DEV students win big at Psychological Sciences Fall Poster Night

DEV grad student Emily Yearling was awarded best graduate student poster at the Department of Psychological Sciences’ Annual Fall Poster Night. Kristen Shubert, who works with Emily, won best undergraduate poster! Emily and Kristen’s posters were titled “Keeping Track of Change: Developmental Insights into the Ability to Represent Events in Terms of Token-States” and “The Effect of Feedback on the Ability to Represent an Object’s History in Developing Children”, respectively. Congrats Emily and Kristen!!

Marie Coppola honored with PECASE award

Marie, her brother and mother at PECASE ceremony in DC

DEV faculty member Marie Coppola was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology”. WOW! Congratulations Marie, we are so proud of you! Check out the UConn Today article about Marie and the PECASE award, as well as this press release from the Association for Psychological Science.

Congrats to Kayleigh, Manya, and Parker, DEV’s newly-minted PhDs

 

Manya Jyotishi, Kayleigh Ryherd and Parker Tichko all successfully defended their dissertations this past spring / summer.

Manya’s dissertation was titled “Cross-Cultural Comparison of Narratives between English-Speaking Indian and US Children and Adults”; she recently joined Applied Survey Research in San Jose, California, as a Senior Research Analyst.

Kayleigh defended a dissertation titled “Exploring the Role of Language in Two Systems for Categorization”; she works as a Quantitative Analyst for PFP Services in Orange, CT.

Parker Tichko’s dissertation was on “Developmental Models of Musical Rhythm and Investigating Auditory-Motor Interactions in the Brainstem” and is now a post-doctoral researcher at Northeastern University.

Congrats Manya, Kayleigh and Parker, best of luck to you all, you are missed here in Storrs!

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!