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 20th year and we are proud to introduce our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for the 2014-2015 year.



Current Postdocs

Umay Suanda Umay Suanda, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Research Interests: My research interests are in the broad area of children's language acquisition with a focus on children's word learning. What are the mechanisms that underlie children's word learning? How do these processes evolve and change over development? What accounts for the individual differences we see in vocabulary acquisition? My current research in the Cognitive Development Lab focuses on the nature of the perceptual, social, and linguistic input parents provide to children at different ages, and how this input helps shape the learning processes involved in children's word learning.


Jessica Montag Jessica Montag, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith, and Michael Jones, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in how our experiences with language shape our language abilities. In adults, I investigate how language experience underlies our ability to produce and comprehend complex sentences. In children, I investigate how language experience shapes early word learning. I am particularly interested in the contributions of both written and spoken language to linguistic abilities in adults and children. There are quantitative and qualitative differences between both child and adult-directed speech and texts, and I would like to better understand these differences and the contribution of both sources of input to language learning and language use.

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Current Predocs

Sophia Vinci-BooherSophia Vinci-Booher, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Karin James, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My primary interest lies in understanding how the brain changes and reorganizes throughout the lifespan. Of particular interest is the emergence of functional connectivity between perceptual and motor brain regions in response to visual-motor learning experiences. Currently, my work is focused on investigating functional connectivity during letter perception as a result of hand-printing individual letters.



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 interested in the development of visual attention and social attention in infancy. I am currently studying infants from 4 months until 12 months of age and studying what influences their allocation of attention in dynamic social scenes where both people and objects are present. I also have a strong interest in how motor development influences visual perception.


Eugene Kim Eugene Kim, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Bennett Bertenthal, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in the mechanisms underlying human social cognition. Specifically, using eye-tracking and behavioral/physiological methods, I investigate how humans deploy their visual resources in real time to attend to and pick up on important social cues during social interaction, and how that information is used in the service of adaptive social action.



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Still in training

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


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

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







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: Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University






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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