Lynn S. Liben

Lynn S. Liben

Evan Pugh University Professor

Professor of Psychology; Human Development; and Education

Director, Cognitive and Social Development Lab

Dr. Lynn S. Liben's Mailing Address: 509 Moore Building
CSD Lab Mailing Address: 504 Moore Building

University Park , PA 16802
Phone (814) 863-7391
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  1. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1972
  2. B.A., Cornell University, 1968


Dr. Liben is an Evan Pugh University Professor at Penn State. Her primary appointment is Professor in the Department of Psychology of the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State where she is affiliated with the Developmental Psychology area and directs the Cognitive and Social Development Lab. She also holds faculty appointments in the College of Health & Human Development and in the College of Education.

She received her degrees in psychology from Cornell University (undergraduate) and from the University of Michigan (graduate). Dr. Liben has been at Penn State for most of her career, but has held brief faculty appointments at the University of Rochester and the University of Pittsburgh, and has spent sabbatical leaves at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, the National Geographic Society, the City University of New York, the University of Freiburg, New York University, and the University of Canberra.

Dr. Liben has published extensively on topics in both cognitive and social development, and has been actively involved in research and professional activities at the intersection of developmental psychology and education. Please click research interests for a more detailed description of the topics she studies and vita for details about publications and other professional activities. 

In addition to her faculty roles at Penn State, Dr. Liben has been active in various professional organizations. She is past President of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Division 7 (Developmental) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Piaget Society. She has also been active in editing. She is currently Editor of the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development and was previously Editor of Child Development and of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Dr. Liben is a fellow of APA, APS, EPA, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

A fuller list of Dr. Liben's professional activities and publications may be found on her vita.