Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Catherine Haden


 ‌ Title: Professor; Ph.D. 
Office: 121 Coffey Hall
Phone: 773.508.8226  
E-mail: chaden@luc.edu 


Personal Information

Ph.D., Emory University
Specialty: Developmental Psychology

Research Website

Research Interests:

Dr. Haden's research program focuses on how children's interactions with their caregivers can influence what they learn and remember.  Recent work addresses how parent-child conversations during hands-on activities impact children's learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Dr. Haden's research also considers whether parent-child conversations and hands-on activities help children remember what they have learned and apply it to new situations.  The research takes place in area museums, including the Chicago Children's Museum and involves children who range in age from 4 to 10 years old.  Ultimately the research is aimed at contributing to understanding and improving young children's STEM education and learning.  Early exposure to fun, creative and meaningful engineering experiences may boost interest and the eventual pursuit of engineering and technology education paths by students.  The research will recommend methods that parents and other educators can use with young children in STEM learning situations to foster early understanding of the scientific method, develop knowledge of STEM-related concepts, and potentially increase interest in future science education and career options.  Dr. Haden's research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. 


Research Methods, Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

Recent (selected) Publications:

Benjamin, N., Haden, C. A., & Wilkerson, E. (2010).  Enhancing building, conversation, and learning through caregiver-child interactions in a children’s museum. Developmental Psychology, 46(2), 502-515. doi: 10.1037/a0017822

Haden, C. A. (2010). Talking about science in museums. Child Development Perspectives, 4(1),62-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2009.00119.x

Haden, C. A., & Hoffman, P. C. (2013). Cracking the code: Using personal narratives in research. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14(3),361-375. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2013. 805135

Haden, C. A., Jant, E. A., Hoffman, P. C., Marcus, M., Geddes, J. R., & Gaskins, S. (2014) Supporting family conversations and children’s STEM learning in a children’s museum. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(3), 333-344.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.04.004

Jant, E. A., Haden, C. A., Uttal, D. H., & Babcock, E. (2014). Conversation and object manipulation influence children’s learning in a museum. Child Development, 85(5), 1771-2105 doi: 10.1111/cdev.12252

Marcus, M, Haden, C. A., & Uttal, D. H. (in press). STEM learning and transfer in a children's museum and beyond its walls. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.