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Amanda Woodward


Amanda Woodward is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in 1987 and her doctoral degree at Stanford University in 1992.  After a postdoctoral year at Cornell University, she took her first faculty position at the University of Chicago in 1993.  In 2005 she left Chicago to become Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland.  In 2010, she returned to Chicago.  

Woodward has served as an Associate Editor for the APA journals Developmental Psychology and Psychological Bulletin, and on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Language Learning and Development and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  She has served on the National Institutes of Health Cognition and Perception Review Panel and the Canada Research Chairs College of Reviewers. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Cognitive Development Society and the Executive Board of the International Society on Infant Studies.

Woodward’s research has been recognized by several awards including the John Merck Fund Young Scholars Award (1994), the APA Boyd McCandless Award (2000) and a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship (2003-2004). She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Psychological Association (Division 7). Her research has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation and the John Merck Fund.

Research Interests

•    Infant Cognition
•    Social Cognitive Development
•    Imitation
•    Theory of Mind 

Selected Publications

"See lab web page (link on right)."


•    From Action to Abstraction
•    Cognitive Development
•    Mind

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