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Education and Training

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
     Postdoctoral fellow, School of Education
     September 2015 - Present
     PIs: Roberta Golinkoff, Nancy Jordan, & Henry May

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
     Degree: PhD in Developmental Psychology, May 2015
     Advisor: Angeline Lillard

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
     Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2010
     Advisors: Christy Buchanan and Eric Stone

Research

Broadly, my primary line of research has focused on children’s experiences in pretense, fiction and fantasy. How do children understand these experiences? How might these experiences affect children's behaviors, beliefs and abilities? I have conducted studies investigating these questions with my graduate advisor, Angeline Lillard, and collaborators Eric Smith and Emily Hopkins. In my postdoctoral position at the University of Delaware, I am working primarily with Roberta Golinkoff to explore the role of fiction and media in children’s education. I am interested in examining how we can use children's books and media to best promote learning in both formal and informal settings.

In a second line of research, I have investigated how children decide what is real: When children hear about something new, how do they decide whether to categorize it as real or fictional? This work is in collaboration with Vikram Jaswal at UVa and with Jacqueline Woolley at UT Austin.

Finally, in a third line of research, I have examined the development of a racial bias in pain perception. Research has shown that adults rate black people as feeling less pain than white people; I have investigated the developmental origins of this bias in collaboration with social psychologists Kelly Hoffman and Sophie Trawalter.

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Dore, R. A., Hoffman, K. M., Lillard, A. S., & Trawalter, S. (in press). Developing cognitions about race: White 5- to 10-year-olds' perceptions of pain and hardship. European Journal of Social Psychology. Link to PDF

Dore, R.A., Zosh, J.M, Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M. (2017). Plugging into word learning: The role of electronic toys and digital media in language development. In F. Blumberg & P. Brooks (Eds.) Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts. Waltham, MA: Elsevier. Link to PDF

Dore. R.A., Smith, E.D., & Lillard, A.S. (2017). Children adopt the traits of characters in a narrative. Child Development Research. Link to PDF

Zosh, J.M, Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M., & Dore, R.A. (2016) Where learning meets creativity: The promise of guided play. In Creative Contradictions in Education: Cross Disciplinary Paradoxes and Perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer International Publishing. Link to PDF

Dore. R.A., Smith, E.D., & Lillard, A.S. (2015). How is theory of mind useful? Perhaps to enable social pretend play. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, 6:1559. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01559. Link to PDF

Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349:6251. doi: 10.1126/science.aac4716 Link to PDF

Dore, R.A., Jaswal,V.K., & Lillard, A.S. (2015). Real or not? Informativeness influences children's reality status judgments. Cognitive Development, 33, 28-39. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2014.08.004 Link to PDF

Dore, R.A. & Lillard, A.S. (2015). Theory of mind and children’s engagement in fantasy worlds. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 34, 230-242. doi:10.1177/0276236614568631 Link to PDF

Hopkins, E. J., Dore, R. A., & Lillard, A. S. (2015). Do children learn from pretense? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 130, 1-18. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2014.09.004 Link to PDF

Lillard, A. S., Dore, R. A., Hopkins, E. J., & Smith, E. D. (2015). Challenges to research on play: Mending the methodological mistakes. . In J. J. Johnson, S. G. Eberle, T.S. Hendricks, & D. Kuschner (Eds.), Handbook of the Study of Play. (pp.445 - 452). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Link to PDF

Dore, R.A., Lillard, A.S & Jaswal, V.K. (2014). Anthropologist in the Crib? A Review of Trusting What You’re Told. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15(3), 520-523. doi:10.1080/15248372.2014.936789 Link to PDF

Dore, R.A., Hoffman, K.M., Lillard, A.S., & Trawalter, S. (2014). Children's racial bias in perceptions of others' pain. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(2), 218-231. doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12038 Link to PDF

Dore. R.A. & Lillard, A.S. (2014). Do children prefer mentalistic descriptions? Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2013.805712 Link to PDF

Dore, R.A., Buchanan, C.M., & Stone, E. (2014). A social values analysis of parental decision making. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2013.808603 Link to PDF

Lillard, A.S., Lerner, M.D., Hopkins, E.J., Dore, R.A., Smith, E.D., & Palmquist, C.M. (2013). The impact of pretend play on children's development: A review of the evidence. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 1 – 34. Link to PDF

Lillard, A.S., Hopkins, E.J., Dore, R.A., Palmquist, C.M., Lerner, M.D., & Smith, E.D. (2013). Concepts and theories, methods and reasons: Why do the children (pretend) play? Reply to Weisberg, Hirsh-Pasek, and Golinkoff (2013); Bergen (2013); and Walker and Gopnik (2013). Psychological Bulletin, 139, 49 - 52. Link to PDF

Manuscripts Under Review or In Preparation

Dore. R.A., Hassinger-Das, B., Brezack, N., Valladares, T., Paller, A., Vu, L., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (under review after revision). The parent advantage in children's e-book comprehension.

Dore, R.A. (under review). The effects of character-similarity on children's learning from a narrative: The roles of race and gender.

