Jennifer Ganger, Ph.D

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Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
210 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
office phone: (412)624-3064
email: jganger at


Psychology 1059 (Special Topics in Advanced Research Methods): The Study of Child Language

Psychology 1320: Language Development

Psychology/Linguistics 2320 (Graduate Language Development) (Last offered Spring 2005)

Psychology 0310: Developmental Psychology

Developmental Behavioral Genetics (Graduate Seminar) (Last taught Fall 2001)

Psychology 1053 (Special Topics in Developmental Psychology): Behavior Genetics

Psychology 0423: Cognitive Psychology Lab

Psychology 1305: Experimental Child Psychology

Psychology 0035: Research Methods (Lab Section)


My research addresses the environmental and genetic basess of first language acquisition in children. I first addressed these questions with twins. More recently, I have been investigating the role of language input on language learning directly.

Research Links

·  Ganger, Dunn, & Gordon BUCLD 2004 paper on genetics of passive voice (twin study)

·  Vocabulary spurt data (from Ganger & Brent 2004 Developmental Psychology paper)

·  Ganger & Gordon 2009 SRCD poster: Passive exposure improves comprehension of passive voice in 4-year-olds

·  Ganger & Ullman: 2008 summary of work on BDNF-related genes and past tense



Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH/NRSA), 1998-2001, University of Pittsburgh.

Ph.D in Cognitive Science, 1998, MIT (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences), Cambridge, Massachusetts

B.A. in Linguistics, 1992, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Colfax PTO, for my kids' school