Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, and the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” The Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and the University Eberman Research Award.
Kathy and her lab colleagues appear on ABC’s 20/20 to discuss “How toddlers react when parents look down at their phones”– they replicated an experiment asking parents to focus on their phones for two minutes while their toddlers played nearby. Be sure to check it out on May 3rd at 8pm on ABC!
At the intersection of the global cities movement and the movement to optimize early education in and out of school, lies Playful Learning Landscapes. Twenty-first Century Learning models will need to embrace a breadth of skills that allow children to succeed in a world of increasing uncertainty and change. Projections suggest that by 2050 over 70% of the worlds’ children will be living in urban areas and that most of these children – over 825 million – will reach adulthood without even the basic secondary skills required to meet the workplace of today and tomorrow.
Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a bilingual version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES). Stay tuned for our screener for 2-year-olds, Baby QUILS™!
Kathy’s latest book, co-authored with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, was recently named one of New York Times Best Sellers. The full title of the work is “Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children.” Click below for more information!
Seven-year-old Emma McGee used to hate coming to the laundromat. It was boring, and seemed to take forever. In fact she would always ask—unsuccessfully—to stay home with her older brother, Aiden. But things have gotten more interesting since a play space appeared in the back corner of Lavanderia Express IV, a large laundromat nestled next […]Read full story >
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer shares some of the findings of her six-month investigation into the effects of screen time on adults and children.Read full story >
Talking to your baby in an annoying, higher-pitched voice is not a symptom of parenthood slowly melting your brain. It’s a normal and scientifically backed way to communicate with infants utilized in cultures and languages throughout the world. Infant-directed speech, otherwise known as caregiver speech or “motherese” (which can’t make dads feel much better about using it) […]Read full story >
Kathy is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she contributes articles to her Blog on a regular basis.