Deborah Vandell is Professor and Founding Dean of Education at the University of California, Irvine where she also is a Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. Prior to these appointments, Professor Vandell was the Sears Bascom Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The author of more than 150 articles and four books, Professor Vandell’s research focuses on the effects of developmental contexts (early child care, schools, after-school programs, families, neighborhoods) on children’s social, behavioral, and academic functioning. As one of the principal investigators with the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, she has conducted an intensive study of the development of 1300 children from birth through 26 years. This work is viewed by many social scientists as one of the most comprehensive studies of the short-term and long-term effects of early child care. For 30 years, Professor Vandell also has studied the effects of after-school programs, extracurricular activities and unsupervised out-of-school settings on child and adolescent development, with a particular focus on low-income children of color. This body of work is widely cited as evidence of the benefits after-school programs and activities. Professor Vandell received the faculty distinguished achievement award in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin and a distinguished teaching award at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational Research Association.