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. 

 

 

 

Principal Investigator: 

Meredith

Meredith

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.


Lab Members:

Nell

Nell

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.


Laura

Laura

Laura Mesite is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a B.A. in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut in 2011 and an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from HGSE in 2016. She is interested in how sociocultural and cognitive factors affect language and reading development. She is specifically interested in how factors such as socioeconomic status and English language proficiency play a role in the identification and remediation of reading disabilities among children in the U.S.


So Yeon

So Yeon

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.


Sarah

Sarah

Sarah Surrain is a doctoral student in Human Development, Learning and Teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studies the language and literacy development of children from diverse linguistic backgrounds, with a particular interest in the role of parent beliefs and home language practices on bilingual development in early childhood. She received an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from HGSE in 2014. Previously, she was a curriculum developer and literacy coach in Spanish-English bilingual classrooms in Chicago and taught Spanish as a foreign language in PK-12 settings.


Ran

Ran

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

Anna

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.


Tiffany

Tiffany

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.


Dorothy

Dorothy

Dorothy (Yuyue) Sun is a graduate research assistant in the Rowe Lab. She earned a B.S. in Child Studies and Cognitive Studies at Vanderbilt University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Ed.M. in the Human Development and Psychology program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dorothy is interested in how young children engage in social learning from the world around them, particularly how they learn words in various contexts.


Former Lab Members:

Katie Leech – Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Samuel Ronfard – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto at Mississauga
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
Emily Dowling
Chase Ferree
Emma Gulley
Meishi Lim Haslip
Hye Jeong (Lena) Jeong
Haley Kittel
Meixuan Li
Jennifer McCatharn
Molly McDowell
Brianna Swenson
Tracy Tan
Myra Thomas
Muanjing (Julia) Wang
Grace Parker Zielinski


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