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 22nd year and we are proud to introduce our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for the 2016-2017 year.



Current Postdocs

Lauren Slone Lauren Slone, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Research Interests: I am interested in mechanisms of perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. My research investigates the structure of children's early environments and how children's visual, motor, and linguistic experiences help them learn about, and from, that structure. I am particularly interested in multisensory learning and in how children's individual learning histories affect their future learning. My research employs a variety of behavioral methods, including eye tracking, recording looking time, and analyzing naturalistic parent-infant interactions.




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.




Janelle Szary Janelle Szary, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Michael Jones, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research investigates the flow of information through networks of various sizes: from neurons to groups of people. How do network structures and dynamics constrain the type and amount of information that can be shared? To address this question, I use techniques ranging from computational modeling to empirical studies of social interaction during memory and problem-solving tasks.



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.









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Current Predocs

Elizabeth Clerkin Elizabeth Clerkin CV Graduate Student

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

Research Interests: I am interested in how young children learn object names, particularly how the visual statistics of children's everyday environments help them create mappings between visual objects and the words that refer to them. I am also interested in how skills such as visual processing, attention, and memory aid and impact word learning.








Kelsey Wiggs Kelsey Wiggs CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Brian D'Onofrio and Dan Kennedy, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in the 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. I work with Dr. Brian D'Onofrio using family-based and within-individual designs to assess the extent to which exposure to perinatal risk factors and ADHD medication across the lifespan may impact neurodevelopment independent of stable genetic and environmental factors within families and/or individuals. I also hope to expand my current line of inquiry over the next year by working with Dr. Dan Kennedy to investigate the variance of visual attention patterns in twins with and without symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders.



Grace Lisandrelli Grace Lisandrelli, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Dan Kennedy, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I have a keen interest in the developmental origins of various social cognitive processes in typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I aim to investigate how emerging differences in attention allocation to socially relevant information contribute to later observed variation in social behaviors across the two populations.




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.





Colin Downey Colin Downey, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Rowan Candy, Vision Science Optometry

Research Interests: My research interests are currently revolving around infants' dynamic accommodation and vergence tracking of an unpredicted stimulus. I essentially have been trying to identify how well infants are able to track both a one-dimensional and a two-dimensional stimulus in space, and how closely they resemble adult tracking throughout their first three months after birth.






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Still in training

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, Indiana University, Bloomington (M. West, Psychology)

Research Topic: Relationship between social networks, behavioral consistency and reproductive competence over ontogeny.




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).




Umay Suanda Umay Suanda, CV

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

Research Topic: Children's language acquisition with a focus 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.




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.





Dan Yurovsky Dan Yurovsky, CV

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

Research Topic: Communication and socially-situated language learning




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



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: 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

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






John Green border= John Green

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






Pat Buchanan border= Pat Buchanan

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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