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 23rd year and we are proud to introduce our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for the 2017-2018 year.



Current Postdocs

Lisa Byrge Lisa Byrge, Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Dan Kennedy, and Olaf Sporns, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research interests include how different forms of activity shape networks in the brain over different time scales, especially during development.




Drew Abney Drew Abney, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Chen Yu and Linda Smith

Research Interests: My developing research program focuses on studying the dynamics and development of communication. In doing so, I study perception, action, and cognition at multiple temporal and spatial scales.








Jeremy Borjon Jeremy Borjon, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith and Chen Yu

Research Interests: My developing research program is aimed at understanding how the autonomic nervous system shapes and guides behavior during development. Using a combination of wireless physiology sensors, motion capture, and head-mounted eye tracking, we will be able to computationally reconstruct and dissect the naturally occurring behavior of human children and their parents.







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Current Predocs

Hadar Karmazyn Hadar Karmazyn, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding how children's visual processing relates to language development.





Christina DeSerio Christina DeSerio, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith,Psychological and Brain Sciences and Rowan Candy, Vision Sciences

Research Interests: My research focuses on the typical and atypical development of vision and visual perception in infants and young children. My specific interests include the neural control of eye moments, early mechanisms of action in visual perception, and the development of cognitive systems to support learning. A further special point of interest is conducting visual perceptual, behavioral, and neurocognitive studies to evaluate the developmental origins of autism spectrum disorder.







Lindsey Nelson Lindsey Nelson, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Emily Fyfe, Emily Fyfe , Linda Smith and Jack Bates ,Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research interests are rooted in child development, specifically: self-regulated learning, problem-solving, metacognition, executive functioning, motivation, help seeking, private speech, and how these skills are interrelated during early development. Ultimately, I aspire to teach, conduct related research, and continue to dissect early childhood development to provide evidence to inform the design and implementation of interventions that may positively inform what, why, and how we teach our youth in order to optimally facilitate learning during one of the most critical periods of development..


Julia Yurkovic Julia Yurkovic, CV Graduate Student

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

Research Interests: I am interested in the development of social cognitive processes in typical populations and in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, I am interested in studying how individual differences in the development of joint attention and engagement within the mother-infant dyad contribute to phenotypic differences in children with and without ASD.







Daniel Plebanek Daniel Plebanek, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Karin James, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in how attention develops throughout early childhood and how basic attentional mechanisms support learning. Currently, my research focuses on the relationship between attention development and reading acquisition as well as how experience changes visual processing throughout the lifespan.








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Still in training

Lauren Slone Lauren Slone, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington (C. Yu, Psychology)

Research Topic: My research investigates the learning processes that enable young learners to acquire complex systems of knowledge, such as object categories and language, in a short amount of time. I study how visual, motor, and auditory processes work together in real time to create change and over longer periods to create development. I employ multiple behavioral methodologies, including micro-behavioral measures from naturalistic parent-child toy play interactions (e.g., head-mounted eye tracking) and laboratory-based experimental methods (e.g., screen-based eye tracking and word learning tasks), as well as computer vision and modelling techniques to characterize infants' learning inputs and outcomes.





Elizabeth Clerkin Elizabeth Clerkin, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (L. Smith, Psychology)

Research Topic: How children learn object names and how skills such as visual processing, attention and memory aid and impact word learning.









Colin Downey Colin Downey, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (R. Candy, Vision Science Optometry)

Research Topic: Infants' dynamic accommodation and vergence tracking of an unpredicted stimulus.








Kelsey Wiggs Kelsey Wiggs, CV

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

Research Topic: Etiology and treatment of neurodevelopmental problems (e.g. symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, seizures, and autism spectrum disorders) across multiple levels of analysis and time scales.








Grace Lisandrelli Grace Lisandrelli, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (D. Kennedy, Psychology)

Research Topic: Developmental origins of various social cognitive processes in typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).







Samantha Faber Samantha Faber, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (E. Newman, PNS)

Research Topic: Using graph and information theoretic approaches to characterize information flow and processing in neural networks derived from effective connectivity of in vitro organotypic cultures.









Brittany Rudd Brittany Rudd, CV

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

Research Topic: Impact of divorce and non-marital separation on the development of parent and child psychopathology.









Eugene Kim Eugene Kim, CV

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

Research Topic: Investigating the developmental processes/mechanisms underlying the emergence of complex social abilities in humans.




Sophia Vinci-Booher Sophia Vinci-Booher, CV

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

Research Topic: Understanding how the brain changes and reorganizes throughout the lifespan.






Greg Kohn Greg Kohn, CV

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces (T. Wright, Biology)

Research Topic: Developmental regulation of neurogenetic mechanisms that shape vocal learning and social integration in budgerigars.




Caitlin Lischer Caitlin Lischer, CV

Current Position: Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, Indianapolis (Further Training)

Research Topic: Development of visual attention and social attention in infancy and how motor development influences visual attention.



Maureen McQuillan Maureen McQuillan, CV

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

Research Topic: The Roles of parent-child interactions, home environment, and sleep on self regulation, attention, school readiness, and behavioral outcomes.






Jennifer Bush Jennifer Bush, CV

Current Position: Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington (D. Kennedy, Psychology)

Research Topic: Social development and social impairments in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).




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.





Branden Bryan Branden Bryan CV

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

Research Topic: Pedagogical efficacy of diagrams for models in Bayesian data analysis





Lisa Cantrell Lisa Cantrell

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

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





Joanne Jao Joanne Jao

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, San Diego State University

Research Topic: Neural Development of ASD





Kelly Donahue Kelly Donahue, CV

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

Research Topic: What influences parent decision making about HPV vaccination for their adolescent children and understanding how HPB is transmitted between individuals



Quetzal Class Quetzal Class

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago

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

Umay Suanda Umay Suanda

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut








Viridiana Benitez Viridiana Benitez

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, Arizona State University











Daniel Yurovsky Daniel Yurovsky

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Chicago








Claire Coyne Claire Coyne

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine






Julia Li Julia Li

Current Position: Researcher, Rockman, et al, Research and Evaluation







Isaac Petersen Isaac Peterson

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







Jessica Montag Jessica Montag

Current Position: Assistant Research Psychologist, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside









John Franchak John Franchak

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside












Richard Prather Richard Prather

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland







Alexa Romberg Alexa Romberg

Current Position: Assistant Research Scientist, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, College of Education, University of Maryland









Caitlin Fausey Caitlin Fausey

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






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: Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University






Alice Schermerhorn Alice Schermerhorn

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, University of Vermont







Jennifer Miller Jennifer Miller

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Lewis College of Human Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology






Thomas Baker Thomas Baker

Current Position: Scientist, Clinical Research Management, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland






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: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Bridgewater College, Virginia






Jennifer Lanter Jennifer Lanter

Current Position: Associate Professor, Human Development and Psychology, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay






Joshua Goldberg Joshua Goldberg

Current Position: Software Engineer, Space Telescope Science Institute






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






Jill Villarreal Jill Villarreal

Current Position: Research Scientist/Senior Manager at Big Heart Pet Brands






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, Indiana University of Pennsylvania






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, School of Psychology, University of East Anglia







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: Associate Professor, 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, Department of Kinesiology, California State University Northridge






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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