Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D.

Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology
Temple University

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she is director of the Infant Language Laboratory. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently, the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Kathy has served as the associate editor of Child Development and as treasurer of the International Association for Infant Studies.

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early language development, literacy and infant cognition resulted in 11 books and over 150 publications. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003.

Kathy has a strong interest in bridging the gap between research and application. To that end, she served as an investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. She is on the advisory board of the Alliance for Childhood, serves on the advisory board for Disney Junior, Fred Rogers Center, Jumpstart, The New York Hall of Science and the Dupage Children’s Museum. She is the co-founder of the Ultimate Block Party (ultimateblockparty.com) and of The Learning Resource Network (l-rn.com) and is a columnist for the Huffington Post.

Kathy’s sense of humor has been honed by raising her three sons, all of whom have inherited their mother’s enthusiasm and inquisitive nature—which, in three boys, leads to a need for a good sense of humor.