About the TEC Center

The Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute is dedicated to creating a better world for children’s technology use. The TEC Center is dedicated to research, practice, and collaboration to ensure that families and practitioners are informed and supported in decisions to use technology with their young children.

The TEC Center conducts research to scientifically answer critical questions regarding the role of technology on young children’s learning and development. Using evidence-based resources and real-world examples, the TEC Center’s professional development services strengthen educators’ practice through digital literacy and their ability to intentionally select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. Finally, the TEC Center recognizes the necessity of collaboration in this digital world and welcomes researchers, practitioners, educators, and technology developers to communicate and connect through conventions and meetings hosted by the TEC Center.

The TEC Center is housed within Erikson Institute, which is a premier independent institution of higher education committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.

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Meet the TEC Center Leadership Team

Alexis Lauricella, PhD
Alexis Lauricella, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Erikson Institute and Director of Erikson's Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center. Her research focuses on children’s learning from media technology and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media technology with young children.

Program Manager
Jenna Herdzina, MS
Jenna Herdzina, MS, is the Program Manager for the TEC Center at Erikson Institute. Jenna’s work focuses on improving human services by connecting research to practice and policy.

Research Assistant
Missi Jacobson, MSW
Missi Jacobson, MS, is an Erikson Institute PhD Student and Research Assistant for the Erikson's TEC Center. Missi has been working with Dr. Alexis Lauricella to complete a qualitative observational study looking at better understanding teachers' experiences using iPads in their early childhood classrooms

Research Assistant
Morgan Russo
Morgan is a research assistant with the TEC Center while getting her Masters in Child Development. She is excited to work with the TEC Center team to understand children's technology use.

Chip Donohue, PhD
Chip Donohue is no longer at the TEC Center at Erikson Institute but remains Founding Director of the TEC Center.