Research Communities

Below are a listing of research communities at UConn that may be of interest to developmental students.

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS)

The mission of the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is to serve as both a beacon and incubator for research across the brain and cognitive sciences at UConn and beyond; promoting and supporting the interdisciplinary science of the mind and its realization in biological and artificial systems.

Many developmental students and faculty are affiliated with IBACS. They offer many funding opportunities, including summer funding for graduate students, undergraduates, and seed funding for faculty.

Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)

The University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks in the areas of health behavior and health behavior change at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, environmental, social, and policy). InCHIP researchers lead novel, influential health behavior initiatives at UConn, institutions across the United States, and globally in countries including Albania, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Russia, Uganda, and Vietnam. Our investigators have expertise in the areas of HIV, treatment adherence, diabetes management, cancer prevention and control, nutrition, pharmacology, substance abuse, obesity, autism, digital health, school and child health, and complementary and alternative approaches to medicine, among other health domains.

Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC)

The BIRC is a vibrant hub for multi-disciplinary research, including both basic science and translational research with implications for the classroom, clinic, and quality of life. The Center facilitates scientific discovery and theoretical innovation in cognitive neuroscience and other fields by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and methods and technical and scientific training. It supports both brain and whole-body imaging and research across the life span and on a range of clinical and nonclinical populations. Additionally, the Center provides educational and research opportunities for UConn’s graduate and undergraduate students and disseminates scientific knowledge to the broader university community, relevant professional communities, and the general public.

Cognitive Science Program (CogSci)

Cognitive Science is the study of how intelligent beings (including people, animals and machines) perceive, act, know, and think. It explores the process and content of thought as observed in individuals, distributed through communities, manifested in the structure and meaning of language, modeled by algorithms, and contemplated by philosophies of mind. Its models are formulated using concepts drawn from many disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, logic, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy, and they are tested using evidence from psychological experiments, clinical studies, field studies, computer simulations, and neurophysiological observation.

UConn’s Cognitive Science Program includes a graduate certificate, whose objectives are: (1) to introduce the central theories, methodologies, findings, and controversies in Cognitive Science today, (2) to provide a flexible but coherent course of study that can be individualized to complement students’ research interests and degree programs, and (3) to catalyze interdisciplinary research by encouraging greater contact between faculty and graduate students in the many departments contributing to Cognitive Science.

Please go to for information about the graduate certificate, application procedures and requirements, and the other events and activities the program supports.

Neurobiology of Language (NBL) Certificate Program

The Neurobiology of Language certificate program is an interdisciplinary training program previously funded by the NSF designed to foster research and graduate training across cognitive (linguistics, psychology, communication disorders) and biological (behavioral and molecular neuroscience and genetics) approaches to language research.

This is a multi-year training program that leads to a graduate certificate in Neurobiology of Language. It requires trainees to take 4 required Foundations courses (as well as 1 prerequisite) and a 1-credit Outreach Seminar. Trainees are also expected to attend regular meetings (Talk Shop, Mondays at 12:20 during Fall and Spring semesters) and occasional additional events, meetings, and retreats. Trainees are also expected to engage in interdisciplinary research as part of their training.

Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication — Connecticut (CNC-CT)

While significant progress has been made in understanding the underlying mechanisms that affect communication in various conditions, and in developing assessment and treatment strategies, progress is slower than it could be because of significant gaps in training of new communication scientists. The current training plan seeks to fill these gaps by:

  • Providing targeted training in the cognitive neuroscience of communication disorders
  • More meaningful connections between trainees and the clinical populations they study
  • By preparing this generation of trainees with the necessary set of professional tools to conduct and disseminate impactful research

This group is funded by an NIH T32 and offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

Science of Learning and the Art of Communication (SLAC) Training Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded our interdisciplinary group of UConn researchers a five-year grant, “The science of learning, from neurobiology to real-world application: A problem-based approach.” We aim to develop transformative models for graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, training 50 students (including 25 Ph.D. fellows).The “Science of Learning and Art of Communication,” or SLAC, draws on subfields of cognitive science and neuroscience: genetics, behavioral neuroscience, linguistics, education, psychology, and speech-language-hearing sciences.

Current 1st- and 2nd-year students are eligible to apply for a 1-year fellowship. Fellows have access to funding opportunities and incentive funds. See the SLAC website for more details on resources and requirements.

Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group

The Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning (ECOM) research group was established in 2010 by Dorit Bar-On at UNC-Chapel Hill, as part of a 4-year NSF grant for collaborative research received in 2009.  In the summer of 2014 ECOM moved to the University of Connecticut, where it has received a start-up grant from the UConn Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ECOM is affiliated with the UConn Philosophy Department, the UConn Cognitive Science Program, the CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the UConn Humanities Institute.

To date, ECOM has brought together hundreds of researchers, faculty, and students, from several disciplines (philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, biology, and more), through its regular meetings, speaker series, workshops, and conferences. Members of ECOM have worked on different aspects of the ECOM research areas, while collaborating and contributing to its central themes. To learn more, visit our members page, our research page, and our list of publications. Members also participate in various ECOM events, including reading groups, speaker series, workshops and seminars.



This page last updated 3/25/2019.