Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Professor Elaine Reese

Elaine Reese

Email ereese@psy.otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 8441

Professor Elaine Reese is the Education Domain Leader on a national birth cohort study, Growing Up in New Zealand. She has authored over 80 papers. She has served on the Children’s Action Plan, a government committee to help at-risk children. She has been a PI or co-PI on four Marsden grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

She has served as Editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development, and on the editorial boards of the journals Cognitive Development, Infant and Child Development, Reading Research Quarterly, and Memory Studies.

Elaine joined the Department in 1993. She has over 20 years of university teaching experience, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She coordinates the Master’s programme in the Department.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • The development of children’s autobiographical memory, language, and literacy
  • Social influences on children’s development

Find out more about Professor Reese's research interests

^ Top of page

Publications

Robertson, S.-J. L., & Reese, E. (2017). The very hungry caterpillar turned into a butterfly: Children’s and parents’ enjoyment of different book genres. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 17(1), 3-25. doi: 10.1177/1468798415598354

Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K. E., Mohal, J., Reese, E., Atatoa-Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Infant behavior questionnaire: Revised very short form: A new factor structure's associations with parenting perceptions and child language outcomes. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1287709

Peterson, E. R., Mohal, J., Waldie, K. E., Reese, E., Atatoa Carr, P., Grant, C. C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). A cross-cultural analysis of the infant behavior questionnaire very short form: An item response theory analysis of infant temperament in New Zealand. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1288128

Reese, E., Myftari, E., McAnally, H. M., Chen, Y., Neha, T., Wang, Q., Jack, F., & Robertson, S.-J. (2017). Telling the tale and living well: Adolescent narrative identity, personality traits, and well-being across cultures. Child Development, 88(2), 612-628. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12618

Jack, F., Friedman, W., Reese, E., & Zajac, R. (2016). Age-related differences in memory for time, temporal reconstruction, and the availability and use of temporal landmarks. Cognitive Development, 37, 53-66. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.12.003

Authored Book - Research

Reese, E. (2013). Tell me a story: Sharing stories to enrich your child's world. Oxford University Press, 241p.

^ Top of page

Edited Book - Research

Suggate, S., & Reese, E. (Eds.). (2012). Contemporary debates in childhood education and development. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 352p.

^ Top of page

Chapter in Book - Research

Reese, E. (2015). What good is a picturebook? Developing children's oral language and literacy through shared picturebook reading. In B. Kümmerling-Meibauer, J. Meibauer, K. Nachtigäller & K. J. Rohlfing (Eds.), Learning from picturebooks: Perspectives from child development and literacy studies. (pp. 194-208). Hove, UK: Routledge.

Reese, E. (2014). Taking the long way: Longitudinal approaches to autobiographical memory development. In P. J. Bauer & R. Fivush (Eds.), Wiley handbook on the development of children's memory. (pp. 972-995). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Reese, E. (2014). Practical tips for conducting longitudinal studies of memory development. In P. J. Bauer & R. Fivush (Eds.), Wiley handbook on the development of children's memory. (pp. 1044-1050). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Reese, E. (2013). Culture, narrative, and imagination. In M. Taylor (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the development of imagination. (pp. 196-211). Oxford University Press.

Reese, E., Sparks, A., & Suggate, S. (2012). Assessing children's narratives. In E. Hoff (Ed.), Research methods in child language: A practical guide. (pp. 133-148). Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Reese, E. (2012). The tyranny of shared book-reading. In S. Suggate & E. Reese (Eds.), Contemporary debates in childhood education and development. (pp. 59-68). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Reese, E., Yan, C., Jack, F., & Hayne, H. (2010). Emerging identities: Narrative and self from early childhood to early adolescence. In K. C. McLean & M. Pasupathi (Eds.), Narrative development in adolescence: Creating the storied self. (pp. 23-43). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-89825-4

Schaughency, E., & Reese, E. (2010). Connections between language and literacy development. In J. Low & P. Jose (Eds.), Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives. (2nd ed.) (pp. 59-71). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

Reese, E. (2009). The development of autobiographical memory: Origins and consequences. In P. Bauer (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior (Vol. 37). (pp. 145-200). The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/s0065-2407(09)03704-5

Bird, A., & Reese, E. (2008). Autobiographical memory in childhood and the development of a continuous self. In F. Sani (Ed.), Self continuity: Individual and collective perspectives. (pp. 43-54). NY: Psychology Press.

