Kathy Hirsh-Pasek


  • Child development
  • Language acquisition
  • Reading and literacy
  • Technology and learning

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz faculty fellow in the psychology department at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long-term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 12 books and hundreds of publications and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, and the Distinguished Lecturer Award, as well as the Association for Psychological Science’s James McKeen Cattell Award. She is the president-elect of the International Society for Infant Studies. She is on the steering committee of the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive Neural Science the advisory boards for Vroom, The Boston Children’s Museum and Jumpstart. Her book, “Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less,” won the Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Hirsh-Pasek received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.