Dr. Ashley Pinkham

Ashley Pinkham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Old Main 432C
Phone: 806-651-2592

Professional Profile

Dr. Pinkham joined the College of Education and Social Science in 2014. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 2003, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Prior to coming to West Texas A&M University, Dr. Pinkham served as a Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Pinkham teaches the developmental psychology courses in the psychology program, such as Child Development, Lifespan Growth and Development, and the Seminar in Human Development. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society for Research in Child Development, Cognitive Development Society, and International Society on Infant Studies. Dr. Pinkham also serves as a regular reviewer for a number of academic research journals.

Research and Creative Activity 

Dr. Pinkham’s research focuses on supporting low-income children’s language acquisition and literacy development. She is particularly interested in the extent to which broadening young children’s general knowledgebase can help support their oral language and reading skills. Her work is conducted in collaboration with researchers at a number of universities, including New York University, University of Virginia, Lakehead University, and Providence College.

Dr. Pinkham has received multi-year support for her research from the Institute of Education Sciences. She has published her research in leading peer-reviewed journals and served as the co-editor of the book Knowledge Development in Early Childhood.