Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Weinberger, Nanci

Nanci Weinberger

Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite J, Room 119

I have been on the faculty at Bryant University since 1990, arriving shortly after completing my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Child Development from Tufts University. I had previously earned an M.S. degree at Tufts, a B.S. degree in Child and the Community from Lesley College and an A.A.S degree in Nursery Education from State University of New York at Cobleskill. My interest in children and child development began early and was modeled by my dad who was known to make funny faces and ask silly questions to any child he would happen to meet. Children delight and amaze me to this day. I’m lucky enough to be able to do some volunteer work with children at Hasbro children’s hospital and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Most of my courses are in developmental and environmental psychology. Selected courses include: Child & Adolescent Development Adult Development & Aging Gender in Childhood Environment & Behavior Senior Internship Seminar Directed Studies

My research focus is on children's spaces. I am interested the role of the physical environment on children's experiences. In addition, I investigate how adults perceive different settings for children and how they arrange childhood spaces to meet the developmental needs of children.

  • American Psychological Society
  • New England Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Environmental Design Research Association
  • New England Child Life Professionals Inc.
  • 2016, Bryant University Mentor of the Year Award
  • 2013, Faculty Merit Award
  • 2010, Faculty Merit Award
  • 2007, Faculty Merit Award
  • 2002, Faculty Merit Award
  • 1999, Faculty Merit Award
  • 1998, Herstory Award

Weinberger, N., Welcome back! Helping young children return to your program after hospitalization, Texas Child Care Quarterly, 2015.

Neal, R., Weinberger, N., Inch by Inch: Making Our Child Care Gardens Grow, Texas Child Care Quarterly, 2017.

Weinberger, N., Butler, A., Schumacher, P., McGee, B., Brown, R. L., Child Life Specialists' Evaluation of Hospital Playroom Design: A Mixed Method Inquiry, Journal of Interior Design (Special Issue on Health Care Design), 2017.

Weinberger, N., Making more room for physical activity in home-based child care, Texas Child Care Quarterly, 2013.

Weinberger, N., Schumacher, P., Butler, A., Looking Inside and Out: Perceptions of Physical Activity in Child Care Spaces, Early Child Development and Care, 2013.

Weinberger, N., Anderson, T., Schumacher, P., Young Children’s Access and Use of Computers in Family Child Care and Child Care Centers, Computers in Human Behavior, 2009.

Weinberger, N., Listening to life’s lessons: Using music lyrics and poetry to face issues of aging in the classroom, Journal of Poetry Therapy, 2008.

Weinberger, N., Stein, K., Early competitive game playing in same- and mixed-gender peer groups, Early competitive game playing in same- and mixed-gender peer groups. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 54 (4), 499-514., 2008.

Weinberger, N., Children’s use of retreats in family child care homes, Early Education and Development, 2006.

Weinberger, N., Weinberger, N. (2003). Infant object mastery in the home: A robust phenomenon. , Bryant University Faculty Working Paper Series, 2003.

Weinberger, N., Overcoming obstacles to create retreats in family child care, Young Children, 2000.

Weinberger, N., Assessing object mastery in the home , Field Methods, 1999.

Weinberger, N., Making a place for infants in family day care, Early Education and Development, 1998.

Weinberger, N., Day care room transitions for toddlers: Recommendations for a supportive physical environment, Early Childhood Education Journal , 1996.

Easterling, D., Miller, S., Weinberger, N., Environmental consumerism: A Process of Children’s Socialization and Families’ Resocialization, Journal of Psychology and Marketing, 1995.

Weinberger, N., Bushnell, E., Young children’s knowledge about their senses: Perceptions and misconceptions, Child Study Journal, 1994.

Easterling, D., Miller, S., Weinberger, N., Children as ‘Environmentally Friendly’ retail patrons, 1993.

Bushnell, E. W., Weinberger, N., Infants' detection of visual-tactual discrepancies: Asymmetries that indicate a directive role of visual information, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Special Issue, 1987.