May Authors of the Month: Lawrence Balter and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Lawrence Balter and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, authors of Child Psychology, 3rd Edition, are our Routledge Psychology Authors of the Month for May! Read our exclusive interview and learn more about their fantastic new edition!

"This is the kind of anthology that inspired me as a student, and continues to inspire me as a scientist."

-Ross A. Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis


The world of developmental science is advancing at an unprecedented rate, with new findings emerging every day on the learning and development of infants, children and adolescents, and the contextual and cultural forces that influence development. This edited volume brings together cutting-edge research from scholars with expertise in different domains and ages of development. The aim is to showcase the scholarship of leaders in the field, which offers readers a unique theoretical and methodological window onto how development is conceptualized and studied by different scholars.

This edition showcases new research areas and methodologies in developmental science – ranging from the study of biological underpinnings to emotional development in infancy to the role of video games in adolescent learning. Additionally, it presents scholarship on development and learning from experts around the world, in line with the rapid globalization of the science.

Readers will appreciate the rich variety of questions that are tackled by developmental scientists, and learn about the clever methods and tools that scientists have generated to address those questions.

The topic of diversity -- in its numerous forms -- cuts across all chapters in the Handbook.The Handbook illustrates the diverse methods used in developmental science across children of different ages; it presents the full range of questions that inspire the work of developmental scientists; it examines development and learning across diverse populations within and outside the United States; and considers the range of contextual factors that affect children’s learning and development, ranging from biology to parenting to cultural setting.

The public often homogenizes the study of developmental science – thinking that all scientists, for instance, study infants in laboratory experiments. This book highlights the enormous heterogeneity that encompasses the field of developmental science.

Readers will soon recognize that the study of development is exciting, challenging, and innovative, and varies enormously across researchers who tackle different topics and children of different ages and backgrounds.

Lawrence Balter is Professor Emeritus at New York University where he taught developmental psychology, child psychopathology, and diagnostic psychological assessment. Balter created study abroad initiatives in developmental psychology at the Piaget Archives at the University of Geneva, NYU in Prague, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a recipient of a Professor of the Year award at NYU. Balter is an internationally renowned parenting expert who has appeared regularly in the electronic media, has published books for parents and children, and was a columnist for numerous trade magazines. He received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution award from APA’s Division of Media Psychology. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Future of Children, a joint publication of Princeton University and the Brookings Institution and is a Consulting Editor at NAEYC's Young Children.

Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda is Professor of Developmental Psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She studies intersections among children’s emerging skills in language, communication, motor and social domains across the first years of life. Her research is focused on the socio- cultural contexts of early development, especially the ways that infant-parent language interactions and everyday parenting practices affect children’s developmental trajectories across cultural communities within the U.S. and internationally.

Child Psychology, 3rd Edition

  • Child Psychology

    A Handbook of Contemporary Issues, 3rd Edition

    Edited by Lawrence Balter, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

    This third edition of Child Psychology continues the tradition of showcasing cutting-edge research in the field of developmental science, including individual differences, dynamic systems and processes, and contexts of development. While retaining a similar structure to the last edition, this…

    Paperback – 2016-03-11
    Psychology Press