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Janean Dilworth-​Bart

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellow; Professor
Human Development and Family Studies Department and Major
Office 4132
“Everybody’s got a little light under the sun….”

–Parliament, “Flash Light”


My scholarship revolves around how early developmental contexts help or hinder children’s development into competent, productive members of society. I address this broad issue by focusing on how parents and co-parents engage with children, especially in the Black community, and how multiple environmental pollutants and social risks impact young people’s school readiness, academic achievement, and court involvement. This work has earned me awards including the Wade and Bev Fetzer Fund for Excellence (2017), a fellowship in the Big Ten Academic Alliance–Academic Leadership Program (2017-18), and the Faculty Diversity Award from the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity (2009).

I serve as the Department Chair and Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Each fall, I review graduate applications for potential advisees. I encourage interested students to email me directly and to learn more about SoHE graduate programs here.

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PhD, Psychology (Clinical Emphasis), Rutgers University
MS, Psychology (Clinical Emphasis), Rutgers University
BA, Psychology, Hampton University


Center for Child and Family Wellbeing
UW–Madison Department of Psychology

Dilworth-Bart, J., Poehlmann-Tynan, J., Taub, A., Liesen, C.,  & Bolt, D. (2018). Effortful control and executive function as indices of emerging self-regulation in young children born preterm. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 42, 193-204. doi: 10.1016/j.ecrq.2017.09.07

Dilworth-Bart, J. (2012). Does executive function mediate SES and home quality associations with academic readiness? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(3), 416-425. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2012.02.002

Dilworth-Bart, J., & Moore, C. (2006). Mercy, Mercy Me: Social injustice and the prevention of environmental pollutant exposures among ethnic minority and poor children. Child Development, 77(2), 247-265. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00868.x PMid:16611170

Find a more comprehensive list of my publications in my CV, linked above.

Graduate Courses
  • Childhood and the Family (HDFS 761)
  • Family Theories (HDFS 865)
  • Research Methods (Inter-HE 793)
  • Independent Study (HDFS 999)
Undergraduate Courses
  • Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS 425)
  • Children and Environmental Risk (HDFS 501)
  • Undergraduate Thesis (PSY 691 and PSY 692)
  • Independent Study (PSY 699)