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Sharon Nelson-Le Gall

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

My general area of interest is social-cognitive and personality development in the preschool through pre-adolescent years.Specific interests concern: Development of notions of personal and social causality; help-seeking and achievement motivation in normal and atypical populations of children; peer relations in middle childhood and early adolescence; socialization of social and intellectual competence; social/contextual influences on adult-child and peer instructional interactions; cultural contributions to the developmental resiliency of Black children and racial minority groups who grow up experiencing social inequalities in the United States.

Jones, E. F., & Nelson-Le Gall, S. (2009). Black children's judgments of in-group and out-group students' academic achievement, motivation, and behavior. The Negro Educational Review, 60, 53-69.

Nelson-Le Gall, S. (2006). Peer acceptance and black children's help seeking in school. The Negro Educational Review, 57(1), 5-13.

Quintana, S., Aboud, F., Chao, R., Contreras-Grau, J., Cross, W., Hudley, C., Hughes, D., Liben, L., Nelson-Le Gall, S., & Vietze, D. (2006).Race, ethnicity, and culture in child development: Contemporary research and future directions. Child Development: Special issue on race, ethnicity, and culture in child development, 77(5), 1129-1141.

AERA sponsored participation in the 1996 Institute on Statistical Analysis for Educational Policy


W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Lecturer


Graduate College and University Center, City University of New York

Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Society) elected to membership


NIMH Family Research Consortium, Summer Post-doctoral Fellow


Rockefeller Foundation, Post-doctoral Research Fellow


Outstanding Young Women of America


Foundation for Child Development, Young Scholar in Social and Affective Development


National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Pre-doctoral Fellow


Ford National Fellowships Fund Fellowship, Pre-doctoral Fellow