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SAGE Publishing announces exclusive partnership with developmental psychology scholar, Dr. Laura E. Berk

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SAGE Publishing’s US College division today announces a new author-publisher partnership with Dr. Laura E. Berk, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University. SAGE now becomes the exclusive publisher of Berk’s best-selling developmental psychology titles, a body of work that has earned its place as an essential resource for countless instructors and students over many years.

“Laura Berk’s unique author voice, inclusive approach, and ability to make research accessible to students have established her as one of the most respected and trusted authors in higher education” notes Michele Sordi, Executive Vice President and Head of US College at SAGE. “SAGE’s stability, secured independence, and shared values make SAGE a special place for authors to partner with us in publishing innovative pedagogical content for generations to come.”

Berk has taught and researched child, adolescent, and lifespan development for more than three decades and has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

The following titles by Berk will be available from SAGE in eBook and print formats this summer in time for Fall 2022 classes:

  • Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Ninth Edition
  • Infants and Children: Prenatal through Middle Childhood, Ninth Edition
  • Development Through the Lifespan, Seventh Edition
  • Exploring Lifespan Development, Fourth Edition

SAGE and Berk are also working on revised editions starting with Infants, Children, and Adolescents 10th Edition which will come out in the second half of 2023. All new editions coming in 2023 and beyond will be available in the SAGE Vantage platform which enhances student engagement with course content and makes course set-up easy and straightforward for instructors.

“I am thrilled and impressed by SAGE’s commitment to supporting teaching and learning in the social and behavioral sciences,” Berk said, “and to our shared commitment to truly excellent writing, content development, and supporting pedagogy. Having these pieces come together so well is ideal, and extremely rare today.”

For two decades there has been one textbook I’ve turned to for my infant and child development courses, Laura Berk’s Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood,” said Professor Teresa Ashford of Oregon State University, a long-time adopter. “Her thorough, well-articulated, and easily digestible content has guided my students in their understanding of best practices, developmental domains, the role of culture, and current social and health issues facing young children and their families. I look forward to continuing to use her text in the years to come.”

To learn more about Berk’s books, request complimentary copies, and access support and ordering information, visit


About SAGE Publishing
SAGE is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and a growing suite of library products and services.

Driven by the belief that social and behavioral science has the power to improve society, we focus on publishing impactful research, enabling robust research methodology, and producing high quality educational resources that support instructors to prepare the citizens, policymakers, educators and researchers of the future. We publish more than 1,000 journals and 600 new books globally each year, as well as library resources that include archives, data, case studies, video, and technologies for discovery, access, and engagement. SAGE’s founder, Sara Miller McCune, has transferred control of the company to an independent trust, guaranteeing its independence indefinitely.

About Vantage
SAGE Vantage is an intuitive digital platform that blends trusted SAGE content with auto-graded assignments, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers easy course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class.

With evidence-based instructional design at the core, SAGE Vantage creates more time for engaged learning and empowered teaching, keeping the classroom where it belongs—in your hands.

About Laura E. Berk
Laura E. Berk is Distinguished Professor Emerita of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught child, adolescent, and lifespan development for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

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