Junlei Li Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame
About Junlei Li Ph.D.
My Work
Enriching interactions with another human being is the most important ingredient in a child’s development. Promoting a connected community should be the overarching aim of social advocacy on behalf of children. Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments.These are the simple lessons I am learning and using from Pittsburgh’s urban classrooms to China’s orphanages, in creating digital tools and evaluating social service programs, in teaching students and developing practitioners. I believe sustained partnership across disciplines, professions, and institutions can make sense and use of research knowledge in service of children.Fred Rogers once said to a young MTV reporter, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex. Spread the word.” That’s what I hope to do.Please contact me for undergraduate and graduate research opportunities available in our “Incubator 143” R&D Lab housed in the Fred Rogers Center.

Currently Directing Academic Programs

Children’s Studies Minor

Fred Rogers Scholars Program

Research and Development Lab Incubator 143 at the Fred Rogers Center
Email junlei.li@stvincent.edu
Phone 724-805-2234
Office Location
Fred Rogers Center 216
  • Li, J. & Julian, M. (2012). Developmental relationships as the active ingredient: a working hypothesis of "what works" across intervention settings. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 82, no. 2, 157-166
  • Groark, C., McCall, B., & Li, J. (2010). Characterizing the status and progress of a country's child welfare reform. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, 2010 (4).
  • Li, J., Zeng, F., McCall, B., & Groark, C. (2009). Caring for orphans with disabilities: An synthesis of evidence based on China's emerging success and research around the world. China Social Welfare, 2009 (12).
  • Li, J. (2015). The flu shot theory of change. Fred Rogers Center. Retrieved http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/2015/11/19/simple-interactions-the-flu-shot-theory-of-change/
  • Li, J. (2015). The toothpaste theory of child development. Fred Rogers Center. Retrieved http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/2015/04/06/the-toothpaste-theory-of-child-development/
  • Li, J. & Robb, M. (2014). What does children's obsession with technology tell us. Retrieved http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/2014/11/11/childrens-obsession-technology-tell-us/
  • Li, J. (2013). The willingness to fail. Fred Rogers Center Blog. Retrieved from http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/blog/the-willingness-to-fail/
  • Li, J. (2012). The tail wagging the dog: using technology in children’s learning. Remaking Learning: Blog of the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network. Retrieved from http://remakelearning.org/blog/2012/08/30/guest-junlei-li/
Related Publications
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article on Dr. Li's Course "What Would Fred Rogers Do" http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/03/27/The-radical-legacy-of-television-s-Mister-Rogers/stories/201602170201
  • Pittsburgh NPR Station WESA Interview http://wesa.fm/post/counterculture-approach-fred-rogers
  • Making Goodness Attractive http://www.ocd.pitt.edu/PDF/Backgrounders/133%20COMMUNICATE.pdf
  • Noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary: a tale of one classroom http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/everydayclassroominteractions073113.aspx
  • Promoting Effort and Persistence in Children http://www.ocd.pitt.edu/PDF/Backgrounders/125%20DARE.pdf
  • The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning and Growing Possible http://remakelearning.org/blog/2016/01/06/the-simple-human-interactions-that-make-learning-possible/