LABORATORY DIRECTOR A. Rebecca Neal-Beevers, Ph.D. Psychology Research Scientist, Department of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin
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A. Rebecca Neal, Ph.D., director of the Child Development in Context Laboratory, received a dual program doctorate in child clinical and applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. She completed her internship and an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Children at Risk, part of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Neal joined the psychology department at the University of Texas in January 2005 as a research fellow and lecturer. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in January 2009. Dr. Neal has received grant funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her research program focuses on the identification of markers and mechanisms of developmental delay in at risk populations. Current projects include an examination of the development of joint attention and regulatory function at-risk infants and toddlers. A second, and related line of study is focused on the social-emotional and social-cognitive functioning of children affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Bridget Catherine Gamber joined the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and the CDCL in the fall of 2010. She completed her undergraduate studies with honors in Psychology and Studio Art at the University of Miami. Bridget conducted her undergraduate thesis under the direction of Heather Henderson and Peter Mundy. The project assessed gaze following deficits in adolescents with high-functioning autism using eye-tracking technology. She has worked with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities since 2005.
Bridget is currently focused on exploring prodromal symptoms in infants at elevated risk for autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, she is interested in examining differences in joint-attention development and their relation to language and diagnostic outcomes. Identifying markers of developmental delay will facilitate early detection and intervention for individuals with autism.
Jessie-Raye Bodenhamer completed her undergraduate studies in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego. Prior to moving to Texas, Jessie-Raye worked as a research assistant for Dr. Jeanne Townsend at the Research on Aging and Development Lab at UC San Diego investigating attentional mechanisms in children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and William’s Syndrome. She was involved in several projects using EEG experimental design, ERP analysis and eye-tracking technology. Jessie-Raye also worked for Dr. Gary Cottrell and Dr. Teri Lawton at UC San Diego administering visual interventions in elementary schools throughout San Diego County. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate schools and aspires to begin graduate studies next year in the field of developmental neuroscience.
2009-2010 LAB PHOTO
From left to right, Arianna Stefanatos, Rebecca Neal, Daniel Faso, Renee Guenther, Natalie Raff, Kathleen Seybt, Hang Phan, and Lorena Urbina.