Barbara A. Wasik, Ph.D.

Barbara A. Wasik, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology

Psychological Studies in Education

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Ritter Hall 441
College of Education 
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-4982

  • Ph. D.Temple University (Developmental Psychology)
  • M.S. Rutgers University (Applied Developmental Psychology)
  • B.S. Rutgers University (Psychology)
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Early literacy with children in poverty
  • Early intervention
  • Early Childhood curriculum and policies
  • Literacy & Learners
Recent Scholarship

Wasik, B.A. (in press). When fewer is more: Small groups in early childhood classrooms. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Byrnes, J. P., & Wasik, B.A. (in press). Translating cognitive science to the classroom: The role of phonological sensitivity and vocabulary in the development of early literacy skills. To appear in C. Fiorello & K. Thurman (eds.), Cognitive Development in K-3 classrooms: Learning and research applications. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Byrnes, J. P., & Wasik, B. A. (in press). The Development of Language and Literacy Skills in Children: What  Teachers Need to Know. New York: Guilford.

Wasik, B. A., & Hindman, A. H. (2007). Teacher training and young children’s language and literacy 
development. In W. Boykin & R. E. Slavin (eds.), Promoting High Achievement for All Children: Evidence-based programs, practices, policies and procedures. Sterling VA: Stylus Publishers. 

Wasik, B. A. (2006). Building vocabulary one word at a time. Young Children, 61, 70-78.

Wasik, B. A., Bond, M. A., & Hindman, A. H. (2006).  The effects of a language and literacy intervention on Head Start children and teachers. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98, 63-74.

Wasik, B. A., & Hindman, A. H. (2005). The implications of policy decisions on practices in early childhood education. In K. Leithwood, N. Bascia, & A. Datnow (eds.), Handbook on Educational Policy. New York: Kluwer Press.

Seefeld, C. & Wasik, B. A. (2005). Early education: Threes, fours, and fives go to school. Upper saddle River, NJ; Prentice Hall.

Wasik, B. A., & Bond, M. A. (2001). Beyond the pages of a book: Interactive book reading in preschool classrooms. Journal of Educational Psychology, 93, 43-50.