Lois M. Bloom Collection
Lois Bloom, Ph.D., is Edward Lee Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, where she teaches courses in theories of human development, early language development, emotional development, and infancy. Her research, for more than 25 years, has been about the acquisition of language in relation to other developments in the first three years of life--most notably, in relation to developments in cognition, affect and emotion, and social interaction. She has published a number of books and many research articles and theoretical papers.
Her doctoral dissertation at Columbia, Form and Function in Emerging Grammars, was published by the M.I.T. Press in 1970, and her most recent book, The Transition from Infancy to Language: Acquiring the Power of Expression, published by Cambridge University Press in 1993, received the Eleanor E. Maccoby Book Award from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. Her other books include Language Development from Two to Three, Cambridge University Press in 1991 and One Word at a Time: The Use of Single-Word Utterances before Syntax, Mouton de Gruyter Publishers in 1973.
Lois Bloom began her professional career as a speech-language pathologist, working with children who have language problems. In 1978, the publication of Language Development and Language Disorders, John Wiley and Sons, with Margaret Lahey, achieved an important goal for her--the application of results from her research with children who developed language normally to clinical programs of assessment and intervention for children who have language problems. In 2001, her monograph with Erin Tinker, The intentionality model and language acquisition, presenting her theory of language acquisition in relation to the rest of a child's development, was published by the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.
Among Lois Bloom's awards are the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development; the G. Stanley Hall Medal from Division 7, the American Psychological Association; the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University and Teachers College, Columbia University; and the James McKeen Cattell Award in Psychology. She is a past President of Division 7 and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
When not thinking about how children acquire language, she is an avid gardener and golfer, and plays classical guitar. She is President of the Historical Society of Easton, CT, and has taken on the challenge of preserving and restoring the Bradley-Hubbell House, an antique house built in Easton in 1816. Both her husband, Robert, and daughter, Allison, are lawyers.
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