Dr. Squires earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include the development and use of self-regulation during the early childhood years and the influence of socioeconomic contexts (e.g., poverty, homelessness) on children’s cognitive development. Much of her research is devoted to understanding developmental processes among low-income and at-risk children. She primarily conducts longitudinal quantitative research utilizing samples of children and families from diverse economic, ethnic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds.
Dr. Squires has taught various courses related to human development and cognition. She views teaching as an opportunity to incite learning and strives to design learning experiences that bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.