Location: Bowdoin / Katherine O'Doherty


Katherine O'Doherty

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.

Katherine O'Doherty - Bowdoin College


  • B.A. Notre Dame
  • M.S., Ph.D. Vanderbilt

My research examines how young children learn from one-on-one social interaction as compared to indirect social experiences such as overhearing a conversation or watching people on television. I am currently conducting a study on how young children learn pro-social skills (e.g., sharing) from television. 

Strouse, G. A., O’Doherty, K., & Troseth, G. L. (2013). Effective co-viewing: Preschoolers’ learning from video after a dialogic questioning intervention. Developmental Psychology. Doi: 10.1037/a0032463

Troseth, G. L., O’Doherty, K., & Strouse, G. A. (2013). Trusting the tube: New information about an established technology. Zero to Three, 33, 25-30.

O’Doherty, K., Troseth, G. L., Shimpi, P.M., Goldenberg, E., Akhtar, N., & Saylor, M.M. (2011). Third party social interaction and word learning from video. Child Development, 82, 902-915.

DeLoache, J.S., Chiong, C., Vanderborght, M., Sherman, K., Islam, N., Troseth, G.L., Strouse, G.A., O’Doherty, K. (2010). Do Babies Learn from Baby Media? Psychological Science, 21, 1570-1574.

Troseth, G.L., Strouse, G.A., Verdine, B.N., & O’Doherty, K. (2010). Do very young children learn from video? Revista Irice, Número Monográfico: Representaciones Externas (Special Issue: External Representations), 21, 13-26.

Uttal, D., O’Doherty, K., Newland, R., Liu Hand, L., DeLoache, J. (2009). Dual representation and the linking of concrete and symbolic representations: I link therefore I am good at mathematics. Child Development Perspectives, 3, 156-159.

Uttal, D. H., & O'Doherty, K. (2008). Comprehending and learning from 'visualizations': A developmental perspective. In J.K. Gilbert, M. Reiner, & M. Nakhleh (Eds.) Models and Modeling in Science Education: Vol. 3. Visualization: Theory and practice in science education (pp. 53-72). The Netherlands: Springer.

The Hardy Culver Wilcoxon Award for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

The Susan Gray Award for excellence in scholarly writing, the Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Teaching Certificate Recipient, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

2008, 2009
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention

Vanderbilt University Learning Sciences Institute Fellowship