Accepting Students

Joan Barth, Senior Research Social Scientist

306 E. Paul Bryant Drive Office 201 | (205) 348- | jbarth@ua.edu


  • social-emotional development
  • gender differences in science and math education experiences
  • adolescent risk behaviors
  • children’s decision making skills
  • education contexts
  • neurocognitive development in young children

Frances Conners

Frances A. Conners, Professor and Chair

352B Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-7913 | fconners@ua.edu


  • language and cognition in individuals with intellectual disabilities

Ansley Gilpin

Ansley Tullos Gilpin, Associate Professor and Director of Experimental Psychology

192 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 | agilpin@ua.edu


  • fantasy orientation and pretend play
  • executive functions
  • school readiness
  • children’s use of testimony (information from other people) to learn about the world
  • imaginary companions (mean and nice)
  • children’s understanding of fantasy/reality,
  • development of religiosity
  • pretend play’s role in early childhood intervention (ASD)

Andrea Glenn

Andrea Glenn, Associate Professor

101-E McMillan Building | 205-565-8352 | andrea.l.glenn@ua.edu


  • psychopathy
  • callous/unemotional traits in youth
  • biologically-based prevention and intervention
  • fMRI
  • hormones
  • morality
  • Neuroethics

Caitlin M Hudac, Assistant Professor Core Faculty in CYDI

101G McMillan Building | (205) 348-2123 | cmhudac@ua.edu

  • Brain development across the lifespan
  • Infant and child cognition and socio-emotional development
  • Genetic factors of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder)

Kristina McDonald, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

257AA Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-6320 | klmcdonald2@ua.edu


  • precursors and consequences for youth who endorse hostile social motivations
  • how friendship interactions may influence social cognitions
  • how social context (e.g., school diversity) may affect peer relationships
  • how physiological reactivity to social threat interacts with social cognitions to predict behavior

Ian M. McDonough, Assistant Professor

410-A Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 737-3442 | immcdonough@ua.edu


  • episodic memory
  • intelligence
  • aging
  • structure and functional neuroimaging
  • dynamic fluctuations of brain activity
  • biomarkers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease
  • intervention
  • Health Disparities

Edward Merrill, Professor

195 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-1932 | emerrill@ua.edu


  • cognitive development
  • developmental disabilities
  • down syndrome and language
  • down syndrome and wayfinding
  • implicit cognition and decision making
  • sex differences in cognitive abilities

Mengya Xia, Assistant Professor

169 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 | mxia3@ua.edu


-Family systems processes and adolescent well-being

-Contextual and individual factors that promote individual competence and social-emotional development

-Mixture modeling (e.g., LPA/LCA), multilevel modeling, dynamical systems models, and other methods for intensive longitudinal data design

-Family-centered preventive intervention on individuals positive development