Billy Simalambo

Research assistant

Nabita Nabita

Research assistant

Moses Mubita

ECDE teacher

Cynthia Miyanda Siloka

ECDE teacher

Josephine Musialela

ECDE teacher

Dorothy Silishebo

ECDE teacher

 

UK Team Members

Aston University, United Kingdom: Lead Research Organisation

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Reader in Psychology at the College of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, UK

Laura is Principal Investigator and the senior investigator for the language development aspect of the project.

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Director of Applied Health Research Group at the College of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, UK

Claire is a co-investigator and the senior investigator for the mealtime and nutrition aspect of the project.

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Lecturer at the College of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, UK

Megan is a nutrition expert collaborating on all nutrition aspects of the project, and overseeing dietary data collection and analysis.

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Reader in Cognitive Development at the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK

Danielle is a co-investigator and language development expert collaborating on all language aspects of the project, and assisting with the analysis of language development and coding of naturalistic interaction.

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Dr. Ciara Kelly

Research Associate at the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Ciara is a language development expert leading on the development of a coding scheme to explore the quality and quantity of language during mealtimes, and overseeing the coding of communication during naturalistic interaction.