Past News

May 2017

Dr. Lillard was invited to speak at at Montessori Asian Conference in Hong Kong!

April 2017

Distinguished Majors Sky Cardwell, Caroline Chamberlain, and Julia Rauen presented their honors thesis posters at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference in Charlottesville, VA!

Sky presents "Pretend Play as a Potential Regulator of Emotion in Young Children"
Caroline presents "The Impact of Prosocial Media on Children's Prosocial Behavior and Empathy"
Julia presents "Children's Preferences for Pretend and Real Activities and Roles"

Graduate students Jessica Taggart and Sierra Eisen, and lab coordinator MJ Heise presented research posters at the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, TX!

December 2016

Former graduate students Dr. Dore and Dr. Smith have published findings illustrating that children adopt the traits of a character that they have read about in a story!

October 2016

Graduate student Sierra Eisen and lab coordinator MJ Heise presented research projects at the Society for Research in Child Development's Technology and Media in Children's Development Meeting in Irvine, CA!

May 2016


Dr. Lillard spoke at the Hsin Yi Early Childhood Conference in Taipei, Taiwan on early childhood education!

March 2016


The UVA Child Development Labs were recently featured in C'ville Kids! Read the article here!

January 2016


When do children begin pretending to use bananas as telephones? This game is actually an illustration of a child's ability to separate the meaning of an object from the physical item! Dr. Lillard and colleagues recently published an article on children's understanding of object pretense in the Journal of Cognition and Development. Link to PDF

September 2015


The Early Development Lab welcomes its new lab coordinator, MJ Heise!

July 2015


Graduate student Jessica Taggart was accepted as a Fellow to the Lifespan Development, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE). Learn more about LIFE.

June 2015


Graduate student Sierra Eisen was awarded a grant from the American Montessori Society to study how children learn from apps compared with hands-on materials. Thanks to all the children and families who have participated in her research!

April 2015


Congratulations to Rebecca Dore, who successfully defended her dissertation this week! This fall, Rebecca will be beginning an Institute for Education Sciences post-doctoral position in the lab of Roberta Golinkoff at the University of Delaware. Thanks to all the families who participated in her research!