Professor and Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences; Department Representative for COSI majors & minors
Mather Memorial Building 127A, Cleveland Hearing and Speech 334
The primary focus of my research is to explain what makes each of us unique in terms of genetic and environmental causes. Most of my work has explored the development of cognitive skills, temperament, and language from infancy through childhood using siblings, twins and genetic techniques. I am particularly interested in how the genetic code is translated into complex behavior at the level of brain function.
I have two collaborative studies ongoing in my laboratory funded through the Ohio State University and the National Institutes of Health. One explores early environmental influences on reading skills in twins using a longitudinal design. The second study, explores math skills in twins and their parents. Several of my students are studying the cognitive skills important for mathematical problem solving.