Jane Childers

Jane  Childers , Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

Education   Courses Taught

Ph.D. - Developmental Psychology, Minor in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. - Developmental Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

B.A. - Psychology, Baylor University


Cognitive Development

Social Development

FY and Senior Seminars: Various topics related to cognition and language

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Dr. Childers joined the Trinity faculty in 2000, following a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University.The main focus of her research is to examine children's early verb learning, both in laboratory studies and in naturalistic contexts across cultures. Her current research uses behavioral enactment, video and eye tracking procedures to test how a specific mental process, the comparison of events, may be used by children when deducing the meaning of new verbs.

Try new ideas and never give up!

Dr. Childers teaches courses that explore various topics in development. Key topics of interest are how human infants compare to non-human primates in their cognitive abilities, how development is influenced by and unfolds across cultures, and recently, explorations of developmental disabilities.



Childers, J. B.  (2011).  Attention to Multiple Events Helps Two 1/2-Year-Olds Extend New Verbs.  First Language, 31, 3-22

Childers, J. B. & Hirshkowitz, A.** (2011, July).  Using Contrast to Infer Verb Meaning.  Paper presented in symposium entitled Constructing Verbs and Their Meanings (Chair: Eve Clark) at the biennial meeting of the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Montreal, Ontario.

Velasquez, C.**, Childers, J. B. & Parrish, R.**  (2011, October).  Verb Learning: An Eye-tracking Study of Event Comparison by Children and Adults.  Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Benavides, K.**, Paik, J., Childers, J. B., Thurmond, N.** & Terrell, C.**  (2011, July).  Can English-speaking and Korean-speaking Children Use Variability Across Events in Verb Learning?  Poster presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language meeting, Montreal, Ontario, CA.

Childers, J. B., Parrish, R.** & Yazdandoost, S.** (2011, March).  Using Eye-trackiing to Better Understand How Observers Compare Events during Verb Learning.  Poster presented at the EyeTracKids Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Galvan, T.** & Childers, J. B.  (2011, January).  Differences in early verb learning: The role of language and maternal speech.  Poster presented at the Diversifying Clinical Psychology meeting, Nashville, TN. 

National Institutes of Health, Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant (R15) (8/2010-7/2013). "Verb learning: How does comparison develop?" $199,600. Jane B. Childers, Principle Investigator.

Childers, J. B. (2009). "Early Verb Learners: Creative or Not?" Invited commentary for L. R. Naigles, E. Hoff & D. Vear's Flexibility in early verb use: Evidence from a multiple-n diary study in the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 74, 133-39.

Childers, J. B., & Paik, J. H. (2009). "Korean- and English-speaking children use cross-situational information to learn novel predicate terms." Journal of Child Language, 36, 201-24.

Childers, J. B., Vaughan, J.** & Burquest, D. A. (2007). "Joint attention and early word learning in Ngas-speaking infants in Nigeria." Journal of Child Language, 33, 199-225.

Community and Trinity Involvement

The Children's Research Lab provides child development information to local families. This year, the lab participated in "Zoo Boo" at the San Antonio Zoo.

Dr. Childers serves as the Chair of the IRB and is Chair of the Linguistics Program at Trinity.

Dr. Childers lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Danny, their daughter, Emily, and two cats. She is an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church.

Jane  Childers

Contact Information
Department of Psychology
Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212

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