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Psychology

Heidi McLaughlin

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Heidi McLaughlin
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Ramstad Hall - Room 106D
  • Professional
  • Personal

Education

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of California (Riverside), 2013
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of California (Riverside), 2009
  • B.A., Russian Language and Literature, University of Illinois (Chicago), 2006

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Cognitive Development
  • Sociocultural Contribution to Cognitive Processes
  • Development of Contamination Sensitivity and Biological Concepts

Selected Presentations

  • Global Health Center-Conversations in Global Health, Germs attack white blood cells: Health knowledge in a rural Maasai village, Oregon Health & Science University (2015)

Biography

I am interested in how children learn about health behaviors and concepts, especially in developing countries and economically disadvantaged areas of the US.  My research is both field and lab based. Internationally I have conducted research in rural Uganda and Tanzania where I studied children’s involvement in Aid Projects, assessed contamination sensitivity and health knowledge of children from ages 4 – 16 years old, and examined the transmission of health knowledge in a Maasai community.  Domestically I have studied how interactions between mothers and children contribute to children’s understanding of biological concepts and contamination sensitivity.