Marc H. Bornstein

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Marc H. Bornstein (born in 1947)[1] is the senior investigator and head of child and family research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


He holds a BA from Columbia College and MS/PhD degrees from Yale University.


Bornstein was a J. S. Guggenheim Foundation fellow, and he received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He also received the C. S. Ford Cross-Cultural Research Award from the Human Relations Area Files, the B. R. McCandless Young Scientist Award and the G. Stanley Hall Award from the American Psychological Association, a United States PHS Superior Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, two Japan Society for the Promotion of Science awards, four awards for excellence from the American Mensa Education & Research Foundation, the Arnold Gesell Prize from the Theodor Hellbrügge Foundation, an award of merit from the National Institutes of Health, the Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development Society for Research in Child Development, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Padua. Bornstein is President-elect of the Society for Research in Child Development. Bornstein is also recognized as one of the originators of the signature block.


Bornstein has held faculty positions at Princeton University and New York University as well as academic appointments as visiting scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Psychiatrie in Munich, visiting fellow at University College London, professeur invité at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale at the Université René Descartes in Paris, asesor científico honorario adjunto, Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, child clinical fellow at the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York, visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, professeur invité at the Laboratoire de Psychologie du Développement et de l'Éducation de l'Enfant at the Sorbonne in Paris, visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society, visiting scientist at the Human Development Resource Centre, Bamenda, Cameroon, visiting scholar, Institute of Psychology, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, visiting professor, Faculty of Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy, profesor visitante, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, UK, Jacobs Foundation Scholar-in-Residence, and Honorary Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University.

Bornstein was on the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development and the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infancy Studies. He was named to the Top 20 Authors for Productivity in Developmental Science by the American Educational Research Association.


Bornstein is coauthor of Development in Infancy (5 editions), Development: Infancy through Adolescence, Lifespan Development, Perceiving Similarity and Comprehending Metaphor and Gender in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He is general editor of The Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology Series, including Psychological Development from Infancy, Comparative Methods in Psychology, Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines (Vols. I-III), Sensitive Periods in Development, Interaction in Human Development, Cultural Approaches to Parenting, Child Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Well-Being: Positive Development Across the Life Course, and he is general editor of the Monographs in Parenting series, including Socioeconomic Status, Parenting, and Child Development, and Acculturation and Parent-Child Relationships. He edited Maternal Responsiveness: Characteristics and Consequences, the Handbook of Parenting (Vols. I-V, 2 editions), and The Handbook of Cultural Developmental Science (Parts 1 & 2), and has coedited Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook (7 editions), Stability and Continuity in Mental Development, Contemporary Constructions of the Child, Early Child Development in the French Tradition, The Role of Play in the Development of Thought, Acculturation and Parent-Child Relationships, Immigrant Families in Contemporary Society, Ecological Settings and Processes in Developmental Systems. Volume 4 of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.

He is author of or consultant on several children's books, videos, and puzzles in The Child's World and Baby Explorer series. Bornstein has administered both federal and foundation grants, sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals, is a member of scholarly societies in a variety of disciplines, and consults for governments, foundations, universities, publishers, scientific journals, the media, and UNICEF. Bornstein is editor emeritus of Child Development and founding editor of Parenting: Science and Practice. His has published in experimental, methodological, comparative, developmental, and cultural science as well as neuroscience, pediatrics, and aesthetics.

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Personal life[edit]

Bornstein is married with two children, Lea and Jonathan Bornstein. Bornstein is a painter.


  1. ^ Sheehy, Noel; Chapman, Antony J.; Conroy, Wendy A. (2002). Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. Retrieved 2015-06-14.