Our Mentors

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Gerry Altmann 

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Sentence processing, event cognition, object representation
 

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Mary Anne Amalaradjou

Faculty in Animal Science; Food Microbiology
Interests: Probiotics based approaches to control foodborne infections, Host- microbiome interactions in health and disease

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Robert Astur 

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Hippocampal memory, Virtual Reality testing of complex behaviors, Spatial memory and development, Gender differences, Substance Abuse, PTSD

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Ana Luisa Barbosa Torreao Dau

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Parenting, Attachment, Early childhood development, Early exposure to life stress and trauma, Disparities in mental health treatment

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Marianne Barton 

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Early parent-child relationships, Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental trajectories in Autism

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Polina Beloborodova

PhD student in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: The intersection of positive psychology and contemplative science, with particular interest in mindfulness training effects on self processes.

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Naiti Bhatt

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Anxiety, trauma, psychometric validation, stress

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Jaime Blackmon

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Anxiety, trauma, psychometric validation, stress

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Cynthia Boo

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental Psychology
Interests: Pragmatic language abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Personal narrative production, Context effects on language production

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Hayes Brenner

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Music cognition, Rhythmic entrainment and its role on neurodevelopment, Neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, etc.)

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Jeff Burke

Faculty in Psychological Sciences
Interests: The development of the disruptive behavior disorders, Chronic irritability and outcomes of depression and anxiety, Treatment and service engagement related to disruptive behavior disorders

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Jackie Caemmerer

Faculty in NEAG school of education; School Psychology
Interests: Psychological Assessment Validity Issues, Relations between Social Variables and Academic Achievement and Application of Structural Equation Modeling & Longitudinal Analysis

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Renee Chasse

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Neurodevelopment of Language, Genetics, Communication Disorders, Behavioral Neuroscience

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Silvia Clement-Lam

Postdoc in Psychological Sciences
Interests: Using multimodal behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the brain-behavioral basis of literacy development

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Cristina Colón-Semenza

Faculty in Kinesiology
Interests: Motivation, behavior change, social support, apathy, effort-based decision-making, health equity, mental health

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Hannah Cooke

Grad Student in Curriculum & Instruction; Science Education
Interests: Justice-centered science education, decolonizing science education, and environmental justice through education

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Jeffrey Crawford

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Neurodevelopment of Language, Genetics, Communication Disorders, Behavioral Neuroscience

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Nicole Cruse 

Faculty in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences 
Interests: Narrative and storytelling patterns; what those patterns can tell us about how language operates in the brain

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Jason Crutcher

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Optimal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Psycholinguistics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive neuropsychology of pragmatic language

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Kimberly Cuevas

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Optimal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Psycholinguistics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive neuropsychology of pragmatic language

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Adam David

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Trauma and recovery, Stress-related growth, Self-evaluation, Mindfulness-based interventions, Meaning-making, Habit formation

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Kelsey Davinson

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Memory Development, Infant Learning and Memory, Neuroimaging (EEG and MRI)

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Lee Drown

Grad Student in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Interests: Speech perception, dyslexia, and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

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Alev Ecevitoglu

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Behaviour, pharmacology, neuroscience, stress, and genetics

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Amy Egbert

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Psycholinguistics in autism spectrum disorders (acquisition of language, conversational gestures, discourse and executive processes, prosody); optimal outcomes in ASD; hyperlexia; savant musical skills; implicit learning; functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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Inge-Marie Eigsti

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Psycholinguistics in autism spectrum disorders (acquisition of language, conversational gestures, discourse and executive processes, prosody); optimal outcomes in ASD; hyperlexia; savant musical skills; implicit learning; functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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Renee El-Krab

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: HIV Treatment and Prevention

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Christiana Field

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Behavioral interventions for weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Social, cognitive, and environmental influences on weight, diet, and physical activity

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Marcus Flax

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Anxiety disorders; OCD; Race-based trauma; Depression; Scrupulosity; Minority mental health; MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Adrian Garcia-Sierra

Faculty in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Interests: Brain plasticity, language development, event related potentials, speech perception, and bilingualism.

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Alexandra Garr-Schultz

Faculty in Psychological Sciences
Interests: Identity Self-definition Experiences of Marginalization Underrepresented groups Multiple Identities Authenticity Diversity and Inclusion Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Experimental, Qualitative and Longitudinal approaches

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Jamilah George

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Anxiety disorders; OCD; Race-based trauma; Depression; Scrupulosity; Minority mental health; MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Nikole Giovannone

Grad Student in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Interests: Speech Perception, Prosody, Functional Plasticity, and Electrophysiology

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Amy Gorin

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Treatment strategies to improve long-term weight loss and maintenance, Motivational and environmental processes that affect weight control, Social influences on weight, eating, and physical activity.

