Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she serves as Director of the Infant Language Laboratory and Co-Founder of CiRCLE (The Center for Re-Imagining Children's Learning and Education). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hirsh-Paseks research in the areas of early language development, literacy and infant cognition is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Educational Sciences and the National Institutes of Health and Human Development. She is deeply committed to bridging the gap between research and practice. To that end, she was a researcher on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, co-developed the language and literacy preschool curricula for the State of California and has consulted with toy companies and media programs like Sesame Workshop. She is the winner of the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Service to psychology and the APA Bronfenbrenner Award for her lifetime contribution to the field.