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Brenna Hassinger-Das

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - NYC

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Brenna Hassinger-Das is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pace University-NYC. She directs the Science of Development (SciDev) Lab, where she ask questions about how children and families learn and develop, in areas including language, mathematics, and executive functioning.


PhD , University of Delaware , 2013
Education (Learning Sciences)

MS , University of Pennsylvania , 2008
Counseling and Psychological Services

BA , Pennsylvania State University , 2005

Awards and Honors

  • AERA, SRCD, 2017 - AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Temple University, Department of Psychology, 2016 - Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award
  • University of Delaware, 2012 - Frank B. Murray Award for Excellence in Graduate Research


Dr. Hassinger-Das's research examines children's play and learning in home, school, and community contexts, particularly for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Her areas of expertise encompass executive functioning, early number sense, and vocabulary acquisition. She is particularly interested in investigating the role of play and games for learning.


  • American Psychological Association 2017
  • Society for Research in Child Development [Student and Early Career Council Representative] 2013
  • American Educational Research Association [Division C Campus Liaison] 2011
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