Rose Scott is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at University of California, Merced. She received her BA in Psychology from Boston University and her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates the development of the cognitive mechanisms that enable social interactions. She is particularly interested in the development of psychological reasoning, which is the ability to interpret the behavior of other individuals in terms of their underlying mental states. Much of her work has focused on when and how children between 1 and 5 years of age come to understand that individuals can hold and act on false beliefs. She has recently begun expanding her research to explore how issues that are important in the San Joaquin Valley, such as socioeconomic inequality, might relate to the development of such abilities.