NEWS | November 28, 2018

Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 12


Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from the Temple University will present “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Dec. 12 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. The hour-long presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

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Hirsch-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy, and the role of play in learning. Hirsch-Pasek has co-authored 14 books and hundreds of publications, including Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less, for which she won the Books for a Better Life Award for “Best Psychology Book.”

Hirsch-Pasek is the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award, among others. She serves on multiple advisory boards and steering committees and frequently appears on National Public Radio and in the New York Times.

During her talk, Hirsch-Pasek will argue that the best way to ensure strong reading skills is by focusing not only on reading but also by building strong language skills in early childhood. She will present six principles of language learning that can help build a strong foundation for later reading success. Hirsch-Pasek will also share new research conducted to help bridge the gap between what is known about the science of learning and what happens at home and in the classroom.

Additional lectures in this series include:
· Jan. 9: “Expect more – an adult autism adventure” with Mike Lake from the House of Commons of Canada
· Feb. 13: “Adolescent risk for developing psychosis” with Deanna Barch from Washington University in St. Luis
· Mar. 13 “Altered neurodevelopment in schizophrenia” with Davis Lewis from University of Pittsburgh
· April 10: “Genetic and neurophysiological approaches to tackle neurodevelopmental disorders” with Huda Zoghbi from Baylor College of Medicine
· May 8: “Brain immune interactions in neurodevelopment” with Staci Bilbo from Lurie Center for Autism

These presentations are intended for both professionals and community members. For more information, contact Felicia Carrillo at 916-703-0253 or For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at