Stanford Experts

Anne Fernald

Professor of Human Biology


(650) 723-1257



Working with English- and Spanish-learning children from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, Professor Fernald’s research examines the importance of early language experience in supporting language development. She and her team are deeply involved in community-based research in San Jose, designing an innovative parent-engagement program for low-resource Latino families with young children. They are also conducting field studies of beliefs about child development and caregiver-child interaction in rural villages in Senegal. A central goal of this translational research is to help parents understand their vital role in facilitating children’s language and cognitive growth.