William Paterson University
TRAINING THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE: BRINGING UNDERGRADUATES INTO DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH
Undergraduate students gain experience in research labs that prepares them for more than graduate school. This talk will focus on ways to give undergraduates, whose time in a research lab is quite short, meaningful experience that also advances a research agenda involving studies that take years. Using research from several labs, I will examine multiple strategies for integrating undergraduates into ongoing developmental research in ways that are both useful to the research and the students.
Amy Learmonth is a developmental psychologist and a professor of psychology at William Paterson University. She earned an AB in psychology from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Temple University. Dr. Learmonth’s research interests are rooted in questions about the nature and mechanisms of imitation, memory, and spatial development through the preschool years. She has spent most of her career studying the development of cognition in typically developing children but has recently begun to explore imitation in children with autism. She also runs a large undergraduate lab and sponsors 8-12 honors theses per year as the director of the cognitive science honors program at William Paterson. She has been a member of EPA since 2000, served as the developmental member of the program committee and on the board of EPA. She has published numerous articles in high impact peer reviewed journals and has presented over 30 posters and talks at EPA in the last 15 years.