Robert Golinkoff, Ph. DUDEL

Recent News

June 2014 - Postdoctoral fellows learn to conduct education research
The University of Delaware has created a postdoctoral training program to train top-notch new Ph.D.’s how to conduct rigorous educational research that bridges the related fields of cognitive science and education. Shown here: Dr. Vinaya Rajan, IES postdoc, Dr. Nancy Jordan, Dr. Golinkoff, Dr. Ilyse Resnick, IES postdoc, and Dr. Henry May. Read full article. Postdoctoral training program

May 2014 - Dr. Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek are blogging!
Committed to scientific dissemination, Roberta and Kathy have been blogging for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Follow these links to read their past and current blogs:

April 2014 - Dr. Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek receive APS Cattell Award
Dr. Golinkoff with her long standing collaborator Kathy Hirsh-Pasek are the 2015 recipients of the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, the highest honor conferred by the Association for Psychological Science for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.” They will speak at the APS convention in May 2015 when the honor will be conferred.

April 2014 - Dr. Golinkoff and colleagues awarded grant from IES
With her colleagues Nancy Jordan and Henry May, Roberta Golinkoff was awarded a postdoctoral training grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, entitled "Bridging cognitive science and education: products and processes in mathematics, language, and cognition." They have brought in two superb postdoctoral fellows: Vinaya Rajan and Ilyse Resnick. Another fellow will join in January: Mark Rose Lewis.

March 2014 - Dr. Golinkoff creates Shape Up America! video
Dr. Golinkoff, with her postdoctoral fellow Brian Verdine, created a video called, Shape Up America! to convey the importance of spatial education. She was invited to enter this contest as a result of having been awarded a stimulus grant in 2009.

May 2013 - Dr. Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek record radio pilot
Dr. Golinkoff and her colleague Kathy Hirsh-Pasek are passionate about disseminating the scientific findings from their field to the world. Why hide it in the Ivory Tower? Below is a picture of them in a radio studio piloting a new radio show they call Your Other Mothers. Dr. Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek record radio pilot

May 2013 - Your Other Mothers
Roberta and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek started blogging for Psychology Today under the byline "Your Other Mothers: The Real Skinny on Science-Based Parenting." In this blog, they aim to step out of the halls of Ivy (as has now become somewhat of their tradition) to bring you the latest and most trusted research findings. The goal is not to tell you what to do, but to invite you into their world in a way that is accessible and usable. They want to share some evidence-based tidbits and interpret research findings reported in the news. Check out their first post!

April 2013 - Dr. Golinkoff addressed the American Academy of Audiology
Dr. Golinkoff addressed the American Academy of Audiology in Anaheim, CA on April 9. She described the amazing linguistic capabilities of infants in their first year of life in her talk entitled, "From coo to code in the baby's first year: Language development starts before implants." See her blog about it in the Huffington Post.

April 2013 - Dr. Golinkoff addressed Wilmington Friends School

Wilmington Friends School is a wonderful place that has contributed many participants to Dr. Golinkoff's research endeavors. The talk was entitled: The power of play: Preparing 21st century children for a global world.

April 2013 - Dr. Golinkoff on NPR's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

February 2013 - Child Development included two papers from Dr. Golinkoff's work!

The January/February issue of Child Development included two papers from Dr. Golinkoff's work on the conceptual underpinnings of language acquisition:

Pulverman, R., Song, L., Golinkoff, R. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2013). Preverbal infants’ attention to manner and path: Foundations for learning relational terms. Child Development, 84, 241-252.

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Pruden, S., Goksun, T., Roseberry, S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M. (2013). Infant categorization of path relations during dynamic events. Child Development, 84, 331-345

October 2011 - Third successful Ultimate Block Party held in Baltimore's Inner Harbor!

Read the article and see more photos from The Baltimore Sun!

Ultimate Block Party Baltimore

May 2011 - Dr. Golinkoff awarded UD's highest faculty honor!

Roberta Golinkoff wins the Francis Alison AwardFrom the University of Delaware news:
Roberta Golinkoff, H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education, is not only an educator in the traditional sense of the word, teaching students in university classrooms, she is also an educator of the public. She writes and speaks to diverse audiences of researchers, parents, teachers, and health care professionals about how children learn.

