The Director


Tomoe Kanaya, Ph.D. – Dr. Kanaya is a developmental psychologist whose research interest lies in the intersection of child development and public policy, with a primary focus on educational policy.  She is currently conducting research on cross-cultural differences in family-child discourse patterns, the work-life-career concerns of adolescents and college students, and the developmental issues faced by Latino families and children. Her previous research has examined the use (and misuse) of IQ scores on special education diagnoses and her current work is focusing on the impact of occupational and familial factors on young children’s language and memory development.

Professor Kanaya’s work has garnered awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Education Research Association, the Spencer Foundation, and the Haynes Foundation.  Her research has also been covered in various national and international media outlets including The New Yorker, the Australian Broadcasting CompanyABC news, and Science Daily.

Select Publications:

Young Adults and Adolescents: Not Too Early to Be Worried About Work-Life Balance.” Published in The California Psychologist.

“Are all IQ scores created equal? The differential costs of IQ cut-off scores for at-risk children.” Published in Child Development Perspectives.

“Believing is seeing: How rumors can engender false memories in preschoolers,” published in Psychological Science.

“Developing childhood proclivities into adult competencies: The overlooked multiplier effect,” published in Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (Cambridge University Press).

“Psychological control and autonomy granting: Opposite ends of a continuum or distinct constructs?,” published in Journal of Research on Adolescence.

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