As a first generation college student, I began my college experience at a state university (SUNY at Cobleskill) and received an A.A.S. degree in Nursery Education (aka early childhood education). Later on I earned a B.S. degree in Child and the Community from Lesley College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Tufts University.
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. In recent years I have been able to volunteer at Hasbro children’s hospital and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (for seriously ill children).
Ph D, Tufts University
MS, Tufts University
BS, Lesley College
AAS, State University of New York at Cobleskill
Weinberger, N., Welcome back! Helping young children return to your program after hospitalization, Texas Child Care Quarterly, 2015.
Brown, R. L.,Weinberger, N., Anything He Can Do, She Can Do Better: Children's Attitudes About Gender And Occupations, Journal of Psychological Research.
Nash, J. G.,Weinberger, N., You’re brave, I’ll be your friend: Children’s evaluations of peers with cancer , Psychology in the Schools.
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.
Faculty Merit Award, 2018
Summer Stipend Award, 2018
Bryant University Mentor of the Year Award, 2016
Faculty Merit Award, 2013
Faculty Merit Award, 2010
Faculty Merit Award, 2007
Faculty Merit Award, 2002
Faculty Merit Award, 1999
Herstory Award, 1998
Selected courses include: Child & Adolescent Development Adult Development & Aging Gender in Childhood Environment & Behavior Cross Cultural Psychology Senior Internship Seminar Directed Studies
As a developmental and environmental psychologist, 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. Current research is inspired by children, staff, volunteers and families associated with the Hole in the Wall Gang camp. A secondary research area addresses gender in childhood.
American Psychological Society
New England Psychological Association
Society for Research in Child Development
Environmental Design Research Association
New England Child Life Professionals Inc.