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

Materials for Multiple Linear Regression Project using CHILDES (SRCD 2023)


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.