Elena Grigorenko, PhD

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko received her Ph.D. in general psychology from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1990, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University, United States, in 1996. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. She has received awards for her work from five different divisions of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 7, 10, 15, and 24). She also won the APA Distinguished Award for Early Career Contribution to Developmental Psychology and the AERA Sylvia Scribner Award for research representing significant advancement in the understanding of learning and instruction. Dr. Grigorenko has worked with children and their families in the United States as well as in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, the Gambia, and Zambia), India, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Her research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, NIJ, DOE, and other federal and private sponsoring organizations.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1996)
PhD Moscow State University (1990)


  • Zambia, disabilities Zambia (2010)

    Reading Disabilities in Zambian children

  • Russia, developmental disorders Russia (2010)

    Genetic Bases of Developmental Language Disorders

  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2010)

    Etiological Bases of Giftedness

  • Education Quality for All Ghana (2008)

    This was a large-scale project designed to evaluate types and quantities of children with special educational needs both in and out of school in Ghana, as well as to assist in developing policies for providing services for these children. The project has been completed.

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Contact Info

Elena Grigorenko, PhD
Mailing Address
Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae