Founding Donor: Dr. Laura E. Berk
Illinois Art Station was founded through a generous gift from Dr. Laura E. Berk, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University. We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Berk, as IAS would not be possible without her generous contributions, creative vision, and continued support.
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology emerita at Illinois State University, where she taught child and lifespan development for over three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in early childhood development and education from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia. Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the developmental significance of children’s private speech, and the role of make-believe play in the development of children’s self-regulation. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers’ Digest, and has contributed to Psychology Today and Scientific American.