Psychology Graduate Students

Elizabeth Jessica Goldman

Research Interests

Early Childhood Development Lab  

My work focuses on how infants and young children develop and understand the physical world. 

Research Interests: Child-robot interactions, children's understanding of helping behavior, & how children share/allocate resources  

Biography, Education and Training

I am a developmental psychologist who works in the Early Childhood Development Lab under the direction of Dr. Su-hua Wang. My research has two main veins: 

1.  Children's understanding of prosocial behavior: helping, sharing, fairness 

2. Children's interactions with technology, particularly robotic toys, conversational voice interfaces (e.g., Siri, Alexa) & learning through games on tablets 

My dissertation research focuses on how famlies make menaing out of their interactions with technological devices. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2020 Grad Slam Finalist 
  • 2020 Google Women Techmakers Scholar 

Selected Publications

Antovich, D., Gluck, S., Goldman, E. J., & Graf-Estes, K. (2019). Specificity of representations in infants’ visual statistical learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 


Goldman, E. J., & Wang, S., (2019). Comparison Facilitates the Use of Height Information by 5-Month-Olds in Containment Events. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication.


Wang, S., & Goldman, E. J. (2016). Infants actively construct and update their representations  of physical events: Evidence from change detection by 12-month-olds. Child Development Research, 2016, 1-11. DOI: 10.1155/2016/3102481

Teaching Interests


Instructor of Record (University of California, Santa Cruz) 

Developmental Psychology (Summer 2021)

Social and Emotional Development (Winter 2021)

Introduction to Psychology (Summer 2020)


 Teaching Assistant (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Developmental Psychology 

Research Methods 

Social and Emotional Development 

Developmental Psychopathology 

Health Psychology 

Clinical Psychology 

Abnormal Psychology 


Teaching Certicicates through CITL (Center for Innovation and Learning) 

2021    Teaching Certificate in Writing Pedagogy 

2020    Teaching Certificate in Course Design and Delivery 

2019    Teaching Certificate in Inclusive Teaching