Faculty Experts - Pamela Blewitt, Ph.D.

Pamela Blewitt, Ph.D.

Pamela Blewitt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Early childhood education and care
  • Young children's acquisition of vocabulary
  • Quality of child care and its effects on early language and literacy

Summary

Dr. Blewitt is a leading authority on how young children acquire vocabulary. She has researched the basic cognitive processes that support word learning while delving into environmental factors that enrich verbal expression such as shared book reading and adult-child conversation. Blewitt can also address how the quality of child care affects early language and literacy and discuss how to make developmental science accessible to parents, caregivers and helping professionals.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Rochester

Selected Publications

  • Broderick, P.C., Blewitt, P., The life span: Human development for helping professionals (1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions), Prentice-Hall, Saddle River, NJ, 2003, 2006, 2010.
  • Blewitt, P., Rump, K.M., Shealy, S.E. & Cook, S.A., "Shared book reading: When and how questions affect young children's word learning," Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 294-304, 2009.
  • Dolena, A.L. and Blewitt, P., "Social class differences in the 'slow mapping' of word knowledge in young children." Presented at the biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, 2009.
  • Fedor, M.C., Blewitt, P., "Language input and shared book reading: The role of SES and preschool type." Presented at the biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Villanova University
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Villanova University
  • Instructor in Psychology, Nazareth College
  • Remedial Reading Teacher, Berkshire Farm for Boys, Canaan, New York

Selected Research

  • National Institute of Mental Health, "Relating Adult Speech to Children's Word Learning," 1982-83.
  • National Institute of Mental Health, "A Study of Acquired Aphasia in Children," 1979-80.
  • Villanova Faculty Research Grant, 1977, 1983, 1994.

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