2022 Senior Investigator Award Winner, David J. Lewkowicz, PhD

David J. Lewkowicz is currently Senior Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories and Professor Adjunct in the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale Department of Psychology.

Dr. Lewkowicz obtained his BA at Brandeis University where he studied psychology and where he completed an honors thesis on the sex behavior of octopus with Dr. Jerome Wodinsky. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biopsychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York with Gerald Turkewitz where he conducted research on the development of multisensory perception in human infants. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York with Dr. Susan Rose where he continued his studies of multisensory perception in human infants. Because of his abiding interest in the developmental process, Dr. Lewkowicz has always felt that ISDP was his primary intellectual home.

Dr. Lewkowicz began his career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Vassar College, then spent over 20 years as a Research Scientist first at the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities in Chicago and then at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities on Staten Island, New York. He then took a position as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University and the Center for Complex Systems, followed by a position as Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northeastern University in Boston. In 2014 Dr. Lewkowicz moved to his current position at Haskins/Yale.

Dr. Lewkowicz served as President of the International Congress on Infant Studies, and is an elected Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. His research, which has been funded over the years by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, has focused on perceptual and cognitive development in human infants and young children with a focus on the development of sequence and statistical learning as well as the development of multisensory processing and attention, the effects of early experience on multisensory processing, and the contribution that multisensory processing and early experience make to the development of speech and language in typical and atypical developing populations.