Renee Carrico Associate Professor of Psychology

Renee Carrico


M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise:

Cognitive and perceptual-motor development
Development of representation and attention
Children’s media literacy and interactions with media devices
Developmental resilience in contexts of adverse life circumstances

Courses I Teach:

Child Development
Children and Media
Research Methods in Psychology
The Thinking Child
My Saint Michael’s:
One of the aspects I appreciate most about teaching at Saint Michael’s is that its small size and community atmosphere support making meaningful personal connections with students, both in and out of the classroom.


My research focuses on the cognitive and perceptual-motor development of infants and young children, and how children use their knowledge and perceptions to guide their actions in the world.

Recent Publications:

Carrico, R.L. (2013). Attention and multi-step problem solving in two year-old children. Journal of Cognition and Development

Berthier, N.E., & Carrico, R.L. (2010). Visual information and object size in infant reaching. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 555-566.

Carrico, R.L., & Berthier, N.E. (2008). Vision and precision reaching in 15 month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 62-70.


Life Off Campus:

I live in the marvelous swirl of chaos generated by my three sparkling and busy young children. In my imaginary life, luxuriously brimming with free time, I’m an avid quilter and a casual knitter, equal parts outdoorsy nature lover and indoor bookish tech geek.

Recent News

Renee Carrico of the psychology faculty was awarded the major faculty award for service during the Academic Convocation in September 2022.
(posted February 2023)

Renee Carrico, associate professor of psychology, was interviewed extensively this past summer by Burlington Free Press reporter Dan D’Ambrosio for an article appearing in the July 3 issue of that paper exploring the effects of smart phones on kids and their active recreation time these days, in light of the recent closing of a local skate park that was in the news.
(posted January 2019)

Renee Carrico, chair and associate professor of psychology, gave the keynote address, “Understanding Resilience: Fostering the ‘Ordinary Magic’ of Development” at the statewide Vermont Department of Children and Families training conference, “Zero-to-Six: Applying the Developmental Perspective to Achieving Safety for our Most Vulnerable Children.” (March 31-April 1, 2015)
(posted April 2015)