Nanci Weinberger

Nanci Weinberger

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.

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.

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

Most of my courses are in developmental and environmental psychology.
Selected courses include:
Child & Adolescent Development
Adult Development & Aging
Gender in Childhood
Environment & Behavior
Cross Cultural Psychology
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.
Current research is inspired by children, staff, volunteers and families associated with the Hole in the Wall Gang camp.

American Psychological Society

New England Psychological Association

Society for Research in Child Development

Environmental Design Research Association

New England Child Life Professionals Inc.