Core Faculty

Joan Barth, PhD, research interests include peer relations and gender stereotypes related to career interests.  https://issr.ua.edu/directory/dr-joan-barth/

 Frances Conners, PhD, research interests include developmental disabilities, down syndrome, reading and cognitive development.  https://fconners.people.ua.edu/

Ansley Gilpin, PhD, research interests include imagination and pretend play, executive functions, and school readiness interventions.  https://atullos.people.ua.edu/

Andrea Glenn, PhD, research interests include biological pathways contributing to aggression and psychopathic traits, informing developmental interventions, and psychophysiology.  https://aglenn.people.ua.edu/

Caitlin Hudac, PhD, research interests include brain development through the lifespan, social cognition, and cognitive neuroscience (EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, and MRI).  https://cydi.ua.edu/core-faculty.html

Rajesh Kana, PhD, research interests include autism spectrum disorders, cognitive neuroscience, and brain imaging.  https://autismcluster.ua.edu/faculty.html

Kristina McDonald, PhD, research interests include aggression, adolescent peer relationships and social cognition.  https://klmcdonald.people.ua.edu/

Edward Merrill, PhD, research interests include developmental disabilities, down syndrome, and wayfinding.  https://emerrill.people.ua.edu/

Ian McDonough, PhD, research interests include memory in older adults, neuropsychological, physiological and methodological tests of memory.  https://immcdonough.people.ua.edu/

Jeffrey Parker, PhD, research interests include friendships and jealousy, adolescent peer relationships, self-esteem, and youth civic engagement.  https://psychology.ua.edu/classification/faculty/

Mengya Xia, PhD, research interests include child and family adolescent well-being in the family and other ecological systems, quantitative methods, and informing strength-based interventions. https://psychology.ua.edu/classification/faculty/