Vivian L. Gadsden

William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education
Learning, Teaching, and Literacies Division

Director, National Center on Fathers and Families
Associate Director, National Center on Adult Literacy
Co-Faculty Director, Penn Early Childhood and Family Research Center


  • Ed.D. (Educational Psychology and Policy) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988
  • B.A. (Psychology and English) Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1978
Areas of Expertise
  • Literacy and at-risk youth
  • Fathers and families
  • Intergenerational learning
  • Parental engagement

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