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Gauvain, Mary

Dr. Mary Gauvain (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1982). My research examines social and cultural contributions to cognitive development, including the influence of parents and peers, formal and informal learning opportunities, the development of problem solving and planning skills, spatial cognition, and children’s comprehension of water and food contamination. I recently authored a paper commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences on the social contextual aspects of integrated STEM learning. My research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Spencer Foundation. I am currently the PI on an interdisciplinary graduate training program in water science with a team of engineers and environmental and social scientists, it is funded by the NSF (IGERT award). I am the author of “The Social Context of Cognitive Development” and have served as Associate Editor of Child Development and the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and on the editorial boards of Cognitive Development and Child Development Perspectives. I am a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, and a member of the Society for Research in Child Development.

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