Department of Education
Assistant Professor Toko Oshio, PhD, teaches socio-emotional development, early childhood curriculum development, infant and toddler development and assessment courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. From an ecological and child development perspective, she teaches early childhood educators how to help young children develop and learn holistically. She believes that her students should become critical evaluators and users of information, and teaches evidence-based practices.
Oshio studies child development from an ecological perspective using quantitative methods. Her primary research interest is in the area of socio-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children. She has studied development in young children in the U.S. and Japan while considering family context, school and child care environment, and culture. Her research interests include both biological and environmental factors that relate to child development and interactions among these factors, and both within and between group differences. Currently, Oshio is investigating the efficacy of a music intervention for the prosodic development in children with ASD through the use of fMRI.