Gabrielle F. Principe, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College. She was educated at Temple University, where she graduated with a major in psychology in 1990; and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1997. From 1999 to 2002, she was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. She joined the Ursinus College Psychology Department in 2002.
Dr. Principe is a developmental psychologist with research interests in memory development, focusing on the processes by which young children’s memories are formed, maintained, modified, and dissolved. Dr. Principe’s research is motivated both by basic questions about the development of memory and by applied issues surrounding children’s abilities to provide testimony in legal settings. Several diverse strands of research include the effects of rumors and other types of conversational interactions on memory, children’s understanding of the role that sensory experiences play in remembering, and children’s ability to identify the sources of their memories. Dr. Principe is the author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters on aspects of memory development, and the author of an upcoming book, Children’s Memory: Psychology and the Law (with Stephen J. Ceci and Maggie Bruck) published by Blackwell Scientific.