Catherine Haden, Ph.D.
Catherine Haden is Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Haden received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 1995 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1995 to 1997. She has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago since 1997.
Haden's program of research focuses on social factors - such as interactions with parents - that can influence developmental changes in children's learning and remembering. Recent work considers how parent-child conversations during hands-on activities in museums impact children's interest and understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Haden is especially interested in identifying ways that parents and other educators can support children's cognitive development.
Haden has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She teaches graduate courses in Cognitive Development, Research Methods, Memory, and Parenting, and undergraduate Research Methods and Laboratory in Developmental Psychology. Her active research team includes 10-12 undergraduate research assistants each semester. Haden has been recognized through several awards for her teaching and mentoring of students.
Haden has served the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) as a Program Committee member, the Program Chair (2009 meeting), and as an elected Council Member. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Assocation (APA) and Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee of APA Division 7 (Developmental). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.