Susan Bluck, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine, 1997). Professor, Area Director. Dr. Bluck’s research focuses on autobiographical memory and reasoning (how people remember and think about the events of their own lives) across the adult life span, and especially in later life. Her specific research interests include age differences and continuities in: (a) the everyday uses of autobiographical memory, reminiscence, and the life story, and (b) the relation of autobiographical memory to self-conceptions and well-being.
Natalie C. Ebner, Ph.D. (Free University of Berlin, 2005). Dr. Ebner’s research adopts an aging perspective on emotion, motivation, and social cognition and thus is at the intersection of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology. Her research program focuses on examining the extent to which emotional and self-relevant information affect attention, decision making, and memory, how these effects change across the adult lifespan, and what the consequences are for emotion regulation, health, and well-being. She conducts experimental research using a multi-methods approach that combines convergent measures, including self-report, behavior observation, eye tracking, hormonal markers, and neuroimaging techniques. Some of Dr. Ebner’s recent work is interventional with a specific orientation towards improvement of functioning in aging such as via medicinal products (e.g., oxytocin administration) and neurofeedback training.
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 1997). Professor (Affiliate Faculty Member, Developmental). Dr. Espelage’s research focuses on identifying longitudinal risk and protective factors associated with youth violence, including bullying, sexual violence, gang violence, and dating violence. She also conducts large-scale school-based randomized clinical trials of bullying and gender-based programs to impact youth violence. She also incorporates technology into her work through text-messaging and machine-learning programs to prevent bullying and cyberbullying.
M. Jeffrey Farrar, Ph.D. (Emory University, 1985). Associate Professor. Dr. Farrar’s research is focused on language development from a cognitive linguistic perspective. Current studies are examining connections between social-cognitive development, such as theory of mind, and language development in both toddlers and preschoolers. A second area of research is memory development with a special emphasis on autobiographical memory development.
Julia A. Graber, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 1991). Professor. Dr. Graber’s research focuses on the transitional aspects of adolescence with particular interest in the entry into adolescence. Her research examines the development of psychopathology across the adolescent decade; the impact of pubertal timing on psychosocial functioning during adolescence and beyond; stress reactivity and psychosocial development in childhood and adolescence; and improving social competence among young adolescents.
Darlene A. Kertes, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2005). Associate Professor. Dr. Kertes focuses on the antecedents and consequences of stress in health and development. Her research examines the role of biologically-based child factors and parenting on activity of a stress-sensitive neuroendocrine system. Dr. Kertes further studies the genetic and gene-environment interaction effects on stress-related emotional and health outcomes from childhood through adulthood, including effects on depression and alcohol dependence.
Lisa Scott, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2004). Associate Professor. The overarching goal of Dr. Scott’s research is to better understand the processes underlying human learning. She is particularly interested in the importance of experience in shaping how we learn to recognize people (i.e., faces) and objects as well as how language and visual perception interact and result in conceptual learning. She utilizes behavioral measures, eye-tracking, and brain recordings (event-related potentials (ERPs) to better characterize how infants, children, and adults learn about the surrounding world. Dr. Scott’s work lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, adult cognitive psychology, social perception and cognitive neuroscience.
Faculty in Developmental Psychology
Dr. Julia Graber, Dr. Jeffrey Farrar, Dr. Lisa Scott, Dr. Darlene Kertes, Dr. Susan Bluck, Dr. Natalie Ebner
Affiliated Faculty lecturers
Marina A. Klimenko, Ph.D (University of Georgia, 2013). Lecturer. Dr. Klimenko teaches regularly Developmental Psychology, Research Methods lab, and Psychology and Public Policy. Dr. Klimenko’s developmental research focuses on moral development and intersubjectivity. In addition, Dr. Klimenko is interested in effects of media and video games.
Feihong Wang, Ph.D (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2011). Lecturer. Dr Wang regularly teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on infant attachment, family processes, and school dynamics as they relate to the mental and behavioral health of children at risk, using diverse samples of children and advanced statistical modeling. Another line of her research examines how child and family factors influence children’s task engagement in challenging puzzle tasks, and how task engagement in early childhood predicts children’s academic and social outcomes during elementary school years.
W. Keith Berg, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, 1973). Professor. Dr. Berg’s primary research is on executive functioning processes, especially planning, problem solving, strategy use and working memory in childhood through later life. Brain, behavior and body processes related to executive functioning are assessed with psychophysiological measures including event related potentials, functional MRI, and heart rate changes as well as task performance.
Scott Miller, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 1971). Professor. Dr. Scott Miller’s research examines various aspects of children’s cognitive development. The most recent studies focus on developments that fall under the heading of theory of mind, including children’s understanding of false beliefs and the origins of knowledge.
Robin Lea West, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University, 1980). Professor. Dr. West’s research focuses on practical aspects of memory and self-regulatory factors that affect memory. This includes: a) the relationship between test performance and self-evaluation of memory (especially self-efficacy), b) techniques for improving the everyday memory skills of older adults, and c) goal-setting and beliefs about memory.
Shari Ellis, Ph.D. (University of Utah, 1987). Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology. Development of mathematical and scientific reasoning; social and cultural influences on cognitive development; learning in school and informal settings.
Fonda Davis Eyler, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 1979). Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology). Research on effects of perinatal as well as later risk and protective factors on long-term outcome, including the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on cognitive/executive functioning and psychosocial development in a longitudinal cohort of children and adolescents.
