Heather L. Kirkorian, PhD

Credentials: Human Development and Family Studies, SoHE

Position title: Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development
Faculty Director Child Development Lab
Department Chair
Associate Professor

Email: kirkorian@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-4020

4105 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706

BA 2002, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
MS 2004, Developmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
PhD 2007, Developmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Dr. Kirkorian’s research interests are at the intersection of cognitive development and media effects. Her vision-related research addresses how children allocate visual selective attention to dynamic stimuli (e.g., television) and in naturalistic contexts (e.g., during toy play). She also studies the extent to which infants and toddlers learn from digital media, and the impact of screen media on play and parent-child interactions. Dr. Kirkorian specializes in eye-tracking methodology including data collection and analysis.

Cognitive Development and Media Lab

Child Development Lab