Summer 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Landi for being awarded a 2020-2021 James McKeen Cattel Fund Fellowships. “For over half a century, the James McKeen Cattell Fund has provided support for the science and the application of psychology…These awards supplement the regular sabbatical allowance provided by the recipients’ home institutions, to allow an extension of leave-time from one to two semesters.” Congratulations Nicole!
Summer 2020: Dr. Nicole Landi was awarded a 5-year R01 grant from NICHD. Her grant is titled “Effectiveness and predictors of response for a technology-based reading intervention in the home”. Congratulations Nicole!
June 2020: Congratulations to Amanda Mankovich for successfully defending her Master’s Thesis titled, “Context Effects on Child Object Touch and Parent Referential Speech: Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Bravo Amanda!
Congratulations to Meaghan and Vivi for successfully defending and passing their Prelims. They are now officially candidates for Doctors of Philosophy and are charging ahead with their dissertations. Bravo Meaghan and Vivi!
Congratulations to Shireena and Emily on their successful MS thesis defenses.
Shirena’s thesis was titled “Changes in the Cognitive Dynamics of Problem Solving”
Emily’s thesis was titled “Keeping Track of Change: Developmental Insights into the Ability to Represent Objects in Episodic Terms”
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!!
DEV grad students Amanda Mankovich and Shireena McGee spoke this fall to Mansfield Middle School students about the fundamentals of coding and programming.
DEV faculty member Kimberly Cuevas spoke about her research on infant cognition to a lively crowd at the Brew HaHa Comedy Club in Hartford, CT, as part of comedian and podcast host Shane Mauss’s Stand Up Science, a project that “combines scientists and comedians to bring a night of ‘haha’ and ‘aha’” … how cool!
The DEV program is thrilled to welcome Cynthia Boo (joining us from the New School for Social Research), Katelyn Pitcher (Hendrix College), Maddie Quam (University of Chicago), and Kara Vlahcevic (Virginia Tech) to the DEV family! DEVers (Amanda Mankovich, Shireena McGee and Miranda Long) took them apple picking at Belltown Hill Orchards this fall.
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.