Cassie Landers is an assistant professor of population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center. Since 1985, she has worked with UNICEF and other international agencies to promote policies and programs in support of young children and their families. Landers has provided technical assistance and support to child development programs in more than 60 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Landers has extensive experience in the design, implementation and training of practitioners at all levels, developing global interventions ranging from parenting education to developmental pediatrics. She has participated in rapid assessment missions in areas of conflict and has designed interventions for children in conflict and post conflict situations. She also brings her international expertise to young children and families throughout the United States through an early literacy initiative in collaboration with Head Start National Literacy Center. Landers received a doctorate in education and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.