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Brigitte M. Vittrup, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Fall 2013)
Early Childhood Development and Education
(University of Texas, 2007)

Research Interests

  • Racial socialization practices
  • Media influences on childrenís development
  • Childhood guidance and discipline

Recent Publications

Vittrup, B. (in press). Colorblind or color-conscious: White American mothersí approaches to racial socialization. Journal of Family Issues.

Vittrup, B. (2016). Early childhood teachersí approaches to multicultural education and perceived barriers to disseminating anti-bias messages. Multicultural Education, 23(3-4), 37-41.

Vittrup, B. (2016). Ethnic and racial identity development. In D. Couchenour & J. K. Chrisman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education (pp. 549-550). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Vittrup, B., Snider, S., Rose, K., & Rippy, J. (2016). Parental perceptions of the role of media in their young childrenís lives. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 14(1), 43-54.

Vittrup, B. (2015, November). How to improve group work: Perspectives from students. Faculty Focus.

Rose, K., Vittrup, B., & Leveridge, T. (2013). Parental decision making about technology and quality in child care programs, Child and Youth Care Forum, 42(5), 475-488.

Vittrup, B., & Holden, G. H. (2011). Exploring the impact of educational television and parent- child discussions on childrenís racial attitudes.  Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11(1), 82-104.

Holden, G. W., Vittrup, B., & Rosen, L. (2011). Families, parenting, and discipline. In M. Underwood & L. Rosen (Eds.), Social development: Relationships in infancy, childhood, and adolescence (pp. 127-152). New York, NY: Guilford.

Vittrup, B. (2010). Television in early care programs: Cautions and guidelines. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 34(3), 24-29.

Vittrup, B., & Holden, G. W. (2010). Childrenís assessments of corporal punishment and other disciplinary practices: The role of race, SES, age, and exposure to spanking. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31,211-220.

Vittrup, B. (2009). What U.S. parents donít know about their childrenís television use: Discrepancies between parentsí and childrenís reports.  Journal of Children and Media, 3(1), 51-67.

Published OpEds:

Vittrup, B. (2016, April 27). Stop students who cheat before they become cheating professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Vittrup, B. (2016, April 5). Are Texas teachers prepared to handle growing diversity in the classroom? Dallas Morning News.

Vittrup, B. (2016, January 18). Itís time to make race talk more common and less awkward. Raising Race Conscious Children.

Vittrup, B. (2015, December 4). Why do we need gender parity? ĎBecause itís 2015.í Womenís E-News. 151202/ why-do-we-need-gender-parity-because-its-2015

Vittrup, B. (2015, October 23). Why itís wrong for pediatricians to eliminate daily screen time recommendations. The Conversation.

Vittrup, B. (2015, October 13). Class DoJo app is already past its expiration date. Huffington Post.

Vittrup, B., & Alsabah, T. (2015, September 9). Teaching children about other religions can calm fears, bias. San Antonio Express-News.

Vittrup, B. (2015, August 21). Iím white. My husband is black. Why canít our children be both?  Coming to grips with interracial families and multiracial people. Houston Chronicle.

Vittrup, B. (2015, August 13). Handcuffs are not the solution to childrenís challenging behaviors. Huffington Post.

Vittrup, B. (2015, July 6). How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race. Washington Post.

Vittrup, B. (2015, April 29). Is it time to give up spanking? Medium.

Honors & Awards

Mary Mason Lyon Award, 2011
Awarded by Texas Womanís University to distinguished junior faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and service

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