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Early Experiences Research Center



The Early Experiences Research Center (EERC) is a laboratory designed to examine the experiences of infants and young children in multiple and diverse contexts. Research in the EERC is conducted with children and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in the United States as well as other parts of the world. EERC projects are focused primarily on understanding children’s experiences and development in the important social and cultural contexts of their lives.


  • To conduct basic and applied research related to how children develop and what they experience in multiple and diverse contexts
  • To provide educational and research opportunities for UT students
  • To connect research findings to meaningful outcomes for children, families, and communities and promote the health and well-being of at risk populations
  • To promote integrative inquiry by combining basic research with outreach and service learning research


Current Projects

  • Updates Coming Soon!

Opportunities for Student Involvement

The EERC offers a variety of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to get involved through research, practicum experiences, or independent studies. For more information, contact Hillary Fouts or Julia Jaekel.



EERC Meeting

Co-Director: Hillary Fouts, PhD
Co-Director: Julia Jaekel, PhD
Graduate Research Assistant: Lauren Bader
Graduate Research Assistant: Hayley Moran
Graduate Research Assistant: Jennifer Ward
Graduate Research Assistant: Meghan Parrish


Contact Information

Dr. Hillary Fouts

Co-Director: Hillary N. Fouts
Child and Family Studies
Jessie Harris Building
Room 116/421


Julia Jaekel

Co-Director: Julia Jaekel
Child and Family Studies
Jessie Harris Building,
Room 116/417

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