Brittany Thompson

Brittany Thompson

Brittany Thompson

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Applied Developmental Psychology: Mechanisms impacting social and emotional development; pretend play; measurement

Brittany Thompson is a 4th year Doctoral Candidate. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2012 with a B.A. in psychology with a minor in educational studies. Her current research interests include defining and measuring pretend play, and which specific components of pretend play benefit child development. More broadly, Brittany is interested in measurement and construct validity, as well as the value of consistent operational definitions in early childhood intervention. When she graduates in Spring 2020, she is interested in pursuing a job at an independent research organization focused on helping policymakers and practitioners apply research to best serve children's needs and foster their development.

Selected Publications

Thompson, B. & Winsler, A. (2018).  Parent-teacher agreement on social skills and behavior problems among ethnically diverse preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3570-5

Thompson, B. & Goldstein, T. R. (2019).  Disentangling pretend play research: Defining the essential elements and developmental progression. Developmental Review, 52, 24-41. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2019.100867.

Thompson, B.  & Goldstein, T. R. (2019).  Children learn from both embodied and passive pretense: A replication and extension.  Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.13309

Recent Presentations

Thompson, B. & Kornienko, O. (2019, November). Motivation influences friendship ties: Social network analysis as a tool for understanding dynamics of psychological constructs and networks. Poster presented at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Fall Research Conference, Denver, CO.

Greenburg, J. E. & Thompson, B. N. (2019, May).  “Catch them while they’re young?”: Academic outcomes for students retained early rather than later in 3rd grade. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Thompson, B. & Goldstein, T. R. (2019, March).  Embodiment and representation when constructing knowledge through play—A registered replication and extension. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Thompson, B. & Goldstein, T. R. (2019, March).  Pretend play: A systematic review of definitions, components, and measurement. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Goldstein, T. R. & Thompson, B. (2019, March).  The cognitive, social, and emotional skills taught in an adolescent theatre classroom.  Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Thompson, B. & Goldstein, T. R. (2018, November).  Pretend play in early childhood programs: A case for evidence-based program implementation and researcher-practitioner partnerships.  Poster presented at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Fall Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Goldstein, T. R. & Thompson, B. (2018, August). Ensemble building within youth theater programs: Alignment of research and practice. American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, Division 10, San Francisco, CA. 

Thompson, B. & Goldstein, T. R. (2018, May). Ensemble building in educational contexts: What can we learn from theater instruction? Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.