Lynn Liben

Lynn Liben

McCourtney Professor of Child Studies

Professor of Psychology, Human Development, and Education

Director, Cognitive and Social Development Lab

Dr. Lynn Liben Mailing Address: 509 Moore Building
CSD Mailing Address: 504 Moore Building

University Park , PA 16802
Phone (814) 863-7391
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  1. Ph. D., University of Michigan, 1972


Dr. Liben's primary appointment is as Distinguished 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, and New York University.

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 currently Post-President of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and has previously served as President of Division 7(Developmental) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and President of the Piaget Society. She has also been involved in editing, having served as Editor of Child Development and of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, in addition to serving on many editorial boards. Dr. Liben is a member of the Publications Committee of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Justice and Equity Committee of SRCD. She 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.