Dr. Tanée Hudgens

Senior Director of Research

As senior director of research at NIET, Dr. Tanée Hudgens is responsible for establishing, managing, and overseeing research and evaluation initiatives within the organization. In this role, Tanée directs NIET's research agenda and production of evidentiary support for all initiatives and grant programs and supports all aspects of the NIET research activities, including writing reports, papers, briefs and articles, as well as providing research expertise to other NIET projects and personnel.

Tanée also served as a senior research associate for NIET. Prior to joining NIET, she evaluated the quality of instruction and care provided to preschoolers, as well as the recruitment, retention and development of the early childhood care and education workforce across Los Angeles, California.

Tanée earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, with a concentration in quantitative psychology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Tanée  Hudgens

Who is your favorite teacher?

My fifth-grade teacher pushed me to do beyond what I thought was possible. She saw the best in me and instilled in me the love of math.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to read and prefer physical books. One of the most therapeutic things I do is wander around a bookstore and explore the shelves.