Monica manages a range of research and evaluation projects, with a special focus on programs serving children and families. Her research work has encompassed a range of topics, including parenting and parent education, children’s mental health, child welfare, domestic violence, and substance use. She also has a background and special interest in parent education and has been involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of parent education programs and curricula.
Prior to joining Wilder in 2005, Monica coordinated and assisted in the development of a parent education program at the University of Connecticut, facilitated parent education classes, and conducted research examining child development in cross-cultural contexts.
Monica has a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English from St. Olaf College.