Assistant Research Professor
Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1999
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Centers, Institutes, Other, Newark; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Cognition and Early Development, the Study of Attentional Processes and Speed of Processing in Traditional and Non-traditional Populations.
Academic Interests and Plans
I have worked with normal and at-risk groups in the United States, Guatemala, and China, studying developmental processes in low birth weight children, intraruterine growth restricted infants, malnourished children, and in populations with specific nutritional deficiencies (iodine). In these groups, I have pursued my interests in infant information processing and the role of microsystems (e.g. early nutrition, prenatal insult, biological risk, and parental characteristics) and macrosystems (e.g. cultural beliefs and practices regarding child rearing, notion of intelligence in the context of culture) on early cognitive development.
Currently, I direct and implement the Infant Studies Laboratory study on electrocortical and behavioral measures of temporal integration as predictors of speech development.