Robyn M. Holmes, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., Rutgers University
Office: Howard Hall, Room 140
Regularly Taught Courses:
PY103: Introduction to Psychology
PY203: Child Psychology
PY230: History of Psychology
PY321: Qualitative Methods
PY342: Children's Play and Culture
PY342L: Children's Play Thesis Laboratory
PY408: Cultural Psychology
PY491: Research IV: Thesis in Psychology
PR 428: Children's Folklore
My approach to teaching and research includes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches. I teach courses in the Psychology and History/Anthropology Departments as well as for Interdisciplinary Perspectives. My primary research area is children’s play and leisure. Recent explorations include cheating at games, mealtime play, recess, play and culture, and children’s folklore. I typically work with children in real life settings and my most recent geographic area is the Pacific Rim. I have published several books and numerous chapters and articles on topics on early childhood, play, and folklore.
Children’s play; play and culture; recess; children’s folklore; the Pacific Rim; early childhood curriculum and play
American Anthropological Association
Association for the Study of Play
Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher Award
Holmes, R. (1998). Fieldwork with children. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Holmes, R. (1995). How Young Children Perceive Race. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
(* indicates student co-author)
Holmes, R., Romeo, L., Ciraola, S.,* & Grushko, M.* (2015). The relationship between creativity, social play, and children's language abilities.
Early Child Development and Care, 185(7),
Holmes, R. (2015, October). Becoming Tongan and Playing on the Mother Ground in the Classroom.
Neos, 7(2), 10-11.
Holmes, R., Liden, S., & Shin, L. (2013). Adolescent perceptions of social media in a Pacific Rim community. Child Studies in Diverse Contexts, 3, 81-103.
Holmes, R. (2013). Children's play and culture. Scholarpedia, 8(6), 31016.
Holmes, R., & Romeo, L. (2013). Gender, play, language, and creativity in preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 83 (11), 1531-1543.
Holmes, R., Liden, S., & Shin, L. (2013). Children's thinking styles, play, and academic performance. American Journal of Play, 5, 219-238.
Holmes, R. (2012). Young children's table talk with peers in early childhood settings. Children's Folklore Review, 34, 41-60.
Holmes, R. (2012). Urban primary school children’s outdoor recess activities: Longitudinal and intra-period patterns. American Journal of Play, 4, 327-351.
Holmes, R. (2011). Adult caregiver attitudes and beliefs regarding play in Lana’i. American Journal of Play, 3, 424-452.
Holmes, R. (2011). “Do you like Doritos?”: Preschoolers’ table talk during lunchtime. Early Child Development and Care, 181, 413-424.
Holmes, R. (2016, March).
Creativity, Social Play, and Language Abilities
. Paper presented at the 2016 International Conference of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) and American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA/USA). New Brunswick, New Jersey