Karen Adolph


New York, NY

Founder, Databrary New York, NY

Karen E. Adolph, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the
Center for Neuroscience at New York University (NYU). Previously she was on the
faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research examines learning and development
in the context of motor skill acquisition in infants and children. She is especially
interested in effects of body growth, exploratory activity, environmental and social
supports, and culture on perceptual-motor learning and development. She leads the
Databrary.org project to enable open video data sharing among developmental
scientists. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and
American Psychological Society and president of the International Society for Infant
Studies. She received a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, the American
Psychological Foundation (APF) Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award, the APA Boyd
McCandless Award, and four teaching awards from NYU. She chaired the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) Motor Function and Speech Rehabilitation Study Section and
is on the advisory board of the McDonnell Foundation and the editorial board of
Developmental Psychobiology. Dr. Adolph is author of the Society for Research in
Child Development (SRCD) monograph Learning in the Development of Infant
Locomotion and multiple handbook chapters on motor development. She received her
B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University and
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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