Meet our partners!
Simple Interactions is a collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations across several countries. The lead partners are listed below.
DAna Winters, pH.D.
Rita M. McGinley Endowed Executive Director
Fred Rogers Institute, Saint Vincent College
Dr. Dana Winters is the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs, and Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Institute. She contributes significantly to expanding the use of Simple Interactions as an approach for adult-child and adult-adult interactions across multiple contexts to serve children and the adults who help them. She leads the team at the Fred Rogers Institute to use Simple Interactions to support child-serving professionals across early childhood and other developmental contexts.
JUNLEI LI, PH.D.
Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Co-Chair, Human Development and Education Program
Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Dr. Junlei Li is the Co-Chair of the Human Development and Education Department and Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the creator of the Simple Interactions Tool. He has explored the use of Simple Interactions across a wide range of settings, from orphanages to classrooms, and is committed to understanding and supporting the work of helpers – those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. In his work Dr. Li is focused on informing practice and system change with the science of human interactions.
TOM AKIVA, PH.D.
Associate Professor and EdD Program Director
School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Tom Akiva engages in both practice and research around Simple Interactions. Specializing in out of school time and informal learning settings, Dr. Akiva's team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers professional development around the SI approach and engages in research to deepen our understanding of how and why SI works.