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Corey Grantham

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Interests: Systemic racism and antiracist resistance, Social hierarchies (power, status, inequality), Team emergent states and processes, Personality and psychometrics

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Caitrin Hall

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Social dynamics, interpersonal coordination, and group synchronization.

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Cara Hardy

Grad assistant in the PhD Biomedical Science Program
Interests: understanding the interface between neural (brain) control

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Cheyenne Harris- Starling

Grad Student in Educational Psychology; Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation (RMME)
Interests: Research on Evaluation (RoE) and Assessment Literacy

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Brittney Hernandez

Grad Student in Educational Psychology; Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation (RMME)
Interests: Research on Evaluation (RoE) and Assessment Literacy

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Gabrielle Hettie

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Social dynamics, interpersonal coordination, and group synchronization.

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James Hughes

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Interests: Aging at Work, Hiring Discrimination, Employee Engagement, Virtual Workplaces

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Gitte Joergensen

Post-doctoral Researcher in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Eye tracking and how to integrate eye movements with other measures such as fMRI and EEG

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Chanel Johnson

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Social dynamics, interpersonal coordination, and group synchronization.

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Sara Johnson

Faculty in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies

Interests: Hellenistic Judaism, Ancient Fictions

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Steven Kinsey

Faculty in School of nursing
Interests: Anxiety/Depression, Cannabinoid/opioid pharmacology, Chronic pain, Stress and Substance use disorders

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George Kuchel 

Faculty at UConn Health; Neuroscience, Aging
Interests: Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of aging emphasizing inter-individual variability and resilience mechanisms pertaining to mobility, voiding, cognition and host defense, Design and validation of geroscience-guided interventions into aging and common chronic diseases of aging

Nicole Landi

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Cognition
Interests: Reading, Reading and Language Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Genetics

 

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Caroline Larson

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Relationships between language and other cognitive factors in children with language disorders, including Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, with the long-term goal of improving differential diagnosis and treatment.

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Nathan Lautz

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of concepts, grounded cognition, semantic control, the neural basis of language

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Brittany Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Relationships between language and other cognitive factors in children with language disorders, including Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, with the long-term goal of improving differential diagnosis and treatment.

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Jerin Lee

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: language in autism, word learning, verbs, augmentative/alternative communication (AAC)

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Sharon Lee

Doctoral Candidate in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Biobehavioral mechanisms linking trauma and PTSD with adverse physical health outcomes, with a focus on cardiovascular disease.

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Kaya LeGrand

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: language in autism, word learning, verbs, augmentative/alternative communication (AAC)

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Wesley Leong

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences

Interests: Event cognition and Conceptual Processing in Language

 

 

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Michael Li

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: 

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Yanran Lin

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Jessica Loya

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Language acquisition in children, Heritage speakers

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Jie Luo

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences;
Interests: Neural mechanisms of reading development and the neural signatures of successful reading instruction/learning intervention outcome

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Jim Magnuson

Faculty in Psychological Sciences
Interests: Neurobiology and psychology of language, including processing, development, and disorders of spoken and written language

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Kelly Mahaffy

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Reading and language development, Specific Reading Comprehension Deficits, neuroimaging of reading 

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Etan Markus

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Brain basis of behavior, focusing on rats. Specifically: Memory formation, Aging, Hippocampal system, Navigation, Social Interactions

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Kerry Marsh

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Social Psychology
Interests: Immersive virtual reality methods, Ecological and dynamical approaches to environmental psychology, Motivational influences, Implicit attitudes and HIV risk behavior, Social affordances and interpersonal coordination of movement

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Lisset Martinez- Berman

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Reading and language development, Specific Reading Comprehension Deficits, neuroimaging of reading 

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Betsy McCoach

Faculty in Educational Psychology; Research Methods, Measurement, & Evaluation
Interests: Structural Equation Modeling, Multilevel Modeling, Quantitative Educational Policy Analysis

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Ruth McLeod

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury and Behavioral Outcomes

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Oliver Lasnick

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Functional connectivity in reading and neurodevelopmental disorders, Temporal sampling and neural oscillations in language, Computational modeling

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Katherine McManus- Shipp

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury and Behavioral Outcomes

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Hannah Mechtenberg

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: how analogical reasoning and language processing intersect to facilitate learning abstract concepts and in creative problem solving

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Jonas Miller

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Functional connectivity in reading and neurodevelopmental disorders, Temporal sampling and neural oscillations in language, Computational modeling

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Jennifer Mozeiko

Faculty in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of speech and language, aphasia, speech perception.

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Emily Myers

Faculty in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of speech and language, aphasia, speech perception.

