Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., is the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychology, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware and director of the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development laboratory. She has held the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the James McKeen Cattell sabbatical award, and the America Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award as well as the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. In 2015, she accepted the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.” She was also named Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the American Psychological Association and won the highest faculty award at the University of Delaware, the Francis Alison Scholar Award. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute for Education Sciences. In addition to over 150 journal publications and book chapters, she has authored 16 books and monographs.
Passionate about sharing psychological science for improving schools and families’ lives, she also writes books for parents and practitioners. How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years (Penguin Dutton) was praised by Steven Pinker who wrote, “This splendid book is a godsend;” T. Berry Brazelton said, “This is a great book… an important addition to any parent’s library.” Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less (Rodale) won the Books for a Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the best psychology book. A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence (Oxford University Press) was described as “offering strong new ammunition desperately needed to halt the forces that devalue play” (VanderVen). She also wrote the California Preschool Curriculum section on Language and Literacy.
Dr. Golinkoff lectures internationally about language development, play and playful learning, and spatial development. She serves on the boards of children’s museums, the early reading group Jumpstart, and was associate editor for Child Development, the premier journal in her field. She is also treasurer of the International Congress on Infant Studies, and a founding member of CHOICES to support families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children with advocacy and research. She co-founded the Ultimate Block Party www.UltimateBlockParty.org movement to celebrate the science of learning and play. The first event in Central Park in New York City attracted over 50,000 people; subsequent Block Parties were held in Baltimore, Toronto, and Boston and more are planned in collaboration with the Association of Children’s Museums. She is also co-founder of LearnNow, a website designed to share the science of learning and the new Urban Thinkscape project to create smart cities. She is an invited blogger for the Huffington Post and routinely appears on radio and television shows and in print media spreading the findings of psychological science.
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