Sarah L. Friedman

Sarah Friedman
Research Professor
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
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Dr. Friedman is a developmental psychologist with MA degree from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the George Washington University and post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health.  Her past scientific papers and edited books address a wide range of topics including (a) the effects of preterm birth on cognitive, educational and social development of children; (b) the interface of brain, cognition and education; (c) the development of planning skills; (d) longitudinal follow-up research strategies; (e) environmental influences on psychological development; and (f) child care and children’s psychological and health development. From September of 2009 to the end of April of 2013, she was the Principal Investigator for the Legacy for Children Follow-up, a contract awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From April 2006 through June of 2008, she was the Director of the Appalachian Regional Educational Laboratory that is supported through a contract from the Institute of Education Sciences. In that role, she oversaw the conduct of rigorous applied educational research, experimental evaluations of educational interventions and technical assistance to state and local education agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. From 1989 through March 2006 Dr. Friedman served as the NICHD scientific manager and one of the architects and primary investigators of a multi-site, collaborative longitudinal research project on the development of social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and health development of children from birth through adolescence (The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development). Dr. Friedman’s current research on distance communication between deployed parents and their military connected children and families is informed by two conferences she organized in 2011 and 2012 and by her extensive past research.  She is working primarily with Dr. Sigelman on publications based on a recent study they conducted. Dr. Friedman has authored well over 100 publications.


Ph.D. 1975, The George Washington University