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Letty Naigles

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Functional connectivity in reading and neurodevelopmental disorders, Temporal sampling and neural oscillations in language, Computational modeling

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Alexandra Paxton

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Communication and social interaction as a complex dynamical system, Data-rich and dynamics-focused research methods and analyses, Naturally occurring datasets and “big data” for psychological theory-building, Ethics of human-derived data

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Joselyn Perez

Grad Student in Educational Psychology
Interests: Achievement gaps regarding English Language Learners and self-efficacy of bilingualism

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Kenneth Perez

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: Affective Science, Positive Emotions, Awe and Self-Transcendence on Psychological Well-being

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Christian Piscopo

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: Intergroup Relations, Dynamics of Power, Social Cognition

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Felicia Pratto

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: Intergroup Relations, Dynamics of Power, Social Cognition

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Destiny Printz

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Social
Interests: Affective Science, Positive Emotions, Awe and Self-Transcendence on Psychological Well-being

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Madeline Quam

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Language acquisition and emergence, homesign, sign languages, number cognition

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Nairan Ramirez- Esparza

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Analgesic effects and potential side effects of phytochemicals found in the Cannabis plant; Behavioral Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pain and Cannabis

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Carl Rodriguez

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Analgesic effects and potential side effects of phytochemicals found in the Cannabis plant; Behavioral Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pain and Cannabis

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Ari Romano- Verthelyi

PhD Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: 

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David Saltzman

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Neural bases of speech perception, distributional learning of speech sound categories, adaptation to talker specific speech input

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Koyel Sen

Grad Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interests: numerical modeling of particle dynamics and 3D printed tablet dosage form

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Natalie Shook

Faculty in School of Nursing
Interests: Social Psychology, Mindfulness, Behavior and well-being, Aging and Health Disparities

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Kristin Simmers

Grad Student in Educational Psychology
Interests: Mind, Brain, Education sciences (MBE), Science of Learning, Interdisciplinary research in education

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Sinead Sinnot

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Stress and health-related outcomes, Post-traumatic stress and resilience, Meditation and mindfulness, Cognitive neuropsychology related to memory and attention

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Erika Skoe

Faculty in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Interests: plasticity of the auditory system, auditory evoked potentials, auditory neurophysiology

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Rhiannon Smith 

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Friendships and social-emotional adjustment in childhood and adolescence

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William Snyder 

Faculty in Linguistics
Interests: Language Acquisition, Comparative Syntax, Syntax-Semantics Interface

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Jon Sprouse

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Neuropsychology, Developmental & Acquired Language Disorders, Executive Function

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Mackenzie Stabile

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Neuropsychology, Developmental & Acquired Language Disorders, Executive Function

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Ian Stevenson

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Behavioral Neuroscience
Interests: Computational Neuroscience, Statistical Analysis of Neural Data, Adaptation and Plasticity

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Umay Suanda

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: Early communication and language development, the input and the learning environment, the dynamics of early social interactions, statistical learning, mechanisms of word learning.

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Elise Taverna

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Neuropsychology; Cognitive, language and social outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Rachel Theodore

Faculty in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Interests: Perceptual learning, phonetic variability, cognitive neuroscience, language acquisition.

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Hannah Thomas

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Optimal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication, Neuropsychology

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Rebecca Thomas

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Early identification and assessment of autism spectrum disorders, ASD screening methods in primary care settings

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Gray Thomas

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Optimal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication, Neuropsychology

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Susan Tilbury

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Ecological
Interests: Music Intervention, Rhythmic entrainment, Computational neuroscience, Consciousness, Collective effervescence and ecstatic ritual, Self-other merging, Biorhythmic aspects of anxiety and trauma disorders, Mindfulness and contemplative practices

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Alexandria Tomkunas

Grad Student in Human Development & Family Sciences
Interests: Children’s social, emotional, and behavioral well-being, Education equity, School and community interventions, Child resilience

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Kiranmayi Vedantham

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Early identification and assessment of autism spectrum disorders, ASD screening methods in primary care settings

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Portia Washington

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Event cognition, Sentence processing, Morphosyntax

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Anietie Williams

Grad Student in Chemistry

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Emma Wing

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Event cognition, Sentence processing, Morphosyntax

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Torri Ann Woodruff

Grad Student in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences
Interests: the management of hearing loss with a focus on family centered interventions.

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Christine Yantz

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Clinical
Interests: Neuropsychological assessment, fostering the development of coping skills and behavior change in adults, primarily in medical (pulmonary, cardiac, end-of-life) and medical rehabilitation (stroke, brain injured, amputation, spinal cord injury) populations. 

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Emily Yearling

Grad Student in Psychological Sciences; Developmental
Interests: The interaction between perception and action in the developing brain, Development of categorical and conceptual knowledge, Cognitive development in early childhood

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Eiling Yee

Faculty in Psychological Sciences; Language & Cognition
Interests: Semantic memory and the neural representation of concepts. Spoken word recognition and language processing. The neural basis of language.

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Elizabeth Zagata

PhD student in Psychological Sciences; Educational

Interests: The intersection of literacy and assessment with policy and special education law.