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Faculty

szechterLisa Szechter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 2003, The Pennsylvania State University
Curriculum Vitae

Email: szechter@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-3318

3068 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

Dr. Szechter is interested in how everyday social interactions shape our understanding of visual representations such as photographs and drawings. Her research is focused on how parents and children talk about representations in the context of naturalistic activities such as picture book reading and museum visits. She is particularly interested in the role played by parents in structuring their children's informal learning experiences, and in how these experiences contribute to children's cognitive development.

Selected Publications

Szechter, L. E., & Carey, E. J. (in press). Gravitating toward science: Parent-child interactions at a gravitational-wave observatory. To appear in Science Education.

Szechter, L. E., & Liben, L. S. (2007). Children’s aesthetic understanding of photographic art and the quality of art-related parent-child interactions. Child Development, 78, 879-894.

Liben, L. S., & Szechter, L. E. (2007). Children’s photographic eyes: A view from developmental psychology. Visual Arts Research, 33, 71-83. Translated and reprinted in Cultuur + Educatie.

Szechter, L. E., & Liben, L. S. (2004). Parental guidance in preschoolers' understanding of spatial-graphic representations. Child Development, 75, 869-885.

Liben, L. S., & Szechter, L. E. (2002). A social science of the arts: An emerging organizational initiative and an illustrative investigation of photography. Qualitative Sociology, 25, 385-408.

Tanaka, J., Kay, J., Grinnell, E., Stansfield, B., & Szechter, L. (1998). Face recognition in young children: When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, Visual Cognition, 5, 479-496.

Dr. Szechter's Courses


  • Cognitive Development – PSYC 465
  • Educational Psychology – PSYC 320
  • Informal Learning and Schools – PSYC 662

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu