Temple University

Founding Members

Kathryn Hirsh-PasekKathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she serves as 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 is treasurer of the International Association for Infant Studies. 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 CIVITAS and their Born Learning Series and is on the Research Council for America’s Promise, an organization started by Colin Powell.

Kathy’s research in the areas of early language development and infant cognition has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, resulting in 11 books and more than 100 publications. Her book, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less, won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Kathy is also the co-founder of An Ethical Start, a curricular program in moral development for children ages three through five. This program, created for the Jewish Community Centers of North America, was funded by Stephen Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation. Kathy is codirector of the Center for Re-Imaging Children’s Learning and Education (CiRCLE) at Temple University and one of the founders of the Ultimate Block Party Initiative and LearnNow. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania.

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.