Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Training Area: Human Development
Research Interests: Cognitive Development in Infants and Toddlers; Motor Development in Infants and Toddlers
I am an experimental psychologist, with expertise in cognitive and motor development. I invented a goal-directed, locomotor task to study the interaction between disparate developmental domains—cognition and locomotion—in infancy. The task examines the effect of locomotor expertise on the development of the ability to inhibit. My other primary research program focuses on infants’ “whole-body” tool use and the effects of locomotor experience, proficiency, exploratory behavior, and ability to modify strategies on infants’ ability to use a handrail to augment balance. My research also focuses on the simultaneous development of different psychological domains, such as how the relationship between social interactions or language development and motor development shape each other. I direct the Child Development Lab at the College of Staten Island, which uses longitudinal and cross-sectional designs and video coding software for data coding. I have established ties to the community to recruit participants and have a long tradition of successfully mentoring dozens of undergraduate and graduate research assistants.