David Pillemer

Phone: (603) 862-2127
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 442, Durham, NH 03824
David Pillemer

David B. Pillemer is the Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, where he is also a senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Previously, he was the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College. Pillemer’s research specialty is autobiographical memory across the life span. He has studied memory development in children, “flashbulb” memories of momentous events, memories of educational experiences, memory and self-esteem, older adults’ memories of salient life events, and gender and cultural differences in memory performance. He is the author or editor of several books, including Momentous Events, Vivid Memories and Summing Up: The Science of Reviewing Research, both published by Harvard University Press, and Developmental Psychology and Social Change, published by Cambridge University Press.


  • Ed.D., Human Development&Family Study, Harvard University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Development of autobiographical memory across the lifespan

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 797: Senior Honors Tutorial
  • PSYC 982: Adv Sem/Developmental Psych
  • PSYC 992: Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology

Selected Publications

Steiner, K. L., & Pillemer, D. B. (2018). Development of the Life Story in Early Adolescence. JOURNAL OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE, 38(2), 125-138. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Pillemer, D. B. (2003). Directive functions of autobiographical memory: The guiding power of the specific episode. MEMORY, 11(2), 193-202. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/