Sarah Roseberry Lytle Awarded National Zero to Three Fellowship

I-LABS' director of outreach and education, Sarah Roseberry Lytle, has received a 2-year fellowship that will support her work disseminating the latest science of child development to those who can put the research into action.

headshot of Sarah Roseberry LytleLytle, who has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Temple University, is one of 10 fellows in the 2014-2016 class, representing eight states across the U.S. and Australia. She was selected from 170 applicants, according to the fellowship program.

The fellows represent a diversity of disciplines, including psychology, law, pediatrics, parent education, mental health, public health and social work.

“Zero to Three is pleased to welcome Dr. Lytle as a fellow and we are excited about the expertise, knowledge, and perspective she brings to the fellowship,” said Matthew Melmed, Zero to Three Executive Director, in a news release.

“Her work to disseminate critical information on the science of early development to a broad audience of professionals, families, and policy makers brings a unique and important contribution to the fellowship experience,” he added.

Zero to Three is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers with resources in early development. Their fellowship program began in 1981 as a way to bring together professionals who are working with infants, toddlers and their families as a way to improve the lives of young children in communities around the country.

At I-LABS, Lytle leads the Institute's efforts to make child development research accessible, especially to parents, preschool teachers and other caregivers. She and the I-LABS outreach team are developing a library of online training modules that give science-based strategies for boosting social, emotional, cognitive and linguistic development in children younger than five.

During the fellowship, Lytle will work both with the I-LABS outreach team and with the Zero to Three fellows to develop strategies on how to best communicate the science of child development to underserved populations who lack access to research findings, including multilingual families and early learning professionals who work with young children.

"I am excited that the fellowship will allow me to collaborate with other people from a variety of fields and with a variety of expertise," Lytle said.

“By making a concerted effort to communicate the latest research, particularly to the most vulnerable populations, I hope that we can reduce the preparation gap and give all infants and toddlers the best start in life," she added.