Dr. Lia Sandilos is an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral research fellow in the Social Development Lab at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the SDL team, Lia was employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the Language and Literacy in Diverse Contexts Lab at Temple University. She also worked as a school psychologist in public charter and non-public schools in Philadelphia. She received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from Penn State University with a specialization in early childhood research. Lia’s current research focuses on the classroom environment and the provision of high quality instruction to young children, particularly those who are of low socioeconomic and culturally/racially diverse backgrounds. She is also interested in examining the psychometric properties of measures used in early childhood and elementary settings.