"Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Robert Fulghum, Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Banchiamlack Dessalegn Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Banchiamlack Dessalegn, Ph.D. moved to the U.S. as a junior in high school and went on to attend Penn State University and then Johns Hopkins University where she earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. Currently, she works as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago and she is also based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where her research focuses on the cognitive development of orphans in different living conditions such as living in orphanages or with extended family members and poor parents. Fluent in written and spoken Amharic and English, Dr. Dessalegn has published several papers on language and cognition and has worked as an HIV/AIDS advocate in Ethiopia.