B.A (psychology), M.A . and Ph.D. (Human development and family sciences) The University of Texas at Austin
Laura earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a focus on early childhood, at The University of Texas. Laura has taught early childhood subjects at The University of Texas and Charles Sturt University in child guidance, early childhood curriculum, research in early childhood and child development. Laura was also was a lead teacher of infants and toddlers at the University of Texas Lab School, and has worked as a parent educator for a community health organisation. Laura's research focuses on supporting parent-child and teacher-parent relationships, child guidance and environmental sustainability in early childhood. Laura has a specific interest in the birth – two educational sector.
2016 Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), citation for sustained excellence in scholarship in early childhood education that enhances student learning by connecting research, families and communities
2015 CSU Faculty of Education Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2015 CSU Faculty & Division Awards for Academic Excellence
2006 HDFS Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Texas
2000 American Association for University Women Fellowship, University of Texas
2000 Estelle B. Sharp Memorial Scholarship, University of Texas