Center on the Family Faculty Profiles
Barbara D. DeBaryshe
Interim Director & Specialist
Miller Hall, Room 103
debarysh@hawaii.edu
(808)956-5303/(808)956-4140

Profile

Barbara DeBaryshe has been a faculty member at the Center on the Family since 1994.  She is a developmental psychologist by training and has been privileged to bring this perspective to multidisciplinary collaborations in the areas of early childhood education, developmental psychopathology, and early childhood health.  She has received over $6 million in grants and contracts as principal investigator and participated as a co-investigator on many other projects.  Dr. DeBaryshe has evaluated child health and Native Hawaiian education programs and serves on community advisory boards relating to child and family wellbeing.  Her current research addresses early childhood literacy, professional development models for preschool teachers, family educational involvement, and the early learning system in Hawaiʻi. Dr. DeBaryshe is a cooperating graduate faculty member in the Departments of Educational Psychology, Psychology, and Curriculum Studies.

Degree

  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Areas of Expertise

  • Early childhood curriculum
  • Teacher professional development
  • Child development, parent-child interaction, and child and classroom assessment
  • Program evaluation

Areas of Interest

  • Improving the quality of early childhood education
  • Family educational involvement
  • Family resilience
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander families

Research and Outreach Projects

  • Hawaiʻi Early Learning Needs Assessment (2016 – present). Funded by theHawaiʻi Children’s Action Network. This project provides statewide data on resources and needs for early learning programs serving children from birth through kindergarten entry. The work includes surveys of center- and home-based childcare providers and family-child interaction learning programs, and mapping the number of early learning seats per capita child population. Results will inform advocacy efforts and strategic planning for the State’s early learning system.
  • Research and Extension in Early Learning and Well-being (2013 - present). Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This project addresses original research on early literacy development, family engagement, and teacher change. The current focus is theoretical models of the acquisition of alphabet knowledge and implications for early literacy instruction.
  • Hawaii Youth Opportunities Data Analysis (2011 - present). Ivette Rodriguez Stern is the PI on this project which is funded by the EPIC Ohana, Inc. The Youth Opportunities Program supports young adults leaving foster care make successful transitions into housing, higher education, work, and financial security. We provide data analysis to support program evaluation, decision-making, and policy advocacy.
  • Hui A‘o Mua: An Early Reading First Project (2009 – 2013).  Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs. We provided intensive professional development to Head Start teachers and worked with families to support their involvement in their children’s education. Measured outcomes included classroom quality, fidelity of curriculum implementation, parental involvement, children’s gains on language and literacy skills, and performance in kindergarten.

Courses

  • FAMR 331 Infancy and Early Childhood
  • FAMR 332 Childhood
  • FAMR 341 Parenting
  • FAMR 380 Research Methods
  • EDCS/EDEP 669 Independent Study
  • EDCS 618 Seminar in Early Childhood Education—Preschool Literacy
  • EDCS 632 Research Methods 
  • EDEP 700 Thesis Research
  • EDEP 665 Social Cognition and Competence
  • EDEP 768-F Seminar in Educational Psychology: Parent-Child Relations
  • EDEP 800 Dissertation Research

Recent Publications

  • DeBaryshe. B. D., & Gauci, K. T. (in press). Early Reading First as a model for improving literacy instruction and child outcomes. In C. McLachlan and A. Arrow (Eds.). Literacy in the early years: Reflections on international research and practice. (Vol. 12). International perspectives on early childhood education and development. M. Fleer and I. Pramling-Samuelsson, Series Eds. New York: Springer.
  • Nigg, C. R., Anwar, M-U., Braun, K. L. Mercado, J., Fialkowski, M. K., Ropeti Areta, A. A., Belyeu-Camacho, T., Bersamin, A., Leon Guerrero, R., Castro, R., DeBaryshe, B., Vargo, A. M., Van der Ryn, M., Braden, K. W., & Novotny, R. (2016) A review of promising multicomponent environmental child obesity prevention intervention strategies by the Children's Healthy Living Program. Journal of Environmental Health, 79(3), 18-26.
  • Choy, A., DeBaryshe, B., Fong, G., Gorecki, D., Martin, J., Nemoto, M., & Tom, A. (2013). The Hawaii Early Learning and Development Standards supplemental guides for infants and toddlers, Building security: Infants birth-8 months. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaiʻi P20 Partnerships for Education and Center on the Family.
  • Choy, A., DeBaryshe, B., Fong, G., Gorecki, D., Martin, J., Nemoto, M., & Tom, A. (2013). The Hawaii Early Learning and Development Standards supplemental guides for infants and toddlers, Moving and exploring: Explorers 8-18 months . Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaiʻi P20 Partnerships for Education and Center on the Family.
  • Choy, A., DeBaryshe, B., Fong, G., Gorecki, D., Martin, J., Nemoto, M., & Tom, A. (2013). The Hawaii Early Learning and Development Standards supplemental guides for infants and toddlers, Discovering identity: Toddlers 18-24 months. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaiʻi P20 Partnerships for Education and Center on the Family.
  • DeBaryshe, B. D., Kim, J., Davidson, D. H., & Gorecki, D. M. (2013).  She is awesome and retains information like a sponge: Parent and child outcomes of the Learning Connections family involvement curriculum.  NHSA Dialog, 16(1), 120-140.
  • DeBaryshe, B. D., Kim, J., Davidson, D. H., & Gorecki, D. M. (2013).  She is awesome and retains information like a sponge: Implications of the Learning Connections family involvement curriculum for Head Start.  NHSA Dialog, 16(1), 198-203.
  • Fialkowski, M. K., DeBaryshe, B., Bersamin A., Nigg, C., Leon Guerro, R., Rojas, G., Areta, A. A. R., Vargo, A., Belyeu-Camacho, T., Castro, R., Luik, N., Novotny, R., & the Children’s Healthy Living for Remote Underserved Populations in the Pacific Region Program Team (2013). A community engagement process identifies environmental priorities to prevent early child obesity: The Children’s Healthy Living (CHL) program for remote underserved populations in the US affiliated Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and Alaska. Maternal and Child Health Journal. DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1353-3
  • Novotny, R., Fialkowski, M. K., Areta, A. A. R., Bersamin, A., Braun, K., DeBaryshe, B., Deenik, J., Dunn, M., Hollyer, J., Kim, J. et al. (2013). The Pacific way to child wellness: The Children’s Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations of the Pacific Region (CHL). Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: A Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health, 72(11), 406-408
  • Wilson, L. B., DeBaryshe, B. D., Singh, M., & Taba, S. (2013). Evaluating two oral health video interventions with Early Head Start families. International Journal of Dentistry. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/437830
  • DeBaryshe, B. D., Ripke, M. & Stern, I. R. (2010). Multiethnic families in Hawai‘i: Strengths and challenges. In H. McCubbin et al (Eds.). Multiethnicity & multiethnic families: Development, Identity and resilience (pp. 97 – 115). Honolulu, HI: Le‘a Publications.

Awards

  • 2011 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Excellence in Extension award

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