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.
Katie Leech is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her Ph.D in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland in 2016 and a B.A. in psychology from Kenyon College in 2010. She is interested in the links between children's language and literacy skills, as well as how parents foster children's language development during the preschool years.
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.
Kaitlin Herbert is a research assistant in the Rowe Lab. She received a M.Ed. degree in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016. Prior to attending HGSE, she received her B.A. in psychology and English from Bucknell University in 2012. She is interested in children's early development, particularly in regards to how children's cognitive and socio-emotional development overlap. In addition, her interests include the role of parenting practices and interventions in closing the readiness gap, both cognitively and socio-emotionally, between low-income and high-income children.
Former Lab Members:
Samuel Ronfard – Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University
Muanjing (Julia) Wang – Preschool Teacher, Cambridge, MA
Nadia Chernyak – Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University
Emma Gulley – Preschool Teacher, Cambridge, MA
Doireann Hobbs – Doctoral Student, University of Maryland
Molly McDowell – Graduate Student, Dartmouth
Virginia Salo – Doctoral Student, University of Maryland