Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (PhD, Cornell University) is the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware and director of the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development laboratory. She has held the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the James McKeen Cattell sabbatical award, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award as well as the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. In 2015, she accepted the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science. Golinkoff was also was named a Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the American Psychological Association and in 2017, she was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution award. In 2018, she was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award.
Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the LEGO Foundation. In addition to over 150 journal publications and book chapters, she has authored 16 books and monographs. Passionate about the dissemination of psychological science for improving our schools and families’ lives, she and Hirsh-Pasek (her long standing collaborator) also write books for parents and practitioners. How Babies Talk (1999); the award-winning Einstein Never Used Flash Cards (2004) and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool (2009). Her latest book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children is with APA Press and reached the New York Times best seller list in 2016.
Dr. Golinkoff lectures internationally about language development, playful learning, and spatial development. She co-founded the Ultimate Block Party movement to celebrate the science of learning. The first event (2010) in Central Park in New York City attracted over 50,000 people (www.UltimateBlockParty.org); subsequent Block Parties were held in Baltimore, MD, Toronto, CA, and Norwalk CT. An installation to encourage parent-child interaction called Urban Thinkscape (http://brook.gs/2hULI2b ) was launched in Philadelphia in June 2017 and with the Brookings Institute, she and Hirsh-Pasek are developing Learning Landscapes for transforming cities to promote the wellbeing of children and families. She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and in print media and never turns down an opportunity to spread the findings of psychological science to the lay public.
Read Dr. Golinkoff’s recent interview with Delaware Today about her research (and the secret to raising successful kids) here!
You can follow Roberta on Twitter at @KathyandRo1
What’s New in Language Development and Why Should We Care?
As language is foundational to children’s school achievement and personal success, it is essential that we engage in research-based practices that offer all children a chance to improve their language skills. And although we can increase our language skills throughout our lives, by the age of three, children are telling stories, talking on the phone, and conversing with strangers. This talk explores how that happens and how to capitalize on the processes involved in children’s language mastery.