College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Sarah Berger
Associate Professor

Sarah Berger
Associate Professor

Office : Building 4S Room 221A
Phone : 718.982.4148
Fax : 718.982.4114
Please visit Dr. Berger's web page

Degrees :
PhD, New York University
MA, New York University
BA, University of Texas

Biography / Academic Interests :
Dr. Berger studies the development of infants' problem-solving skills in the context of locomotion. For example, she studies how infants learn to navigate around obstacles that stand between them and a goal. She uses infants' motor behaviors to gain insight into the development of inhibition and developmental trade-offs between cognition and action.  A second  research interest is the impact of social and contextual  factors on infants' locomotor development. These include the influence of older siblings on younger siblings' development, strategies that parents use to teach locomotor methods, and the opportunities for learning that constrain infant development. Please visit Dr. Berger’s web page,

Scholarship / Publications :
Fulbright Research Fellowship, CIES, 2010-11

Atun-Einy, O., Berger, S. E., & Scher, A. (in press). Pulling to Stand: Common trajectories and individual differences. Developmental Psychobiology.

Berger, S. E., Friedman, R., & Polis, M. C. (2011). The role of locomotor posture and experience on handedness and footedness in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development, 34(3), 472-480.

Adolph, K. E., Berger, S. E., & Leo, A. J. (2011). Developmental continuity? Crawling, cruising, and walking. Developmental Science, 14(2), 306-318.

Berger, S. E., Adolph, K. E., & Kavookjian, A. E. (2010). Bridging the gap: Solving spatial means-ends relations in a locomotor task. Child Development, 81(5), 1367-1375.

Berger, S. E. (2010). Locomotor expertise predicts infants’ perseverative errors. Developmental Psychology, 46(2), 326-336.

Berger, S. E., & Nuzzo, K. (2008). Older siblings influence younger siblings’ motor development. Infant and Child Development, 17(6), 607-615.

Berger, S. E., & Adolph, K. E. (2007). Learning and development in infant locomotion. C. von Hofsten & K. Rosander (Eds.), From Action to Cognition (pp. 237-255). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

Berger, S. E., Theuring, C. F., & Adolph, K. E. (2007). How and when infants learn to climb stairs. Infant Behavior and Development, 30(1), 36-49.