Temple Infant & Child Laboratory | Post-Doctoral Fellows
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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Dani Levine

Dani is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on a project aimed at developing an evidence-based language assessment that capitalizes on new touchscreen technology to assess toddlers’ language skills. Dani received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University. Her dissertation focused on the relation between children’s event perception and lexical acquisition. Dani’s research interests include the processes underlying children’s word learning and the translation of research evidence into practice to reduce socioeconomic disparities in children’s language development.

 

dani.levine@temple.edu

Dr. Brianna McMillan

Brianna is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University under the Institute of Education Sciences “Network for Integrating Cognitive and Educational Sciences (NICE) Postdoctoral Research Training Grant Program”, working with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Annemarie Hindman. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. McMillan’s research explores how children’s environments affect their ability to learn language. In her postdoctoral work, she is expanding her research focus beyond environments that might hinder language development, into environments that can facilitate language development and more general cognitive development.

 

brianna.mcmillan@temple.edu

NAZARETHDr. Alina Nazareth

Alina is a post-doctoral associate working with Dr. Nora Newcombe, on investigating individual differences in navigation ability across the lifespan.  She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida International University, working with Dr. Shannon M. Pruden on the cognitive and experiential factors that affect adult mental rotation performance. Her dissertation investigated the different cognitive strategies as a function of the temporal properties of eye movement as recorded by the Tobii X60 eye-tracker. Alina’s research interests also include studying the role of cognitive strategy, gender beliefs and stereotypes, spatial activity experience, and spatial anxiety in explaining individual differences in spatial ability.

 

alina.nazareth@temple.edu

Dr. Brooke Rumper

Brooke is a Postdoctoral Fellow collaborating with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Rebecca Alper to implement a Spanish version of a remote delivery, early language intervention. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology, from the University of Miami under the supervision of Dr. Daryl Greenfield. Her dissertation investigated Head Start dual language learning children’s performance on science assessments in English and Spanish and the impacts that dominant language and teachers’ language use had on those scores. Her research interests include promoting early science learning and education, dual language learners, and early language development.

 

brooke.rumper@temple.edu

Dr. Molly Schlesinger

Molly Schlesinger is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on a research project studying active and guided learning. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California in 2017, where her research focused on young children’s social cognitive development, problem solving skills, and learning STEM content from educational media. Her dissertation focused on how young children’s self-perceptions and social cognitive perceptions about characters related to their solving STEM-related problems. Overall, Molly’s research interest include social cognitive perceptions, creative and divergent reasoning, and engagement with media.

Dr. Tamara Spiewak Toub

Dr. Tamara Spiewak Toub worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek for 3 years before shifting into her current role as a Research Area Expert at the lab. Broadly, Tamara is interested in the promotion of children’s development through playful and other common activities and in the translation of research findings to application in children’s lives. Tamara continues to contribute her expertise to multiple projects she helped to lead during her fellowship years, including research on the use of adult-supported book-reading and playful learning activities to facilitate preschoolers’ vocabulary development. Similarly, she remains actively involved in the lab’s work examining how involvement in a theater program might benefit
children with autism. These inquiries into developmental benefits of playful experiences connect back to Tamara’s dissertation on the relation between preschoolers’ pretend play and executive function (i.e., self-control). Tamara earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Washington, supervised by Dr. Betty Repacholi and Dr. Stephanie Carlson (University of Minnesota).

Beyond the lab, Tamara consults on the designs of museum exhibits, curricula for educators, and child-oriented community events, and researches gaps between common practices and science-based guidance. Given such gaps, Tamara also leads professional development workshops and writes for general audiences to communicate findings from the learning and developmental sciences to the families, educators, and policy-makers affecting children’s lives.

 

tamara.spiewak.toub@temple.edu