Natasha Cabrera


  • Child development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • Hispanic students
  • Minority students
  • Poverty
  • Reading and literacy

Natasha Cabrera was an Executive Branch fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) before moving to the University of Maryland in 2002. Her research, funded by NICHD, focuses on father involvement and children’s development, adaptive and maladaptive factors in parenting as well as ethnic and cultural variations. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-editor of the second edition of Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, published by Taylor & Francis in 2013, and the first two volumes of Latina/o Child Psychology and Mental Health, published by Praeger in 2011. Cabrera is the associate editor of Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Child Development and the recipient of the National Council and Family Relations award for best research article regarding men in families in 2009. In 2015 the National Academy of Sciences appointed her to its committee supporting the parents of young children.