Claire Son, PhD


Dr. Claire Son is an associate professor and program director of Reading and Literacy and the director of EARLY lab ( in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. Her research and teaching focus on early childhood education of school readiness skills, including early literacy, language, and self-regulation among young at-risk children who experience social and economic disparity. She is interested in the identification of important predictors of early childhood literacy learning in the home, school, community environments; further, she has actively conducted research studies on the role of children's own socioemotional capabilities, including executive functions, behavioral regulation, attention, and engagement, and how these capabilities can be supported by multimedia technologies to promote literacy learning.

Dr. Son was a recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)'s distinguished research award in Human Development and outstanding dissertations awards in Early Education and awards in Human Development. Her community literacy research received AERA Education Research Service Project award and Faculty Fellow Award from the University of Utah. She has actively served public and community organizations, including Utah School Readiness Board, Salt Lake City Public Library, and Sesame Workshop, Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and MA's in Educational Research Methods and Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.