Tovah P. Klein

Adjunct associate professor of psychology and director
Barnard College Center for Toddler Development

Tovah P. Klein Ph.D. has been the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development since 1995, a lab school for toddlers and parents, and an Associate Professor in Psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She holds a doctorate in Psychology from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Psychology. She conducts research on children’s social development and parents’ experiences parenting young children, including the challenges of combining work and family and the experience of infertility. Her research also focuses on trauma and young children, as well as children’s use of play to communicate and process emotions and stressful experiences. She is a Developmental Advisor to Sesame Street, on the Advisory Boards of Room to Grow, Per Dev, Rwanda Educational Assistance Program, and Ubuntu. Dr. Klein is an advisor to children’s TV and film, and is frequently quoted in and writes for parenting magazines and other media regarding young children’s development and parenting issues. She is the mother of three boys and resides with her family in NYC.