Meet Dr. Burgess

by Ramona Holland
October 31, 2019

For more than 25 years, Dr. Stewart Burgess has devoted his life to child development: researching, writing, teaching, designing curriculum, and engineering learning environments. It has always been his passion to foster child development and encourage positive experiences resulting in well adjusted, happy children.

Dr. Burgess is a developmental psychologist with an extensive career in early childhood learning with a strong emphasis on designing curriculum, innovative educational spaces, parent education, and faculty professional development in addition to his community outreach efforts centered on child development. While completing his master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, he was a member of the MacArthur-granted research team that created and normed the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories (MacArthur CDI), the first and foremost comprehensive standardized assessment of early language development. Dr. Burgess received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, where his primary research focus was on early intellectual skills, and where he was named a UC Board of Regents Dissertation Fellow for his research on the effects of emotion on memory in young children.

He is the co-author of Toddler Next Steps™, a book produced by Brilliant Beginnings which earned the National Parenting Seal of Approval and two Director’s Choice awards by Early Childhood News for outstanding quality in parenting and professional development materials. Dr. Burgess has been published in numerous highly regarded scholarly journals including Developmental Psychology and has presented at the most prestigious child development and education meetings.