Assistant Professor of Psychology
Education: Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) University of Minnesota,
B.A. (Psychology) University of Richmond, 1997
As a Developmental Psychologist, I teach Developmental Psychology, Infant Development,
Early Experience, and General Psychology. Because of my interest in the biological
bases of behavior I will also be teaching Biological Psychology while Dr. Lambert
is on sabbatical.
Areas of Interest:
My research interests include the impact of early experience on brain and social
development. Specifically I utilize electrophysiological (event-related potentials
or ERPs) and behavioral measures to explore infants’ and children’s understanding
of emotional and social information.
As a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher I had the opportunity to work
on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a study of the effects of foster care
intervention on the development of children raised in institutional settings in
Bucharest, Romania. In this study, we have been able to examine the short and long-term
effects of early deprivation/institutional rearing on children’s brain, cognitive
and social development, as well as the ameliorating effects on foster care.
When I’m not in the classroom or the lab, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and
spending time with my husband, Andy, a post-doctoral fellow in the Pharmacology/Toxicology
Department at VCU.
Society for Research in Child Development
International Society on Infant Studies
Cognitive Neuroscience Society