Michelle Leichtman

Phone: (603) 862-3806
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 440, Durham, NH 03824
Michelle Leichtman


  • Ph.D., Developmental&Child Psychology, Cornell University
  • M.A., Developmental&Child Psychology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College

Research Interests

  • Developmental psychology, focusing on memory development in educational and cultural contexts

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 502: Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 785: Social Development
  • PSYC 797: Senior Honors Tutorial
  • PSYC 894: Advanced Research
  • PSYC 901: Graduate Pro-seminar
  • PSYC 902: Graduate Pro-seminar
  • PSYC 982: Adv Sem/Developmental Psych
  • PSYC 992: Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology
  • PSYC 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Camilleri, K. A., Leichtman, M. D., & Pillemer, D. B. (2021). What do you remember about Captain Jon’s visit?: Parent–child conversations and children’s memory for a science lesson. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 207, 105104. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105104

Leichtman, M. D., Steiner, K. L., Camilleri, K. A., Pillemer, D. B., & Thomsen, D. K. (2019). What happened in kindergarten? Mother-child conversations about life story chapters. Memory, 27(1), 49-62. doi:10.1080/09658211.2018.1483515

Bemis, R. H., & Leichtman, M. D. (2019). That was last time! The effect of a delay on children's episodic memories of learning new facts. Infant and Child Development, 28(1), e2113. doi:10.1002/icd.2113

Sahin-Acar, B., & Leichtman, M. D. (2018). Studying Mother–Child Conversations at Home in Three Cultures: Western Turkey, Eastern Turkey, and the United States. doi:10.4135/9781526449603

Leichtman, M. D., Camilleri, K. A., Pillemer, D. B., Amato-Wierda, C. C., Hogan, J. E., & Dongo, M. D. (2017). Talking after school: Parents’ conversational styles and children’s memory for a science lesson. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 156, 1-15. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2016.11.002

Wang, Q., & Leichtman, M. D. (2000). Same Beginnings, Different Stories: A Comparison of American and Chinese Children's Narratives. Child Development, 71(5), 1329-1346. doi:10.1111/1467-8624.00231

Wang, Q., Leichtman, M. D., & Davies, K. I. (2000). Sharing memories and telling stories: American and Chinese mothers and their 3-year-olds. Memory, 8(3), 159-177. doi:10.1080/096582100387588

Leichtman, M. D., & Ceci, S. J. (1995). The effects of stereotypes and suggestions on preschoolers' reports.. Developmental Psychology, 31(4), 568-578. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.31.4.568

Ceci, S. J., Loftus, E. F., Leichtman, M. D., & Bruck, M. (1994). The Possible Role of Source Misattributions in the Creation of False Beliefs Among Preschoolers. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 42(4), 304-320. doi:10.1080/00207149408409361

Han, J. J., Leichtman, M. D., & Wang, Q. (n.d.). Autobiographical memory in Korean, Chinese, and American children.. Developmental Psychology, 34(4), 701-713. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.34.4.701

Most Cited Publications