Dr. Robert Pianta

Robert C. Pianta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia. He is a professor in both the Curry School of Education, where he is the Novartis U.S. Foundation Professor in Education, and in the Department of Psychology. A former special education teacher, he is a developmental, school, and clinical child psychologist, whose current work focuses on investigating the effects of schooling on children’s social and academic outcomes and on improving school and classroom experiences through teachers’ professional development. Dr. Pianta is closely involved in developing observational assessments of classroom environments and in efforts to build observationally-based systems for professional development in early education settings. Dr. Pianta is a principal investigator on several major research and training grants including: MyTeachingPartner, a web-based professional development intervention; the IES-funded Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Risk and Prevention; the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development; and the National Center for Early Development and Learning Multi-State Pre-K Study. He is also Editor of the Journal of School Psychology. Dr. Pianta is the author of more than two hundred journal articles, chapters, and books in the areas of early childhood development, transition to school, school readiness, and parent-child and teacher-child relationships, and he consults regularly with Federal agencies, Foundations, and universities.