Reese, E., Newcombe, R., & Bird, A. (2006). The emergence of autobiographical memory: Cognitive, social, and emotional factors. In C. M. Fletcher-Flinn & G. M. Haberman (Eds.), Cognition and language: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 177-190). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

Reese, E., Cox, A., Harte, D., & McAnally, H. (2003). Diversity in adults' styles of reading books to children. In A. van Kleeck, S. A. Stahl & E. B. Bauer (Eds.), On reading books to children: Parents and teachers. (pp. 37-57). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Reese, E., & Farrant, K. (2003). Social origins of reminiscing. In R. Fivush & C. A. Haden (Eds.), Autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative self: Developmental and cultural perspectives. (pp. 29-48). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Fivush, R., & Reese, E. (2002). Reminiscing and relating: The development of parent-child talk about the past. In J. D. Webster & B. K. Haight (Eds.), Critical Advances in Reminiscence Work. (pp. 109-122). New York: Springer Publishing.

Reese, E. (2002). A model of the origins of autobiographical memory. In J. W. Fagen & H. Hayne (Eds.), Progress in Infancy Research (Vol. 2). (pp. 215-260). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Haden, C. A., Fivush, R., & Reese, J. E. (1998). Narrative development in social context. In A. Smorti (Ed.), Narrative Development. (pp. 133-152). Florence, Italy: Giunti.

Fivush, R., Pipe, M.-E., Murachver, T. S., & Reese, J. E. (1997). Events spoken and unspoken: implications of language and memory development for the recovered memory debate. In M. A. Conway (Ed.), Recovered Memories and False Memories. (pp. 34-62). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

^ Top of page

Chapter in Book - Other

Reese, E. (2006). Foreword. In J. Low & P. Jose (Eds.), Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives. (pp. v). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education.

^ Top of page

Journal - Research Article

Robertson, S.-J. L., & Reese, E. (2017). The very hungry caterpillar turned into a butterfly: Children’s and parents’ enjoyment of different book genres. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 17(1), 3-25. doi: 10.1177/1468798415598354

Reese, E., Myftari, E., McAnally, H. M., Chen, Y., Neha, T., Wang, Q., Jack, F., & Robertson, S.-J. (2017). Telling the tale and living well: Adolescent narrative identity, personality traits, and well-being across cultures. Child Development, 88(2), 612-628. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12618

Peterson, E. R., Mohal, J., Waldie, K. E., Reese, E., Atatoa Carr, P., Grant, C. C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). A cross-cultural analysis of the infant behavior questionnaire very short form: An item response theory analysis of infant temperament in New Zealand. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1288128

Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K. E., Mohal, J., Reese, E., Atatoa-Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Infant behavior questionnaire: Revised very short form: A new factor structure's associations with parenting perceptions and child language outcomes. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1287709

Jack, F., Friedman, W., Reese, E., & Zajac, R. (2016). Age-related differences in memory for time, temporal reconstruction, and the availability and use of temporal landmarks. Cognitive Development, 37, 53-66. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.12.003

Salmon, K., & Reese, E. (2016). The benefits of reminiscing with young children. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25(4), 233-238. doi: 10.1177/0963721416655100

Salmon, K., O'Kearney, R., Reese, E., & Fortune, C.-A. (2016). The role of language skill in child psychopathology: Implications for intervention in the early years. Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review, 19(4), 352-367. doi: 10.1007/s10567-016-0214-1

Bird, A. L., Reese, E., Taumoepeau, M., Schmidt, J., Mohal, J., Grant, C., … Morton, S. (2016). “You are our eyes and ears”: A new tool for observing parent-child interactions in large samples. Longitudinal & Life Course Studies, 7(4), 386-408. doi: 10.14301/llcs.v7i4.381

Reese, E., Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K., Schmidt, J., Bandara, D., Atatoa Carr, P., … Morton, S. M. B. (2016). High Hopes? Educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic differences in parents' aspirations for their unborn children. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 25(12), 3657-3674. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0521-7

Schaughency, E., Riordan, J., Das, S., Carroll, J., & Reese, E. (2016). Embracing the principle of ako: Growing partnerships between parents, early childhood educators and researchers. Early Childhood Folio, 20(2), 31-36. doi: 10.18296/ecf.0028

