Professor of Psychology and Neural Science

Department of Psychology

Dr. Karen Adoph is Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Neural Science at New York University. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1986 and her Ph.D. from Emory University in 1993, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1994. She was formerly on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and joined the faculty at NYU in 1997.

Dr. Adolph has received a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, the Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award from the American Psychological Foundation, the Boyd McCandless Award from the American Psychological Association, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Infant Studies, FIRST and MERIT awards from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, two Distinguished Teaching awards from the Psychology Department at NYU, and the Golden Dozen Teaching Award from NYU. She chairs the NIH study section on Motor Function and Speech Rehabilitation, is on the Advisory Board of the McDonnell Foundation, and is on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychobiology, Ecological Psychology, and Infancy

Dr. Adolph is author of the monograph Learning in the Development of Infant Locomotion, and multiple handbook chapters on motor development. Her research—in collaboration with more than 160 undergraduates and 34 doctoral students and staff—examines learning and development in the context of motor skill acquisition in infant humans and monkeys, children, young adults, and elderly adults. She is especially interested in effects of body growth, exploratory activity, environmental and social supports, and culture on perceptual-motor learning and development.