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Lauren Westerberg

Graduate Student

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Degree



  • M.S. 2021, Purdue University
  • B.A. 2018, Elon University

Graduate Advisor

David Purpura

Selected Publications

  • O’Rear, C. D., Zippert, E. L., Ehrman, P., Westerberg, L., Lonigan, C. J., & Purpura, D. J. (2023)."Use them or lose them: Are manipulatives necessary to assess numeracy and geometry performance in preschool?" Infant and Child Development, e2444.
  • Westerberg, L., Schmitt, S. A., Eason, S. H., & Purpura, D. J. (2022). Home science interactions and their relation to children's science core knowledge in preschool. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 222, 105473.
  • Ellis, A., Westerberg, L., King, Y., Eason, S. H., O’Rear, C. D., & Purpura, D. J. (2022). To home literacy and beyond: Discussing subdomains of the home learning environment. In A. L. Betts & K. P. Thai (Eds.), Handbook of research on innovative approaches to early childhood development and school readiness (pp. 212-241). IGI Global.
  • Westerberg, L., Litkowski, E., Finders, J. K., Gerde, H. K., Duncan, R. J., Schmitt, S. A., & Purpura, D. J. (2021). Concurrent predictors of science core knowledge in preschool. Cognitive Development, 57, 100981.
  • Westerberg, L. & Vandermaas-Peeler, M. (2021). How teachers, peers, and classroom materials support children’s inquiry in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool. Early Child Development and Care.