Artioli, F., Reese, E., & Hayne, H. (2015). Benchmarking the past: Children's early memories and maternal reminiscing as a function of family structure. Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition, 4(2), 136-143. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2015.04.002

Reese, E., & Neha, T. (2015). Let's kōrero (talk): The practice and functions of reminiscing among mothers and children in Māori families. Memory, 23(1), 99-110. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2014.929705

Habermas, T., & Reese, E. (2015). Getting a life takes time: The development of the life story in adolescence, its precursors and consequences. Human Development, 58(3), 172-201. doi: 10.1159/000437245

Reese, E., Robertson, S.-J., Divers, S., & Schaughency, E. (2015). Does the brown banana have a beak? Preschool children’s phonological awareness as a function of parents’ talk about speech sounds. First Language, 35(1), 54-67. doi: 10.1177/0142723714566336

Salmon, K., & Reese, E. (2015). Talking (or not talking) about the past: The influence of parent–child conversation about negative experiences on children's memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29(6), 791-801. doi: 10.1002/acp.3186

Reese, E., Ballard, E., Taumoefolau, M., Morton, S. B., Grant, C., Atatoa-Carr, P., … Perese, L. (2015). Estimating language skills in Samoan- and Tongan-speaking children growing up in New Zealand. First Language, 35(4-5), 407-427. doi: 10.1177/0142723715596099

Taumoepeau, M., & Reese, E. (2014). Understanding the self through siblings: Self-awareness mediates the sibling effect on social understanding. Social Development, 23(1), 1-18. doi: 10.1111/sode.12035

Artioli, F., & Reese, E. (2014). Early memories in young adults from separated and non-separated families. Memory, 22(8), 1082-1102. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2013.868907

Reese, E., Chen, Y., McAnally, H. M., Myftari, E., Neha, T., Wang, Q., & Jack, F. (2014). Narratives and traits in personality development among New Zealand Māori, Chinese, and European adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 37(5), 727-737. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.02.005

Suggate, S., Reese, E., Lenhard, W., & Schneider, W. (2014). The relative contributions of vocabulary, decoding, and phonemic awareness to word reading in English versus German. Reading & Writing, 27(8), 1395-1412. doi: 10.1007/s11145-014-9498-z

Suggate, S. P., Schaughency, E. A., & Reese, E. (2013). Children learning to read later catch up to children reading earlier. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28(1), 33-48. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2012.04.004

Morton, S. M. B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C., Robinson, E. M., Bandara, D. K., Bird, A., Ivory, V. C., … Reese, E., … Wall, C. (2013). Cohort profile: Growing up in New Zealand. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42(1), 65-75. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr206

Taumoepeau, M., & Reese, E. (2013). Maternal reminiscing, elaborative talk, and children's theory of mind: An intervention study. First Language, 33(4), 388-410. doi: 10.1177/0142723713493347

Sparks, A., & Reese, E. (2013). From reminiscing to reading: Home contributions to children's developing language and literacy in low-income families. First Language, 33(1), 89-109. doi: 10.1177/0142723711433583

Chen, Y., McAnally, H. M., & Reese, E. (2013). Development in the organization of episodic memories in middle childhood and adolescence. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 84. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00084

Leyva, D., Sparks, A., & Reese, E. (2012). The link between preschoolers’ phonological awareness and mothers’ book-reading and reminiscing practices in low-income families. Journal of Literacy Research, 44(4), 426-447. doi: 10.1177/1086296x12460040

Artioli, F., Cicogna, P. C., Occhionero, M., & Reese, E. (2012). "The people I grew up with": The role of sociodemographic factors in early memories in an Italian sample. Memory, 20(2), 189-197. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2011.651090

Leyva, D., Reese, E., & Wiser, M. (2012). Early understanding of the functions of print: Parent—child interaction and preschoolers' notating skills. First Language, 32(3), 301-323. doi: 10.1177/0142723711410793

Chen, Y., McAnally, H. M., Wang, Q., & Reese, E. (2012). The coherence of critical event narratives and adolescents' psychological functioning. Memory, 20(7), 667-681. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2012.693934

Friedman, W. J., Reese, E., & Dai, X. (2011). Children's memory for the times of events from the past years. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 156-165. doi: 10.1002/acp.1656

More publications...