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 21st year and we are proud to introduce our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for the 2015-2016 year.



Current Postdocs

Lauren Slone Lauren Slone, CV Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith, and Chen Yu, 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.


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Current Predocs

Sophia Vinci-BooherSophia Vinci-Booher, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisors: Karin James, and Olaf Sporns, 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.


Eugene Kim Eugene Kim, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Bennett Bertenthal, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: My research aims to elucidate the developmental processes/mechanisms underlying the emergence of complex social abilities in humans. Specifically, using eye-tracking and behavioral methods, I investigate how infants deploy their visual resources in real-time to attend to and pick up on important information in their environment and how that information is used in the service of adaptive social interaction.


Brittany Rudd Brittany Rudd, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Jack Bates , and Brian D'Onofrio , Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in developmental psychopathology. In particular, I am interested in the impact of divorce and non-marital separation on the development of parent and child psychopathology. My ultimate goal is to tease apart environmental mechanisms that cause parent and child psychopathology after parental separation to facilitate the development and implementation of effective preventative interventions into community settings.






Samantha Faber Samantha Faber, CV, Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Franco Pestilli , Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am a PhD student working with Dr. Franco Pestilli on brain development and behavior. I am interested in understanding the structural and functional changes that occur both in the white matter and cortex throughout development. I use computational methods combined with psychophysical measurements and both functional and diffusion-weighted MRI data. My goal is to elucidate the factors controlling cortical and white matter changes throughout development, to better understand child development and learning, and to possibly improve methodologies of learning.







Elizabeth Clerkin Elizabeth Clerkin, CV Graduate Student

Faculty Supervisor: Linda Smith , Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in how young children learn language and how language interacts with other cognitive processes, including shape processing. Children who have trouble learning language also have trouble in tasks requiring them to represent the abstract shapes of objects, but it is not known whether the limitations we see in these high level tasks are specific to high level skills alone or are perhaps related to deficits in the development of low or mid level skills. I would like to investigate the developmental time course of low, mid, and high level visual shape perception and the predictive relationship between these different visual skills and early word learning.






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Still in training

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

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.





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, CV

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

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: 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: 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






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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, 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: 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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