Danielle L. Mead

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Assistant Professor
Child and Adolescent Development
MA Program Coordinator
ChAD Club Faculty Advisor


Preferred: danielle.mead@sjsu.edu


Preferred: 408-924-2232

Office Hours

Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment (via Zoom)


PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology, 2015, George Mason University

MA in Applied Developmental Psychology, 2013, George Mason University

BS in Psychology, 2007, University of Mary Washington


Danielle Mead, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University. She received her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology at George Mason University. Her research examines language use in young children, including narrative storytelling, crib speech, private speech, bilingualism, and early gesture use. She is also interested in special populations such as autism spectrum disorders and at-risk, ethnically-diverse children. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Pediatric and Developmental Neuroscience Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She was an instructor at GMU and the managing editor for the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Prior to beginning the PhD program, she worked in the DC metropolitan area on research projects at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, and NIMH.

Courses Taught

ChAD 60: Child Development

ChAD 101: Research Methods

ChAD 150: Development of Communicative Competence

ChAD 173: Critical Issues in Infant/Toddler Development

ChAD 260A: Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development: Research

ChAD 270: Seminar in Cognitive and Language Development