Author: Kayleigh Ryherd

Letty Naigles featured in UConn Today

DEV faculty member and program director Letty Naigles was recently featured in UConn Today for her work on parental influence on language acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The article highlights her recent grant from NIDCD, which will support research on language usage in school age children with ASD. Congrats, Letty!

Letty Naigles receives a new R01 grant from NIH

DEV faculty member and program director Letty Naigles was awarded a new 5-year R01 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Her grant is titled “Early Predictors to School Age Language: Individual and Interactional Child and Parent Factors”. Congratulations Letty!

DEV graduate students awarded 2018-2019 fellowships

Amanda Mankovich and Shireena McGee were awarded year-long traineeships in the Science of Learning and Art of Communication. These traineeships are part of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant awarded to an inter-disciplinary group of UConn researchers (PI: Jim Magnuson).


Emily Yearling was awarded an IBRAiN fellowship from the CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences for academic year 2018-2019

Congratulations Amanda, Emily and Shireena!

Meaghan Perdue and Vivi Tecoulesco successfully defend Master’s theses

Congratulations to DEV graduate students Meaghan Perdue and Vivi Tecoulesco on their successful MA defenses this Fall.

Meaghan’s thesis was titled: “Associations Between Cortical Structure and Reading Skills in Beginning Readers “

Vivi’s thesis was titled: “Auditory Brainstem Response and Language in Typically Developing Children and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Umay Suanda joins the developmental division as new Assistant Professor

 Umay Suanda

Dr. Umay Suanda has just joined the faculty in the developmental division as a new Assistant Professor. Umay completed his PhD in 2012 at Emory University and then was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University working with Linda Smith. He is currently funded by a K99 award entitled The Role of Language Experiences on Vocabulary Development:
A Multidimensional, Developmental, and Individual Differences Analysis. Welcome Umay!

Nicole Landi receives 2017-2018 Research Excellence Program award

Nicole Landi recently received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Research Excellence Program (REP), which provides seed funding for investigators conducting innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Her project, Neural Basis of Text Processing in Specific Reading Comprehension Deficit, will use simultaneous eyetracking and fMRI to investigate how the brain processes text online and how patterns of processing are related to reading comprehension ability. Congratulations Nicole!




Letty Naigles receives 2017 CLAS Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Interim Dean Davita Silfen Glasberg, Professor of Psychological Sciences Letitia Naigles, and Professor and Head of Psychological Sciences James Green on April 18, 2017. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

In alternating years, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards Faculty Excellence in Research and Faculty Excellence in Teaching awards. The recipients of Excellence in Research awards are honored for a research program that has gained national and international distinction and impact in their field of study.

Letty Naigles, developmental division head, received an Excellence in Research award for 2017. Congratulations to Letty!