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Sept. 13, 2012

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima professor receives NIH research grant

Dr. Virginia Tompkins, assistant professor of psychology at The Ohio State University of Lima, recently received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her project "Theory of Mind Intervention in Low-Income Preschoolers." The first year of the grant is for $76,250 with an anticipated extension to a second year of research, bringing the total grant to $152,482.

Tompkins’ research focuses on social cognitive development in early childhood. She is particularly interested in language, literacy and theory of mind development. She started at Ohio State Lima in 2009 and teaches general psychology, introduction to life span developmental psychology, psychology of childhood, psychology of the adult years and research methods. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and her graduate degrees in developmental psychology at the University of Florida.

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