Thalia Goldstein Ph. D.

Thalia Goldstein Ph. D.

Pace University
Developmental Psychologist

Thalia R. Goldstein is an assistant professor of psychology at Pace University in New York City. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social cognition and imagination. She studies how actors participate in and create fictional worlds onstage, the effects of such intense and prolonged engagement on the actor’s social cognitive abilities, and how young children understand and react to watching fictional worlds both as audience members and when engaging in their own role play. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security, and she has won awards from Society for Research in Child Development, American Psychological Association, and International Association for the Empirical Study of Literature.

Thalia earned her B.A. from Cornell University in theatre and psychology, her Ph.D. from Boston College, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship Yale University. She spent several years as a professional actress and dancer in New York City.