Dore, R.A., Amendum, S., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (under review). Theory of mind: A hidden factor in reading comprehension?

Dore, R.A. & Woolley, J. D. (under review). “I believe in cusk”: The effect of explicit belief statements on children’s reality status judgments and beliefs about consensus.

Conference Presentations

Dore, R.A., Hassinger-Das, B., Brezack, N., Saunders, T., Paller, A., Vu, L., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017, October). "Read to me!"" Effects of parents reading and audio narration on children's e-book comprehension. Data blitz talk to be presented at the CDS pre-conference workshop on Digital Media and Cognitive Development, Portland, OR.

Dore, R. A., Shirilla, M., Saunders, T., Foster, L., Hopkins, E. J., Spiewak Toub, T. S., Collins, M. F., Schatz, J., Scott, M., Lawson, J., Hadley, E. B., Golinkoff, R.M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., and Dickinson, D. (2017, October). Time to go on a space adventure! Using digital games to support early vocabulary learning. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.

Shirilla, M., Dore, R. A. , Hopkins, E. J., Spiewak Toub, T. S., Collins, M. F., Schatz, J., Scott, M., Lawson, J., Hadley, E. B., Dickinson, D., Hirsh-Pasek, K., and Golinkoff, R.M. (2017, October). Self-regulation and general vocabulary knowledge in a guided play intervention. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.

Hirsh-Pasek, K., Hopkins, E. J., Scott, M. E., Schatz, J., Toub, T. S., Dickinson, D., Collins, M., Lawson, J., Golinkoff, R. M., Dore, R. A., & Shirilla, M. (2017, October). The joy of vocabulary learning: A preschool reading and play intervention. In E. Albro (chair), Words in the world: Novel approaches to improving preschoolers’ vocabulary development. Symposium to be conducted at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.

Hopkins, E. J., Scott, M. E., Schatz, J., Toub, T. S., Collins, M. F., Lawson, J., Dore, R. A., Shirilla, M., Dickinson, D. K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017, October). Long-term benefits of boosting vocabulary through reading and play. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Portland, OR.

Dore, R., Hassinger-Das, B., Paller, A., Brezack, N., Saunders, T., Golinkoff, R.M. & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (August 2017). Examining children's comprehension during independent and parent-child e-book reading. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Dore, R., Hassinger-Das, B. Paller, A., Brezack, N., Saunders, T., Vu, L., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017, June). The parent advantage in children's e-book comprehension. In B. Hassinger-Das, R. Dore, & Golinkoff, R.M. (Chairs)  Taming technology: Making evidence-based decisions regarding digital media. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, California.

Dore, R., & Woolley, J. D. (April 2017) “I believe in cusk”: The effect of explicit belief statements on children’s reality status judgments and beliefs about consensus. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Dore, R., Hassinger-Das, B., Paller, A., Brezack, N., Saunders, T., Vu, L., Golinkoff, R.M. & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (April 2017). Children's comprehension of e-books: Parents beat digital narration. Poster presented in invited session at SRCD pre-conference on Poverty-related Disparities in Children's Early Language Experience and Language Development: Prevention, Intervention, and Policy, Austin, TX.

Dore, R., Hassinger-Das, B., Paller, A., Brezack, N., Saunders, T., Golinkoff, R.M. & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (December 2016). The effect of parent reading and audio narration on children’s comprehension of books on tablets. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Principle Investigators Meeting, Washington, DC.

Dore, R. (October 2016). The effects of character-similarity on identification and learning from a narrative. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Meeting: Technology and Media in Children’s Development, Irvine, CA.

Dore, R. (July 2016). The effects of character-similarity on identification and comprehension of a narrative in childhood. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Scientific Study of Reading, Porto, Portugal.

Dore, R. (April 2016). The effects of character-similarity on identification and learning from a narrative. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Toub, T.S. Dore, R.D., Hassinger-Das, B., Schatz, J., Scott, M., & Shirilla, M. (March 2016) Playing with words: Designing a toolkit of games, music, and sociodramatic play to promote preschoolers’ vocabulary development. Roundtable presented at annual conference of The Association for the Study of Play, New Brunswick, NJ.

Dore, R. (October 2015). The effects of character-similarity on identification and learning from a narrative. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH.

Dore, R., Smith, E.S., & Lillard, A.S. (October 2015). Children adopt the traits of fictional characters in a narrative. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH.

Dore, R.A., Jaswal, V.K., & Lillard, A.S. (March 2015). Real or not? Informativeness influences children’s reality status judgments. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Dore, R., Smith, E.S., & Lillard, A.S. (April 2013). You are what you read (or whom you take the perspective of): Children adopt the traits of characters in fictional narratives. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Dore, R., Hoffman, K.M., Lillard, A.S., & Trawalter, S. (April 2013) Do you feel what I feel? Children’s racial bias in perceptions of other’s pain. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA

Dore, R., Stone, E.R., Buchanan, C.M. (November, 2010). A social values analysis of parental decision making. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, St. Louis, MO.

