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Kate Shepard, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP
Kate earned her PhD in Psychological Sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in French. She received her MS degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a speech-language pathologist with experience working with infants and toddlers in early intervention. Kate's research focuses on infants' early communicative behaviors, with specific interest in how infants perceive infant-directed faces, or the exaggerated facial expressions we make when interacting with and talking to babies. Current projects are investigating how infants look at our faces when we are talking to them by using an eye-tracking system to track babies' eye movements. Future work will investigate the role of the face in infants' language development.
Claire Noonan, BA
Claire graduated with a degree in Biology from Columbia University in 2009. Her work as an ABA therapist for children with autism inspired her to be currently working towards her Master of Science degree in Psychological Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology – especially the early identification of developmental disabilities such as autism – as well as infant cognition. Following graduation from the Master's program in May of 2014, Claire plans to pursue her doctoral degree in the field.
Elizabeth Wilson, BS
Elizabeth joined the Infant Learning Project in August of 2013, and is currently working toward her MS in Psychological Sciences. She graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2012 with a BS in Psychology. Her research interests include emotion regulation and psychopathy in children and adolescents.
Fariba Davoodi, BS
Fariba graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in the spring of 2013 with her BS in Psychology and Child Learning Development. She is currently working on her Master's degree in Psychological Sciences. She adores infants even more since she started working in the Infant Learning Project Lab and enjoys working with children of all ages. Fariba is planning to pursue her doctoral degree in Psychological Sciences or Clinical Psychology.
Dolores is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas. As an undergraduate student she is double majoring in Psychology and Child Learning Development. She hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy after graduation in May 2014. She enjoys working with children of all ages and completed two years with UT Dallas Jumpstart, a program focused on developing children's reading abilities before entering kindergarten. She enjoys Asian cuisine, a good laugh, playing with her nieces and nephews, and spending time with her loved ones.
Mariah is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Psychology major. After graduation in December 2013, Mariah hopes to pursue her Master's degree in Psychological Sciences and her Doctorate in Experimental Psychology. She plans to work in research in the future, and her research interests include child development and personality disorders.
Madeeha is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Exercise Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. She plans to attend medical school after graduation and has an interest in psychology research. She enjoys working with children, spending time with family and friends, exploring new places, trying out new foods, reading and running!
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