Barbara Hillaker’s work centers on developing or improving measures, assuring that they are aligned with developmental science and are psychometrically valid and reliable.
Prior to coming to the Weikart Center, Barbara developed curriculum and conducted formative evaluations for Michigan State Extension, and conducted data collection and analyses for the Building Early Emotion Skills project, a Michigan State University project connected to the national evaluation of Early Head Start.
She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S.in Family Community Services and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. She is a first or contributing author to several articles published in peer reviewed journals.