Heather Kirkorian

Credentials: Ph.D.

Position title: Associate Professor; Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development; Faculty Director of the CDL

Email: kirkorian@wisc.edu

My research interests lie at the intersection of cognitive development, media effects, and family studies. I am Director of the Cognitive Development and Media Lab, where my students and I study the impact of screen media on attention, learning, and play in infants and young children. We use behavioral, observational, and psychophysiological research methods to examine moment-to-moment changes in children’s responses to media. We also consider how research can inform the design of educationally valuable media and empower parents to use these media effectively with young children.