Anissa Eddie is an early childhood researcher and consultant. Eddie’s background is in social work, and she has worked as a school-based social worker, an outpatient therapist, and a college instructor. Prior to starting her doctoral program at Michigan State University, Eddie led the PN-3 initiative in Kent County, Michigan as a Pritzker Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in child development under the advisement of Dr. Claire Vallotton.
Eddie is also a Policy Fellow with the National Black Child Development Institute. She is interested in leveraging research to inform public policy to increase equitable outcomes for young children and families – particularly within the contexts of birth justice, ethnic-racial socialization, and social determinants of health. Eddie is also the founder and principal consultant of Liminality Consulting.
Through her consulting practice, Eddie works with local, state, and national collaboratives to develop equity-centered initiatives and strengthen early childhood systems. She uses cultural-ecological frameworks and mixed methods research designs to study the ethnic-racial socialization of infants and toddlers. Eddie’s research aims to inform policy and advance practice that cultivates inclusive mindsets, promotes radical self-love, and disrupts the development of ethnic-racial bias. The ultimate goal of Eddie’s work is to inform families, early childhood educators, and policymakers as they invest in infants and toddlers and build systems that enable all children to thrive. Eddie lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her partner and their three children.
Ph.D. in Child Development, Michigan State University, anticipated completion 2025
M.A. in Social Work, University Michigan, 2006
B.S in Social Work, Calvin University, 2005