Current Postdocs | Current Predocs | Still in training | Past Trainees

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Trainees

Our overall goal is to produce developmental scientists who bring new insight into the understanding of developmental process from a multi-leveled approach. We seek to train ethical scientists who are also good mentors and to increase diversity in the scientific community.

This is our 19th year and we are proud to introduce our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for the 2013-2014 year.



Current Postdocs

Alexa Romberg Alexa Romberg, CV website, Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Chen Yu, and Linda Smith, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research focuses on the basic learning mechanisms underlying first language acquisition. Humans are adept at tracking patterns and structure in their environment and this skill is fundamental to how we acquire our first language. I am interested in how infants and adults represent and update their knowledge of sequential structure, such as language syntax. I investigate both auditory learning and audiovisual learning in order to understand how both audio and visual cues contribute to language learning. My work addresses questions such as: How do infants and adults track multiple structures within the same input? How is learning influenced by the predictability of a sequence or structure? How do domain general skills, such as visual attention, contribute to language learning?


Elizabeth Wakefield Elizabeth Wakefield, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Karin James, Psychological and Brain Sciences

External Advisor: Susan Goldin-Meadow, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago


Research Interests: When we speak, we spontaneously move our hands. These hand movements, known as gestures, have the power to profoundly change how we think about the world. In my research, I am interested in understanding the neural mechanism underlying how gesture production affects cognition, how we perceive the gestures of others, and how these processes change across development. I study the effect of gesture use on children's learning, using both neuroimaging (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and behavioral techniques.


John Franchak John Franchak, CV, website, Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisors: Chen Yu, and Linda Smith, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Vision is a whole-body process integrating movements of the eyes, head, and body to bring relevant areas of the environment into view. My research uses head-mounted eye tracking to investigate the first-person visual experiences of infants, children, and adults during motor action and social interaction. Of key interest are how developmental changes in motor skill (e.g., learning to sit, crawl, and walk) and body morphology (e.g., increase in height) change what information is available to the visual system.


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Current Predocs

Branden BryanBranden Bryan, Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: John Kruschke, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research interests are in the intersection of cognitive science and education. I'm particularly interested in student attention in classroom lecture environments, intelligent tutoring systems, development of statistical concepts in k-12 education, and best practices for multimedia and online learning.


Maureen McQuillan Maureen McQuillan, CV, Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: John Bates , Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in studying how children develop within the context of their families. More specifically, my research considers the roles that parent-child interactions, home environment, and sleep have on self regulation, attention, school readiness, and behavioral outcomes.





Jennifer Bush Jennifer Bush, CV, Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Dan Kennedy, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding social development and social impairments in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I hope to work with both children and young adults to answer questions about how people with ASD perceive and interpret social situations. I am also very interested in how autism traits are presented in the general population and how the presence/absence of these traits affect one's social functioning.


Caitlin Lischer Caitlin Lischer, CV, Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Bennett Bertenthal, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am primarily interested in the development of object perception in infancy, particularly in the features of objects. I also have a strong interest in how motor development influences visual perception.



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Still in training

Catilin Fausey Caitlin Fausey, CV, webpage

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington (L. B. Smith, Psychology)

Research Topic: The role of language in developing habits of attending and remembering.





Alexis Barton Alexis Barton, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (B. Bertenthal, Psychology)

Research Topic: Developmental social neuroscience; empathy and other social development in the context of brain development and social input.





Greg Kohn Greg Kohn

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (M. West, Psychology)

Research Topic: Social behavior; specifically how reliable social experiences are constructed across generations, and how these social experiences shape the development of behavior.




Lisa Cantrell Lisa Cantrell, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis (L. Oakes, Psychology)

Research Topic: The development, representation and perception of number quantity in young children.





Dan Yurovsky Dan Yurovsky, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (M. Frank, Department of Psychology)

Research Topic: Communication and socially-situated language learning


Isaac Petersen Isaac Petersen, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (J. Bates, Psychology)

Research Topic: Examining the neural and developmental mechanisms of self-regulation and externalizing behavior problems




Julia Li Julia Li, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (K. James, Psychology)

Research Topic: Investigating how young children (2-3 year olds) learn about objects and their properties, specifically focusing on how object recognition is maintained across viewpoints and transformations


Richard Prather Richard Prather, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington (L. B. Smith, Psychology)

Research Topic: Numerical cognition and development






Claire Coyne Claire Coyne, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (B. D'Onofrio, Psychology)

Research Topic: Causes and consequences of teenage childbearing


Joanne Jao Joanne Jao,

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (K. James, Psychology)

Research Topic: Multisensory convergence of vision and haptics across development





Kelly Donahue Kelly Donahue, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University

Research Topic: Predictors and consequences of sexual risk behavior in adolescence



Viridiana Benitez Viridiana Benitez, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison (J. Saffran, Psychology)

Research Topic: The role of attention in monolingual and bilingual language acquisition



Quetzal Class Quetzal Class

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (B D'Onofrio, Psychology)

Research Topic: Investigating the role of timing of severe maternal stress during pregnancy in predicting poor birth outcomes, infant death, and mental and physical health and development




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Past Trainees

Sandra Street Sandra Street

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater








Paul Williams Paul Williams

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University, Bloomington






Meagan Yee Meagan Yee

Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Xavier University







Angela Staples Angela Staples

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Virginia






Alice Schermerhorn Alice Schermerhorn

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Vermont







Jennifer Miller Jennifer Miller

Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology






Thomas Baker Thomas Baker

Current Position: Vision Scientist, TASC in San Antonio






Hilary Kalagher Hilary Kalagher

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Drew University





Elaine Augustine Elaine Augustine

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida





Leonidas Doumas Leonidas Doumas

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh





Thomas Hillls Thomas Hills

Current Position: Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom





Ji Son Ji Son

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State, LA






Nitya Sethuraman Nitya Sethuraman

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan






Aarre Laakso Aarre Laakso

Current Position: Research Scientist/Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan






Hunter Honeycutt Hunter Honeycutt

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Bridgewater College, Virginia






Jennifer Lanter Jennifer Lanter

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay






Joshua Goldberg Joshua Goldberg

Current Position: Analyst/Developer, Slaughter Development, LLC






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Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University






Jill Villarreal Jill Villarreal

Current Position: Senior Manager, Del Monte Foods






Adam Sheya Adam Sheya

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut






Cathy Sandhofer Cathy Sandhofer

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA






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Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa






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Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Vermont






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Current Position: Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Des Moines University







William Farrell William Farrell

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, Queens College






Jennifer Schwade Jennifer Schwade

Current Position: Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Cornell University




Melissa Clearfield Melissa Clearfield

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Whitman College








Jana Iverson Jana Iverson

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh






Larissa Samuelson Larissa Samuelson

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa






Richard Andreatta Richard Andreatta

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Kentucky






Donald Finan Donald Finan

Current Position: Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, University of Northern Colorado







Alan Kersten Alan Kersten

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University







Emily Wickelgren Emily Wickelgren

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Sacramento State







Rosa Angulo-Barroso Rosa Angulo-Barroso

Current Position: Associate Professor, Kinesiology, University of Michigan






Merry Sleigh Merry Sleigh

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Winthrop University







Teresa Mitchell Teresa Mitchell

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School








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