- Dr. Shannon Pruden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University and is director of the Cognitive and Language Development Lab. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, Dr. Pruden received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 2007, where she conducted research at the Temple Infant Lab. After completing her graduate studies, she was a postdoctoral scholar for the Spatial Intelligence Learning Center at the University of Chicago collaborating with Dr. Susan C. Levine.
- Dr. Pruden’s primary research interests lie at the intersection between developmental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, and education. Employing a variety of methodologies (i.e., experimental and naturalistic; cross-sectional and longitudinal) and age groups (i.e., infants, preschoolers and school-aged children), her research focuses on the development of early language abilities with an emphasis on the growth of children’s spatial language and spatial cognition. More specifically, Dr. Pruden has been examining which factors influence children’s early language development, including the role of cognitive factors (i.e., early conceptual knowledge), biological factors (i.e., child gender), and environmental factors (i.e., socioeconomic status and parent language input).
Scholarly & Creative Works
principal investigator on
- Individual Differences in the Development of Spatial Skills: Role of Hippocampal Function and Structure awarded by Child Health and Human Development 2019 - 2023
- Child spatial ability: What role do parents play? awarded by Child Health and Human Development 2021 - 2023
- Understanding the Home Spatial Environment awarded by Society for Research Child Development 2020 - 2021
- TEAM UP for Kids: Teaching Educators to Advance Math/Science in Underserved and Underrepresented Populations awarded by Ware Foundation 2012 - 2015
co-principal investigator on
- Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Physics Learning awarded by National Science Foundation 2014 - 2018
subproject principal investigator on
- Shannon Dick
- https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4589-6854 (confirmed)