Researchers in the Infant and Child Studies Consortium
Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She received her Ph.D in Auditory Neuroscience from Northwestern University and her Au.D from the University of Florida. Before arriving at UMD, Dr. Anderson was a practicing clinical audiologist for 26 years. She is the Director of the Hearing Brain Lab and her research interests include neurobiology of speech perception, learning-associated neural plasticity, aging, hearing loss, and auditory development.
Dr. Beier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and primarily studies social cognition in infants and young children. Along with being a member of the Infant and Child Studies Consortium, he is also a member of the Field Committee in Developmental Science and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Prior to UMD, Dr. Beier received his Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and completed his postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Dr. Feldman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies with a main research focus in computational psycholinguistics. She is also affiliated with the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science here at UMD.
Dr. Fox is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He received his Ph.D in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of Psychological Science. Dr. Fox is the Director of the Child Development Lab and his research interests include temperament and emergence of anxiety in children, development of emotion and emotion regulation, and the effects of early experience on brain and behavioral development. He is a Principal Investigator on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project.
Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences with a research focus on language acquisition and psycholinguistics. She received her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Cognitive Psychology program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In addition to her membership with the Infant and Child Studies Consortium, she is also a member of the Language Science at Maryland, Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and Center for Advanced Study of Language. Dr. Huang is the director of the Language and Cognition Laboratory.
Dr. Lidz is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics here at UMD. He received his Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Delaware and previously was a professor at Northwestern University. He is the Chair of the Faculty Research and Scholarship Awards Committee in the Graduate School and is the Graduate Admissions Director in the Department of Linguistics. He also directs the Project on Children's Language Learning at UMD. Dr. Lidz's research interests include comparative syntax-semantics and first language acquisition.
Dr. Newman is the Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and the Associate Director of the Maryland Language Science Center. She received her Ph.D from SUNY-Buffalo. She is one of the founders of the Infant and Child Studies Program as well as the UMD Autism Research Consortium. Dr. Newman is also a member of the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Her research interests include speech perception, language acquisition, word-finding errors, word recognition, and Autism.
Dr. Prather is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology with a specialization in Educational Psychology. He received his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His post-doc research was conducted at Indiana University in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Cognitive development, computational models, early math and number learning, and cognitive neuroscience are among some of his main research interests.
Dr. Ramani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. She received her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and did her postdoctoral work in cognitive development at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the Director of the Early Childhood Interaction Laboratory here at UMD. Dr. Ramani's research interests include the influence of social interactions on cognitive development, learning through cooperative play early mathematics & problem solving skills, and peer cooperation.
Dr. Redcay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UMD. She received her Ph.D in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California-San Diego. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department. Dr. Redcay is the Director of the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UMD where she studies joint attention, the role of communicative context, and the development of brain networks for social cognition in both typical individuals and individuals with Autism.
Dr. Riggins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UMD. She received her Ph.D in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and was a postdoctoral fellow at both the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California-Davis and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Riggins is the Director of the NeuroCognitive Development Laboratory where she studies memory development by examining changes in neural substrates in infants and children.