Derek Montgomery

Derek Montgomery


    Bradley Hall 83
    (309) 677-2590


Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Florida


Dr. Derek Montgomery received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation at Florida earned the APA Division 7 Dissertation Award. He has been at Bradley since 1993. 


Courses taught by Dr. Montgomery include Principles of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Cognitive Development.


Dr. Montgomery’s research addresses the influence of language on young children’s understanding of the thoughts and feelings of themselves and others.

Student research assistants gain experience testing and assessing young children, developing testing material, coding and interpreting data, reading pertinent research literature, and presenting research at conferences.  Dr. Montgomery’s students have pursued master’s and doctoral degrees across a range of disciplines and professions. These areas of school psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive science, medical school, social psychology, sport psychology, epidemiology, and legal psychology.

Recent Publications:

Tompkins, V., Farrar, M. J., & Montgomery, D. E. (2019). Speaking your mind: Language and narrative in young children's theory of mind development. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 56, 109-140.

Tompkins, V., Montgomery, D. E., & Blosser, M. K. (2021). Mother-child talk about mental states: The what, who, and how of conversations about the mind. Social Development, 1– 22.

Montgomery, D. E. (2022). Language and children's understanding of knowledge: Epistemic talk in early childhood. Mind & Language.


Dr. Montgomery serves on several college and university committees.   He also serves his discipline by reviewing manuscripts for many developmental psychology journals.