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Roberta Golinkoff

Professor of Education, University of Delaware

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. She directs the Child's Play, Learning and Development lab and studies language development, playful learning, the effects of media on children, and spatial development.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College, her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center. The recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical award, she is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines as a scientific advocate for children. Recently she was elected to the National Academy of Education.

Her latest book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children reached the New York Times best seller list. She has also written over 200 research articles and book chapters.


  • –present
    H. Rodney Sharp Professor and Director, UD Infant Language Project, University of Delaware