Catherine Tamis-Lemonda, Ph.D.

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Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda is Professor of Developmental Psychology, in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University, where she directs the NYU Play & Language Lab ( and co-directs the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society; President-Elect of the International Congress of Infant Studies. Tamis-LeMonda’s research focuses on infant and child language, communication, object play, and cascading influences among developmental domains. She takes a development-in-context approach, with the aim of  advancing an understanding of the roles of language input, home experiences, parenting, and culture in infant learning and development. Tamis-LeMonda’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, LEGO Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Robinhood Foundation. She has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, and co-edited the volumes Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues, 1st 2nd 3rd Editions (Psychology Press, 1999, 2006, 2016), Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, (Psychology Press, 2002; 2013), The Development of Social Cognition and Communication (Psychology Press, 2005), and the forthcoming Handbook of Infant Development (Cambridge University Press).