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Elita Amini Virmani

Senior Research Associate at WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies

Elita Amini Virmani, Senior Research Associate with WestEd's Center for Child & Family Studies, leads projects designed to enhance the quality of early childhood development, early childhood mental health, and early care and education. She focuses on efforts aimed to improve parent and teacher capacity for sensitive, responsive, and reflective caregiving.

As Director of the PITC Approach to Home Visiting, Amini Virmani leads high-quality training experiences for infant and early childhood home visitors and supervisors to support them in their aim to provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. As Co-Director of the Parent Involvement Project, she oversees high-quality early learning experiences for low-income families and their children through parent education workshops, parent classroom participation, home visits, and enrichment activities in partnership with community resources.

Amini Virmani previously taught at San Francisco State University and West Valley College. She also worked on research studies focused on enhancing the quality of early childhood education and investigating influences of parent-child interactions on children's emotional development and social competence. She received intensive clinical training at the University of California, San Francisco Infant-Parent Program/Daycare Consultants, where she provided clinical services to low-income, multiethnic families and mental health consultation to child care program staff and parents of children with special needs.

In 2016, Amini Virmani was recognized as an Exceptional Emerging Leader by the Exchange Child Care Magazine's Leadership Initiative. She has published articles in the Infant Mental Health Journal; Early Childhood Research Quarterly; Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment; and the Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science.

Amini Virmani received an MS in child development and a PhD in human development from the University of California, Davis.