Dr. Prado's research focuses on nutrition and child development. Her research interests also include caregiving, health and other influences on child development in low-resource settings, evaluating programs and policies to support children to achieve their developmental potential, and cross-cultural developmental and cognitive assessment. She directs the Translational Research in Early Life Learning for Impact at Scale (TRELLIS) lab. Like a vine, children need nurturing care and strong support structures to ensure their healthy growth and development to their full potential. Parents and caregivers are the gardeners that tend and nurture the vine so that it can grow and flourish. Policies and programs, from the national to community level, are the trellis that supports the vine to grow. At the TRELLIS lab, we work with collaborators from across the globe to conduct research informing how policies and programs can best support parents and caregivers to provide the nurturing care that children need to thrive. Research approaches include efficacy, effectiveness and impact evaluations, longitudinal cohort studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and methodological studies and reviews on assessing child development and cognition in low-income contexts.