Victoria Molfese, Ph.D. Chancellor's Professor, Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies

Victoria J. Molfese received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She has published journal articles, books, and book chapters in the area of cognitive development in infants, children and adults. Molfese has also written grant proposals in support of research activities, including an NIH-funded longitudinal research grant on electrophysiological and behavioral predictors of language and cognitive development in children. Her work has been funded by grants from National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Kellogg Foundation, and NASA.

Molfese is currently investigating the effectiveness of early intervention to enhance mathematic skills in high-risk preschool children; the relation between early skills in reading and mathematics in preschool and early elementary-aged children; and the role of teacher-student interactions in preschool for cognitive growth. She is also investigating brain processing and the development of executive function skills, along with the impacts of sleep, health status and learning-related behaviors on academic gains by young children.