Professor Amy Needham


Amy Needham received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying infant cognitive development. She spent the first 16 years of her career at Duke University, where she began studying the emergence and development of infants’ use of their hands to learn about objects. In 2009, she moved to Vanderbilt University, where she is a member of the faculty at Peabody College of Education and Human Development and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. One of her important scientific contributions is the Sticky Mittens paradigm, which has allowed researchers to make many discoveries about how infants learn about their own actions and others’ actions. Over the past 5 years, she has begun studying the development of visual-motor skills in infants and young children with Down syndrome and believes that studying both typical and atypical pathways of development can be more beneficial than studying either one in isolation.

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