Dr. Goldfield is a developmental psychologist dedicated to research in the area of developmental neurorehabilitation. He conducts translational research that uses advanced technologies in computer science and robotics to promote the sensorimotor development of infants and young children. A particular recent focus has been the development of wearable robots to promote more typical development in children who were born prematurely and have difficulty in learning to walk, use their hands, eat and drink, and communicate. Some of the devices he and his colleagues have developed include a computer-controlled milk bottle to promote improved oral feeding and swallowing, synthetic muscles and sensors that function like biological ones, a soft robotic suit that helps children with weak or poorly developed muscles to sit and stand without assistance, and a multi-robot system that helps children with cerebral palsy to learn to walk.



Dr. Goldfield is Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and Staff Scientist at Boston Children's Hospital. He is also Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. He earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.