Diana Leyva

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Lab

https://foodforthought.pitt.edu/

Education and Training

PhD, Clark University; Post-doctoral training, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Research Interests

I study authentic familial practices that support preschool children’s early language, literacy and math development in ethnically diverse communities and use that information to design, implement, and evaluate intervention programs for families in these communities. My research has identified two rarely studied familial practices that promote school readiness and are meaningful and culturally relevant for families from diverse ethnic backgrounds: food routines (e.g., grocery shopping, cooking, mealtimes) and oral narratives (e.g., reminiscing).

2nd Language Learning Community & Family-based Learning Computer-supported Collaboration Literacy Coaching Reading Processes Robotic Learning Environments Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Developmental Processes and Outcomes Informal & Life-long Learning Reading & Language

Recent Publications

Leyva, D., Weiland, C., Shapiro, A., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., & Leech, K. (2022). Positive impacts of a strengths-based family program on Latino kindergarteners’ narrative language abilities. Developmental Psychology. Online First. doi: 10.1037/dev0001332

Leyva, D.,Yeomans-Maldonado, G., Weiland, C., & Shapiro, A. (2022). Latino kindergarteners' math growth, approaches to learning, and home numeracy practices. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Leyva, D., Weiland, C., Shapiro, A., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., &  Febles, A. (2022). A strengths-based, culturally responsive family intervention improves latino kindergarteners’ vocabulary and approaches to learning. Child Development.  Online First. doi: 101111/cdev.13698

Leyva, D., Shapiro, A., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., Weiland, C., & Leech, K. (2022). Positive impacts of a strengths-based family program on Latino kindergarteners’ narrative language abilities. Developmental Psychology.

Leyva, D., Libertus, M.E., & McGregor, R. (2021). Relations between subdomains of home math activities and corresponding math skills in 4-year-old children. Education Sciences, 11, 594-609. doi: 10.3390/edusci11100594.

Diana Leyva's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

How Getting Kids to Make Grocery Lists and Set the Table Can Improve Their Vocabulary and Willingness to Learn. Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and LRDC Research Scientist, was featured in The Conversation.

November 16, 2021

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Kudos to Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their research on “Personalizing Family Routines to Support Three-Year-Olds’ Math Skills.”

May 15, 2020

Diana Leyva is featured in Fox43 for her research on “Learning math and reading at the store!”

July 25, 2019

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Diana Leyva is featured in Child Trend News. There is a Spanish and an English version of the news and a link to a 10-min interview about her research “Grocery store math and reading add up!”

July 2019

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Diana Leyva blogs for the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) on “ECD implementation insights: Will this program work here? Assessing Feasibility”

October 4, 2018

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Contact

640 MURDC

DML114@pitt.edu

(412) 624-7068

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