Elizabeth is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in their School Psychology Doctoral program. Her interests pertain to how brain-behavior relationships translate into academic achievement for young students. She is particularly interested in cognitive abilities that translate into being able to learn, whether that means paying attention, sitting still or getting along with peers. She is especially interested in the preschool age, and identifying what sorts of cognitive or behavioral skills most predict success when children enter schools. Elizabeth is also interested in children who may have difficulties in a school setting, like children with ASD or ADHD. From a more policy perspective, her goal is for all children to have access to a quality education, and for this to be accessible to children regardless of background, location, or income.
Before graduate school, Elizabeth worked at the Duke Center for Autism in Durham, NC on a number of projects that used lots of different methods for obtaining information on child development, whether using EEG (a way to measure electrical signals the brain communicates with), computer vision (we record a video, and engineers are able to write codes that detect certain patterns, sort of like how your camera knows where the people are in a photo), interviews with parents, as well as play based interactions with the children. Before that, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She worked in a lab there that studied preschoolers’ development of concept knowledge. For instance, they studied where preschoolers thought food came from, or if certain actions were harmful to the environment. She also worked in a lab that studied the abilities that predicted positive outcomes for students in college, for example, personality traits or personal outlooks that predicted they would not experience significant mental health problems during college.
In her spare time she enjoys watching documentaries and reality cooking shows, hiking, and eating ice cream. She is always open to questions, comments, and collaborators (research or in the community!)