• Associate Professor Irina Verenikina
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Wollongong

Associate Professor Irina Verenikina’s expertise is in the field of sociocultural psychology and digital technologies, including digital play, social interaction and developmentally sound designs for digital applications for young children. Irina is a leader in an international community of researchers who apply sociocultural psychology to educational research in various disciplines. Irina will contribute to the Educated Child program, lending her expertise to projects related to adult-young child interactions mediated using digital technologies. She hopes her work in the Centre will allow children to become increasingly free to create their own play in a digital space.

Irina’s recent research relates to the areas of young children and digital technologies, including ARC Discovery Projects project examined the role of tablet technologies in the development of imaginative play of young children and quality in adult-child interactions during digital experiences. Irina is widely published in the field, including co-authoring recent papers on digital play and learning in the home from families’ perspectives and exploring young children’s views on apps designed for preschoolers.

Earliest digital memory
Working as a research leader on a Russian-American project in which we used one of the first models of Macintosh computer. The project was about young children and computer games in education, and I have been working in this area since.