Michael Marsiske, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 1992). Associate Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology. Cognitive aging, measurement of everyday/functional cognition in older adults, interventions to enhance elders’ cognitive performance; collaborative cognition; sensorimotor-cognition relations.
Current Graduate Students in Developmental Psychology (Graduate Advisor listed in parentheses)
Cheung, Zoe: Bilingualism; theory of mind, executive function, and language development (Farrar)
Daniels, Jaxene: Language and theory of mind development in childhood (Farrar)
Erhardt, Kaitlyn: Theory of mind and language development (Farrar)
Fisher, Daniel: Cumulative risk of poverty on the brain; impacts of childhood stress, trauma, social capital, community connectedness, and parent-child co-regulation on self-regulatory development (Kertes)
Hasty, Tim: Cognitive aging pertaining to social and effective processing following Oxytocin administration in older adults, and financial decision-making such as susceptibility to cybersecurity attacks like spear phishing emails
Horta, Marilyn: Age-related change in emotion processing, decision-making, and prosociality; Brain-behavioral effects of interventions in human aging, including intranasal oxytocin; fMRI functional connectivity (Dual specialization: DEV/BCN; Ebner)
Iyer, Arjun: Relationship between language, Theory of Mind, and moral development in children and adults (Farrar)
Lussier, Desiree: Brain morphology in aging; structural volumetrics and fiber tractography using structural magnetic resonance (sMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); neuroinformatics (Dual specialization: DEV/BCN; Ebner)
Mroz, Emily: Directive and social functions of autobiographical memory, memorializing; end of life issues and caregiving (Bluck)
Polk, Becca: Social and emotional processing in the aging brain; the effects of oxytocin on mentalizing abilities (Dual specialization: DEV/BCN; Ebner)
Sharma, Shubam: Resilience in the face of late life challenges; life story approach to well-being in the second half of life (Bluck)
Sudo, Mioko: Theory of mind, executive function, and language development in childhood (Farrar)
Initial Job Placements of Developmental Psychology Ph.D Graduates
Montgomery, Derek: Assistant Professor, Bradley University, 1993
Forbes, James: Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University, 1993
Seier, Wendy: Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, 1993
Baron, Kristina: Assistant Professor, St. Michael College, 1994
Friend, Margaret: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Boyer, Michelle: Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, 1995
Holmes, Heather: Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana State University, 1996
Mark McManis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1996
Welch-Ross, Melissa: Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, 1996
Coyle, Tom: Assistant Professor, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1997
Garner, Elizabeth: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, 1997
Fasig, Lauren: APA Policy Fellow, APA, Washington, D.C.,1998
Slawinski, Jennifer: NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh/Penn State & Adjunct Instructor Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
Welch, Duana: Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton 1998
Yassuda, Monica: Grant Project Manager, Georgia State University, 1999
Brown, Veda: Assistant Professor, Prairie View College, Texas, 2000
VanVoorhis, Frances: Network Facilitator and TIPS Coordinator, National Network of Partnership Schools, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
Sabatinelli, Dean: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, 2001
Abraham, Sara: Assistant Professor, St. Edward’s University
Alea, Nicole: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, 2004
Curry, Laura: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Child Health Policy, University of Florida, 2004
Benigno, Joann: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2004
Byrd, Dana: Postdoctoral Fellow, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2004
Semegon, Angi: Clinical Research Coordinator, Gutstein Shelley and Associates, 2006
Maag, Lisa: Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, 2007
Lynne, Sarah: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
McNamara, Joe: Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, 2008
Ahn, Sung-hee: On Leave, 2009
Dark-Freudeman, Alissa: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2009
Sontag, Lisa: NRSA Research Fellow, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009
Tompkins, Virginia: Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio State University at Lima, 2009
Cordell-McNulty, Kristi: (graduate of Co-Major program) Assistant Professor of Psychology, Angelo State University, 2009
Anderson, Kim: Study Coordinator with the Institute on Aging, University of Florida, 2010
Clemans, Katherine: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
Demiray, Burcu: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Koc University, Istanbul, 2010
Marshik, Tesia: (graduate of Co-Major program) Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, 2010
DeLucca, Teri: Research Scientist, Nemours BrightStart Initiative, 2010.
Hastings, Erin: Clinical Trials Research Coordinator, The Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, College of Medicine, University of Florida, 2011.
Baron, Jacqueline: Research Coordinator, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida, 2011.
McKay-Easters, Molly: Adjunct Instructor, Florida State College at Jacksonville, 2013
Tamargo, Jennifer: Adjunct Research Associate, RAND Corporation, 2013
Hill, Julie: Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Platteville, 2015
Diaz, Vanessa: Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University, 2016
Mary Saczawa: Visiting Instructor, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2016
Aylin Tasdemir-Ozdes: Assistant Professor, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey, 2017
Hsiao-wen Liao: Postdoctoral Fellow, Life-span Development Lab, Stanford University, California, 2017
Jingwen Liu: Research Analyst for T1DExchange, Boston, Mass., 2017
Tian Lin: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Florida, 2017
Carla Strickland-Hughes: Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific, California, 2017
Guan, Yao: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, University of Iowa, 2018
Metz, Allison: Research Project Coordinator, Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, IFAS/University of Florida, 2018
Désirée Lussier-Lévesque: Postdoctoral Fellow, SIMEXP Laboratory for Brain Stimulation and Exploration, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, 2019