Dr. Ross A. Thompson

University of California, Davis

Dr. Ross A. Thompson is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis.  A developmental psychologist, he studies early parent-child relationships, the development of emotion understanding and emotion regulation, conscience development, and the growth of self-understanding in young children. He also works on the applications of developmental science to public policy concerns, including school readiness and its development, early childhood investments, and early mental health.  He is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors of ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit devoted to the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families, especially those at risk.  He was a member of the National Research Council committee that produced the report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development (2000), and a second NRC committee that released Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 (2015).  Thompson received the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society in 2018, the University of California, Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2011, and the Ann Brown Award for Excellence in Developmental Research in 2007.