Rain Bosworth is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Bosworth has been highly successful in obtaining research grant funding, with uninterrupted full time grant funding since she completed her dissertation at UCSD in 2001. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. She is currently lead PI on two research grants from NSF and holds a four-year R01 from the National Eye Institute studying visual perception in Deaf and hearing infants, children, and adults. She considers herself a developmental vision scientist, dedicated to studying how early sensory and language experiences shape visual abilities later in life. She has addressed this theme in children with congenital eye disorders and in healthy premature infants, to determine whether their “additional” postnatal experience, as a result of being born early, accelerates their visual development.
She is currently working on a project addressing whether television exposure impacts young infants’ visual perception abilities. She has been interviewed about her work by PBS and Science Nation. She also teaches undergraduate courses in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, and biological psychology at Saddleback College and UCSD.