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Anne Fernald

Associate Professor
Josephine Knotts Knowles Professor in Human Biology
Primary Area: 
Office Location: 
Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 202
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays from 1:00PM-3:30PM
Office Phone: 
(650) 725-1876
Gonzales, Henedina

Research Summary

Working with English- and Spanish-learning children from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, our research examines the importance of early language experience in supporting language development.  We are deeply involved in community-based research in San Jose,  designing an innovative parent-engagement program for low-resource Latino families with young children.  We are also conducting field studies of beliefs about child development and caregiver-child interaction in rural villages in Senegal.  A central goal of this translational research is to help parents understand their vital role in facilitating children’s language and cognitive growth.


Ph.D. Psychology, University of Oregon, 1982