Center for Childhood Creativity Staff
Education and Professional Background: Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Lehigh University, and a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Florida. Her extensive background in informal science education includes roles with the Museum of Science in Boston and work on PBS shows SciGirls and Dragonfly TV: Nano. Before joining the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), Lisa worked as the Deputy Director of Maker Ed.
Roles and Responsibilities: Through her work with the CCC and its museum partner, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM), Lisa puts research into the hands of educators and parents so that it is relevant and usable. This focus manifests itself in Lisa’s contributions to the CCC’s position papers; product development; professional development trainings; and her role overseeing BADM’s Fab Lab and its mobile engineering lab, the Try It Truck.
Areas of Expertise: In Lisa’s professional endeavors, she has shared science learning and research with teachers, students, informal educators, and other professionals so that they feel confident and supported. Her expertise is reflected in multi-media projects, research papers, and products, as well as in her efforts to establish an innovative museum practice for BADM.
Helen Hadani, Ph.D.
Education and Professional Background: Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and a Doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University. She has designed innovative learning products for toy and technology companies including Apple and LEGO, and taught classes on child development at UC Davis and San Francisco State University. She is the co-author of a chapter on research and museum partnerships in Relating Research and Practice: Cognitive Development in Museum Settings (2016).
Roles and Responsibilities: In addition to directing the Center for Childhood Creativity’s (CCC) research agenda, Helen authors publications that synthesize academic research on early childhood education for parents and educators. She works closely with staff from the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) and The Discovery School—BADM’s on-site preschool—to share knowledge on creative thinking in young children and guide curriculum development.
Areas of Expertise: Helen draws on her expertise in developmental psychology and playful learning to design and evaluate products and experiences that promote children’s curiosity, creativity, and love of learning. She serves on advisory boards for the LEGO Foundation, Nickelodeon Jr., and Goddard Schools and has close relationships with leading academics and researchers who support the CCC’s work.
Education and Professional Background: Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. She has served as the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Center of Science and Industry, is a founding member of the leadership team on early childhood for the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and, since 2014, has acted as the commissioner for First 5 Marin.
Roles and Responsibilities: Amy guides Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) staff in developing curriculum and creating marketing and communications content, as it relates to early childhood education. Her contributions to the Center for Childhood Creativity’s (CCC) position papers and collateral come from the perspective of how to apply research findings to daily life. She is also responsible for creating professional development trainings for BADM staff and external clients, including teachers and librarians.
Areas of Expertise: Amy’s deep academic understanding of early childhood education—and the more than ten years she has spent in the field—is evident in the way she contributes to the design of museum programs and exhibits, operations, and informal evaluations. Her passion and practical experience influences her work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers.