University of California, Irvine 4548 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Irvine, CA 92697
Dr. Klemfuss’s research focuses on how children remember and report about their past experiences. She is particularly interested in how social contextual factors and children’s cognitive abilities separately and jointly impact the accuracy and content of their event narratives. This work is firmly rooted in cognitive and social developmental theory and has direct societal application, for example, in legal settings where a child’s memory report may be deciding evidence in a case. She has published in top academic journals including Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Review, and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, as well as in books and online resources. Her work is supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Key Research Areas:
Narrative development, Children’s autobiographical memory, Sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being, Children’s eyewitness abilities