This month, her work was recognized by her selection as the 2011 recipient of the Francis Alison Award -- the University's highest faculty honor.

Established by the Board of Trustees in 1978 to recognize the scholarship, professional achievements, and dedication of the UD faculty, the award consists of a $10,000 prize and confers membership in the Alison Society.

Read the entire article on UDaily.

April 2011 - New grant funding

Dr. Golinkoff was recently awarded two grants from the Institute for Education Sciences.

The grant entitled "Using developmental science to design a computerized preschool language assessment," was funded for the development of a language comprehension assessment that can be given by a non-specialist and which samples both lexical and grammatical knowledge. Collaborators include Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Aquiles Iglesias from Temple University, Jill deVilliers from Smith College, and Mary Wilson from Laureate Learning.

Another grant entitled "Increasing Vocabulary in Preschools: Using Cognitive Science To Guide Pedagogy," is designed to create a playful way to teach vocabulary to disadvantaged children and to develop a program for teachers to do the same in their classrooms. This grant is in collaboration with David Dickinson of Vanderbilt University and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University.

October 2010 - More than 50,000 Attendees Experienced the 'Ultimate' Day of Playful Learning at the First Annual Ultimate Block Party in New York City

The Ultimate Block Party, the first-ever, larger-than-life "play date" in a national education movement, attracted more than 50,000 eager and enthusiastic "partygoers" to New York City's Central Park on October 3, 2010. Families, caregivers and kids of all ages joined together like never before to experience an imagination-inspiring event filled with the arts, sciences and lots of learning through play! Created by Play for Tomorrow, a consortium dedicated to bringing the crucial role of play in children's development and education to families, the Ultimate Block Party brought playful learning back to the forefront, demonstrating the real learning power of fun and games.

The debut Ultimate Block Party transformed Central Park into the world's most innovative and stimulating playground with more than two dozen unique activities and mini-masters classes designed to educate and entertain kids of all ethnicities, backgrounds and socio-economic levels. The day featured amazing robot building with Columbia's Teachers College, bilingual bingo, painting, sidewalk chalk art, building an arts-inspired brain with Children's Museum of Manhattan, a Radio Disney dance party, The Goddard School's imaginative "Let's Play Café," radio car racing, LEGO block construction with a Master Builder, an artful drumming circle, an incredible game of Simon Says and more!

Ultimate Block Party

September 2010 - Ultimate Block Party in Central Park, NYC kicks off national play movement. Fun-filled October 3, 2010 event with prominent artists, scientists and educators will help children play their way to success.

Play is serious business. But, unfortunately, it’s also a fast-diminishing commodity for today’s kids, leading to a growing crisis for future innovation and the 21st Century workforce. Play for Tomorrow, a consortium dedicated to shedding light on the crucial role of play in children’s development and education, aims to bring playful learning back to the forefront with the Ultimate Block Party. The first “play date” in a national education movement, the Ultimate Block Party will transform the Bandshell area of New York City’s Central Park into the world’s most innovative playground, demonstrating the power of fun and games for learning and helping to reinforce that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

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April 2010 - Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff and Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek received the The Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society (2011), Division 7, American Psychological Association.

The award is for “ individual whose work has...contributed not only to the science of developmental psychology, and who has also worked to the benefit of the application of developmental psychology to society. The individual's contributions may have been made through advocacy, direct service, influencing public policy or education, or through any other routes that enable scientific developmental psychology to better the condition of children and families.”

2009 - Review of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence by Hirsh-Pasek, Golinkoff, Berk, and Singer from the American Journal of Play.

November 11, 2009 - Golinkoff receives NIH stimulus grant to study preschoolers' geometric knowledge. Click here to read the article on the UDaily website.

November 2009 - Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek joint lab rehearsal for the song "Linguist Turned Psychologist" performed at the tribute to Lila Gleitman held at the Boston Child Language meeting.

Rehearsing for Lila Gleitman Performance

October 5, 2009 - Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff and Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek received the The American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science! This award was initiated by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Click here to read the article on the UDaily website.