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Julie Comay

Tel: (416) 934-4517
Email: j.comay@utoronto.ca

Julie Comay is a Teacher/Researcher at the Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, University of Toronto. Her current areas of interest include children’s theory of mind, narrative development, early literacy, play, and early mathematics development. She is also interested in working with teachers to explore more effective ways of applying developmental research in designing classroom curricula. The bulk of her research has focused on the developmental relations among language, theory of mind and narrative skill. For several years, she has been part of a longitudinal research study (with Mary Thelander) investigating the impact of a story-based curriculum on children’s language and theory-of-mind development. She has recently become involved with the Math for Young Children initiative, a research partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education aiming to enhance mathematics education in early years classrooms.

Representative Research Presentations

Peskin, J., Prusky, C., and Comay, J. The role of culture in advanced theory of mind: Low-SES versus mid/high-SES children thinking about their reader’s mind when composing texts. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, ON.

Comay, J. (2012). Bar-, Pie-, and Picto-Graphs: Young children’s mathematical reasoning about data management. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA.

Stephenson, C. and Comay, J. (2012). Math and play: A world of possibilities. Paper presented at the 2nd National Early Learning Lab School Conference: Leading the Way. Toronto, ON.

Comay, J. (2011). Interpretive understanding and second-order theory of mind: How are they related? Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

Comay, J. (2009). Language, narrative and social understanding in children. Paper presented at Institute of Child Study Research Conference. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Thelander, M.J. & Comay, J. (2009). Using stories to develop social understanding in children. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Peskin, J., Comay, J., Ellenbogen, B., & Prusky, C.S. (2009). Young children's developing representations of their readers' minds. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Comay, J. (2007). Narrative: children’s storytelling. Workshop presented at Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development, George Brown College and OISE/UT.

Comay, J. (2007). Theory of mind and the development of text awareness in children. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Thelander, M.J., Comay, J. & Filippova, E. (2007). Assessing social reasoning in oral and written stories for children: A theoretical model. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Comay, J. (2005). Further developments in social reasoning revealed in narrative discourse. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Vancouver, BC.

Comay, J. (2005). Theory of mind and the development of narrative perspective-taking. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

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