Lia Sandilos

Lia Sandilos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Psychological Studies in Education
  • Ph.D. in School Psychology, Pennsylvania State University.
  • M.Ed. in School Psychology, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Mediterranean Studies (minor), Pennsylvania State University.


Areas of Professional Interest
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Student-teacher interactions
  • Teacher stress and well-being as it relates to instructional quality and classroom environment
  • How social inequities due to ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or language status impact the educational experiences of students
Recent Scholarship
Sandilos, L. E., & Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., & Cohen, J. J. (in press). Warmth and demand: Exploring the relation between students’ perceptions of the classroom environment and student achievement growth. In press at Child Development.  
Von Der Embse, N. P., Sandilos, L. E., Pendergast, L., & Mankin, A. (in press). A mediation analysis of teacher stress, self-efficacy, and job satisfaction. In press at Learning and Individual Differences.  
Sawyer, B. L., Cycyk, L. M., Sandilos, L. E., & Hammer, C. S. (in press). ‘So many books they don’t even all fit on the bookshelf’: An examination of low-income mothers’ home literacy practices, beliefs and influencing factors. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Online publication available.   
 1Sandilos, L. E., Wollersheim-Shervey, S., DiPerna, J. C., Lei, P., & Cheng, W., (2016)  Structural validity of CLASS K-3 in primary grades: Testing alternative models. School Psychology Quarterly, 31, 1-14. 
Sawyer, B. E., Hammer. C., S., Cycyk, L. M., Lopez, L., Blair, C., Sandilos, L. E, & Komaroff, E. (2016). Preschool teachers' language and literacy practices with dual language learners. Bilingual Research Journal, 39, 35-49.  
Sandilos, L. E., Cycyk, L. M., Hammer, C. S., Sawyer, B. E., Lopez, L. M., & Blair, C. (2015). Depression, control, and climate: An examination of factors impacting teaching quality in preschool classrooms. Early Education and Development, 26, 1111-1127. 
Sandilos, L. E., Lewis, K., Komaroff, E., Hammer, C. S., Scarpino, S. E., Goldstein, B., Lopez, L., & Rodriguez, B. (2015). Analysis of bilingual children’s performance on the Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey-R (WMLS-R). Language Assessment Quarterly, 12, 386-408.  
Lewis, K., Sandilos, L. E., Hammer, C. S., & Sawyer, B. (2015). Head start mothers’ home environment and bilingual children’s preschool language skills. Early Education and Development, 27, 478-494.  
Sandilos, L. E., & DiPerna, J. C. (2014). A review of empirical evidence and practical considerations for early childhood classroom observation scales. NHSA Dialog, 17, 105-120. 
Sandilos, L. E., & DiPerna, J. C., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2014). Measuring quality in kindergarten classrooms: Structural analysis of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Kindergarten – Third Grade (CLASS K-3). Early Education and Development, 25, 894-914. 
Hammer, C. S., Hoff, E., Uchikoshi, Y., Gillanders, C., Castro, D., & Sandilos, L. E. (2014). The language and literacy development of dual language learners: A critical review. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 715-733.  
Sandilos, L. E., & DiPerna, J. C. (2011). Interrater reliability of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System Pre-K (CLASS Pre-K). The Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, 7, 6585