Mark Sheskin, Ph.D.

College of Social Sciences
Graduate Program Faculty


  • Head of Online Research at, a platform for conducting video chat research with children, run through Yale University
  • Published in journals, such as Cognition, Child Development, and Nature Human Behavior, as well as outlets including New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian
  • Has given academic presentations at conferences around the world, including Hungary, Germany, and Finland

Professor Mark Sheskin is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on how children learn, and on the development of moral behavior. He received his B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He then completed postdoctoral training at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at the Cognitive Science Program at Yale. His current research is run through a video chat platform he developed through Yale University,, which allows families from around the world to participate in research studies.

As a teacher, Professor Sheskin is most excited about helping students move from consumers of information to users of information in real-world contexts (and creators of new information). Reflecting this, much of his previous teaching has involved coordinating senior projects for students across cognitive science, helping them complete capstone experiences from theoretical papers in philosophy to applied projects in computer science.