The Child Cognition Lab

University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ

Research Team
Lab Managers
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Elizabeth Salvagio Campbell, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems, Infant Lab Coordinator
Elizabeth is a eighth-year PhD student in the Cognition & Neural Systems program at the University of Arizona and the Lab Coordinator of infant studies. She studies how infants and adults see objects. For information about Elizabeth’s studies, contact her here.
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Sara Frye, doctoral student, Infant Lab Coordinator
Sara has worked in the Child Cognition Lab since 2009 as a undergraduate. She is now a second-year PhD student in School Psychology and the Lab Coordinator of infant studies. As an undergraduate honors student, she did her thesis with 4.5 month old babies examining how they learn about objects in the world. As a graduate student, she is now interested in how chronic illnesses and disabilities impact educational outcomes. For more info about Sara’s studies, contact her here.
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Ayya Hudaybergenova, Assistant Lab Coordinator
Ayya has worked in the lab since January, 2012. She graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona in December, 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and cooking cuisines of the world.
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Rachel Yourison, Assistant Lab Coordinator
Rachel graduated from the U of A with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2012. She did her thesis with 17 month old babies, looking at how sleep affected their ability to learn language. She is currently the Assistant Lab Manager at Tigger. For more info about Rachel’s studies, contact her here.
Graduate Students
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Michelle Sandoval, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems
Michelle has worked in the lab since May, 2005. Her studies are on the topics of lexical segmentation (the 7.5 month study), the acquisition of lexical categories (the 15 month study), and word learning (the 3-year-old study). For more info about Michelle’s studies, contact her here.


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Katharine Newman-Smith, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems and Clinical Neuropsychology
Katharine Newman-Smith is a fifth-year doctoral student. Prior to coming to Tucson, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Joseph Campos (Infant Studies Lab), Dr. Allison Harvey (Sleep and Psychological Disorders Lab) and Dr. Matt Walker (Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab). Currently, Katharine’s interests lie in the junction of sleep, memory, and cognitive development. Katharine currently runs our study exploring sleeping patterns in 6-month-old infants, conditions under which adults' memories are modifiable, and an fMRI reconsolidation study. For more info about Katharine’s studies, contact her here.
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Laura Rose Colosimo, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems
Laura is a first year PhD student in the cognition and neural systems program. She graduated with a BA in psychology from UCLA in 2012. Laura is interested in perceptual and language development. For more info about Laura’s studies, contact her here.


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Katherine Esterline, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems
Katie is a first year PhD student in the Cognition & Neural Systems program. Originally from Missouri, Katie graduated with a BS in Psychology in 2011. Prior to coming to the U of A, she worked as a Sleep Research Tech at Brown University. Katie is interested in the role of sleep in memory consolidation in infants and young children. For more info about Katie’s studies, contact her here.
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Natalie Bryant, doctoral student in Cognition and Neural Systems
Originally from Normal, Illinois (yes, Normal), Natalie completed her bachelor’s in 2008 and has since worked with teenagers both as a counselor and a researcher. Notably, she was awarded the Dement Fellowship with Dr. Mary Carskadon at Brown University, a prestigious position working with one of the luminaries in adolescent sleep research. Natalie’s research pursuits include adolescent circadian changes and memory consolidation, cortisol and memory processing during sleep, and creative insights resulting from sleep. In her free time, Natalie enjoys traveling, learning Italian, and playing the entire catalogue of Regina Spektor on the piano. For more info about Katie’s studies, contact her here.
Former Lab Members
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Kalim Gonzales, Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural Systems
After working with Tigger Lab, Kalim recieved a faculty position at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China). To contact Kalim for information about his current work, click here.



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Almut Hupbach, Assistant Professor
Almut recieved her Ph.D from University of Trier (Germany) in 2000. After her work with the Tigger Lab, she recieved a position as Assistant Professor at Lehigh University. To see her current work click here.



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Jill Lany, Assistant Professor
Jill recieved her Ph.D. from the U of A in 2007 and is now an assistant professor at Norte Dame. To see her current work click here.