Douglas Sperry

Douglas Sperry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Developmental Psychology, The Catholic University of America, 1993

M.M., Piano Performance, Michigan State University, 1986

B.A., French Language and Literature, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1982

B.M., Piano Performance, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1981


Research Activities

Sperry, D. E., Sperry, L. L., & Miller, P. J. (in press). Language socialization.  In Tracy, K. & Sandel, T. (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of language and social interaction. Walden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Miller, P. J., & Sperry, D. E. (2012). Déjà vu: The continuing misrecognition of low-income children's verbal abilities. In S. T. Fiske & H. R. Markus (Eds), Facing Social Class: How Societal Rank Influences Interaction. New York: Russell Sage.

Sperry, L. L., & Sperry, D. E. (2009). Learning to fictionalize in the Black Belt of Alabama. In Shweder, R. A., Bidell, T. R., Dailey, A. C., Dixon, S. D., Miller, P. J., & Modell, J. (Eds.). The child : An encyclopedic companion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Sperry, L. L., & Sperry, D. E. (2000). Verbal and nonverbal contributions to early representation: Evidence from African‑American toddlers. In N. Budwig, I. C. Uzgiris, & J. V. Wertsch (Eds.). Communication: An arena of development. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Sperry, D. E., & Sperry, L. L. (1999). Ebonics and education: An issue that is not all "black or white." In K. C.‑Y. Liu & C. Reynolds (Eds.). Perspectives on diversity in pedagogy. Terre Haute, IN: Curriculum Research and Development Center.

Sperry, L. L., & Sperry, D. E. (1996). Early development of narrative skills. Cognitive Development, 11, 443‑465.

Sperry, L. L., & Sperry, D. E. (1995). Young children's presentations of self in conversational narration. In L. L. Sperry, & P. Smiley, (Eds.). New Directions for Child Development: (Vol. 69). Exploring young children's concepts of self and other through conversation. San Francisco: Jossey‑Bass.