Dore, R., Buchanan, C.M., & Stone, E.R. (March, 2010). Self-other differences in the decision-making of parents of adolescents. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Ellingsen, R. W., Buchanan, C. M., Dore, R., Voos, A., & Robinson, L. (April, 2009). Mothers' expectations about adolescent risk-taking as predictors of parental efficacy, parenting strategies, and verbal messages. In C. M. Buchanan (Chair), Mechanisms of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies During Adolescence. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO.

Everett, B., Buchanan, C. M., Voos, A., Robinson, L., & Dore, R. (April, 2009). Moderators of the relation between parental civic involvement and youth civic development. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO.

Departmental Presentations

Dore, R.A. (2016, October 10) Children’s learning from fictional worlds. Presented at the Cognitive Brown Bag series at the University of Delaware.

Dore, R.A. (2014, Nov 18) Real effects of non-real worlds: Influences of pretense and fiction. Presented at the Developmental Lunch series at the University of Virginia.

Dore, R.A. (2013, April 15) Effects of perspective-taking in pretense and fiction. Presented at the Developmental Lunch series at the University of Virginia

Dore, R.A. (2011, May 2) Pretend play and social cognitive development: Does perspective-taking play influence children's theory of mind skills? Presented at the Developmental Lunch series at the University of Virginia.

Outreach and Media Coverage

Dore, R.A., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017, June 5). Conversations – not apps — grow children’s language. [Blog post in Roberta Golinkoff's Huffington Post Blod]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/conversations-not-apps-grow-childrens-language_us_59350e98e4b00573ab57a516

Cuccuini-Harmon, C.,Dore, R.A. , Geibler, A., Resnick, I. & Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2016, May 5). Read at your own risk: Three red flags to look for when evaluating on-line articles. [Web blog post in Roberta Golinkoff’s section of the Huffington Post Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roberta-michnick-golinkoff/read-at-your-own-risk-thr_b_9844468.html

Dore, R.A., Golinkoff, R.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2016, February 1). Missing the message: What do children really learn from educational media? [Web blog post in Roberta Golinkoff’s section of the Huffington Post Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roberta-michnick-golinkoff/missing-the-message-what-_b_9116538.html

Graham, Tom (Interviewer). (2014, May 1) Beginning Bias Early [Radio broadcast]. On Virginia Insight. Harrisonburg, VA: WRMA. Retrieved from http://wmra.org/post/beginning-bias-early-0

Cooper-White, Macrina (2014, March 4) This is when racial bias begins to impact a child’s empathy for pain, study suggests. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/children-think-black-people-feel-less-pain_n_4891296.html

Lewis, Kevin (2014, March 16) When kids decide black people feel less pain. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/03/15/when-kids-decide-black-people-feel-less-pain/DLEbo1VfqDvMHAutQxQD6M/story.html A

Advanced Statistical Training

Proficient in the statistical programming language, R (7 years of experience)

Courses audited and workshops attended:

Hierarchical Linear Modeling (in HLM), University of Delaware, Instructor: Henry May

Structural Equation Modeling (in MPlus), University of Delaware, Instructor: Jean-Philippe Laurenceau

Structural Equation Modeling Foundations & Extended Applications (using lavaan in R), Stats Camp Statistical Training Institute, Instructors: Todd Little, Elizabeth Grandfield

Teaching

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Interacting with Fictional Narratives: A Developmental Perspective (Fall 2014)

Discussion Teaching Assistant, Child Psychology (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015)

Lab Teaching Assistant, Research Methods and Data Analysis I (Fall 2012)

Review Teaching Assistant, Child Psychology (Fall 2010)

Selected Student Feedback:

"She is understanding and open to questions…She commands respect but is very friendly, a great balance to have."

"What really helped me to succeed in your course was the way that you offered help to students… whenever I asked a question, you always helped me to think about the question in a different way and come up with the answer on my own. This helped me to remember the concept in the long run."

"Rebecca was very knowledgeable about all of the topics we covered this semester…. She was a good listener and very supportive of everyone's ideas and interested in what we had to contribute."

"She is very good as explaining things and helping students out when they are confused. She really tries to get into the mindset of the student.""

"Your enthusiasm for teaching helped us to want to participate in a course area that can easily become dry! Thank you for making your classes a priority."

Graduate Teacher Training Program

While at UVA, I participated in the Graduate Teacher Training Program. The goal of the program is to train graduate students in different models of effective teaching, specifically for the teaching of psychology. Workshops and training focus on three distinct areas of instruction: student learning, assessment of student learning, and teaching techniques. By the end of their tenure in this program, participants complete a portfolio of teaching related documents, including a reflective teaching statement, course syllabus, and peer-observation reflection.

Tomorrow’s Professor Today

I also participated in Tomorrow’s Professor Today, a selective university wide training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to hone their teaching through self- and peer-assessment, workshop attendance, and the creation of a teaching portfolio.

Contact information


rdore(at)udel.edu
School of Education
University of Delaware
113 Willard Hall Education Building
Newark, DE 19716