Johanna Filp-Hanke Faculty Profile
Johanna Filp-Hanke


Phone: 707-664-2280

Office: Stevenson Hall 2010A

Office Hours by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Johanna Filp-Hanke

Professor, Department of Early Childhood Studies

Courses Taught

Biography Statement

I moved to California from Santiago, Chile in 1996, when I joined the Early Childhood Education Program at SSU. I grew up in Chile and have also lived in Canada and Germany. In Chile I researched the developmental needs of children in poor urban areas, quality improvement of education in poor communities, quality preschool programs and family-school collaboration. At SSU I have focused on how immigrant children and their families can best be supported in early childhood education. I am also interested in social and emotional development and learning in early childhood, the role of play in child development, and scholarship of teaching, specifically student engagement in higher education. One of my more recent interests is to understand the contributions of brain research to child development.


  • PhD, Albert-Ludwig-University, 1987
  • MA, University of British Colombia, 1970
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1968

Research Interests

  • Social and emotional development and learning in early childhood
  • Early adverse experiences and child development
  • Parent participation

Academic & Professional Experience

  • School Psychologist at the Pearkes Clinic for Handicapped Children, Victoria, Canada
  • Academic Director at the Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de la Educacion, Santiago, Chile
  • Director School of Psychology Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Santiago, Chile
  • Professor, School of Education, Sonoma State University

Recent Scholarship and Publications

  • Attachment play
  • Play and brain development
  • Needs of newcomer children
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Impact of Kindergarten on school achievement in grade one