The Rowe Lab is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We study the role of social interactions in children’s cognitive development, primarily language and literacy development from birth to age five.
Meredith Rowe is an educational psychologist interested in environmental effects on learning. She examines the role of parent and family factors in children’s early language and cognitive development and develops intervention strategies for caregivers of young children.
Eleanor (Nell) O'Donnell is a doctoral student in the Cultures, Communities, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and French at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Nell is interested in improving early childhood outcomes through a better understanding of parental beliefs and knowledge.
So Yeon Shin is a doctoral student in the Human Development, Learning and Teaching department at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a B.A. in psychology and educational studies from Swarthmore College in 2015. So Yeon is interested in the sociocultural factors that influence children's language development. She is particularly interested in the experiences of emergent bilingual children from immigrant families.
Ran Wei is a doctoral student in Human Development, Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from the HGSE in 2015. Prior to attending the HGSE, she received her B.A. in English language and literature from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is interested in how parental input influences children’s language and cognitive development and how parenting styles differ across cultures.
Anna Kirby is a doctoral student in the Human Development, Learning, and Teaching program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her B.A. in music and psychology from Williams College in 2018. Anna is interested in how young children make sense of the world around them, and particularly in the roles of narrative and language in early childhood learning and thinking.
Qianru (Tiffany) Yang works as a research assistant in the Rowe Lab. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a B.A. in psychology in 2016. She then earned her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from HGSE in 2018. Tiffany is interested in the impact of parental input on children’s social and cognitive development. Currently, she plans to continue on to a Ph.D. in developmental psychology.
Former Lab Members:
Katie Leech – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Samuel Ronfard – Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University
Nadia Chernyak – Assistant Professor, UC Irvine
Doireann Hobbs – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Virginia Salo – Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
Kaitlin Herbert – Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University
Stone (Easton) Dawson
Meishi Lim Haslip
Muanjing (Julia) Wang
Grace Parker Zielinski