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Tracy Riggins, Ph.D.    [CV]
Associate Professor • Department of Psychology • Biology/Psychology Building 2147J

Tracy Riggins received her Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 2005. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric neuroimaging at the University of California, Davis and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore. The goal of her research program is to provide better understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates supporting this ability. The empirical research conducted in her laboratory involves both typically developing children and children at-risk for cognitive impairments and uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies. Findings from her research have revealed that early childhood is a time of rapid change in children’s ability to remember life events. She was just awarded a large 5-year grant from NIH to examine these changes in memory in children aged 4 to 8 years. Find more information on her new study here.
Dr. Riggins currently teaches an undergraduate course in Developmental Psychology (PSYC355) and a graduate seminar on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.


Current Graduate Students


Kelsey Canada  

Kelsey is a second-year graduate student in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Area of the Psychology Department. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology and Communication Studies. Her research interests include the development of episodic memory and memory networks in children.


Morgan Botdorf  

Morgan is a first-year graduate student in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Area of the Psychology Department. She graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology. Her research interests include the relationship between memory networks and improvements in episodic memory in children.



Postdoctoral Research Assistants


Fengji Geng 

Fengji Geng is a postdoctoral research associate at the Neurocognitive Development Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2012. She completed 1-year postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan before joining the Neurocognitive Development Lab. She is interested in investigating the neural correlates of early cognitive development in typical and atypical populations.



Faculty Research Assistants


Lisa Cox

College of William and Mary (2014)
Major: Linguistics, Psychology
lmcox@umd.edu



Jake Hansen

University of California, Davis (2017)
Major: Psychology
jkhansen@umd.edu



Undergraduate Students and Post-baccalaureate RAs


Ada Wong

Alexa Noppenberger

Arcadia Ewell

Avi Eisenstein

Carli Fine

Elianna Lopez

Elizabeth Dolin

Jessica Grisez

Kelly Walsh

Lauren Rather

Nimra Naeem

Nina Shea

Sonali Patel


Lab Alumni


Abby Hsiung

Agnes Varghese

Alan Siegel

Alice Jackson, Ph.D

Alison Gruber

Alison Robey, Ph.D

Allie Isrin

Allison Jean

Amber Wallace

Amna Zehra

Anastasiya Filippova

Andrew Cherenzia

Andrew Garinther

Becka Banerjee

Bridget Sundel

Brittany Baum

Chris Parker

Clara Ehrman

Dana Schindler

Daniela Vasquez

Danielle Flores

Dasylia Willoughby

Dayna Mazza

Dee Adedipe

Eliana Sudikoff

Elizabeth Woytowicz

Emily Burr

Emily Kim

Erin Van Seeters

Faith Champion

Galya Oberman

Giovanna Morini, Ph.D

Hima Patel

Jamie Rosen

Jamie Schwartz

Janet Adelola

Jeanne Caron

Jennifer Taylor

Jenny Sloane

Jessica Albrecht

Jessica Kreuger

Jon Segars

Jordana Zwerling

Julie Adhya

Kaitlyn Gardner

Katherine Lopez

Kelsey Woods

Kemy Ndubuizu

Kimia Abtahi

Kishan Dharmasena

Kyle Schiller

Laura Prindeze

Lauren Howard

Lauren Rabon

Lauren Weiss

Leslie Rollins, Ph.D

Lia Rios

Lindsay Gerber

Liz Mulligan

Louis Marti

M. Graciela Mujica

Maggie Sundel

Maria Massiani

Marissa Clark

Martin Folkoff

Meghan Graham, M.S.

Melissa Robinson

Meredith Polm

Mills Wallace

Naeha Gupta

Nari Lee

Nikki Schoenbrun

Nikki Thaker

Noah Myers

Pooja Patel

Poorna Sreekumar

Pradhab Kirupaharan

Preston Ge

Rachel Peissner

Rae Herman

Samantha Holder

Samuel Seidenberg

Sarah Blankenship, Ph.D

Sarah Dean

Sarah TanVeer

Schuyler Ames

Selamawit Addissie

Shane Wise

Shannon Janney

Sharon Amir

Sope Lanlokun

Stephanie Lidd

Stephanie Lighter

Sucheta Swaminathan

Tammy Tran

Theresa Bullen

Vanessa Williams, M.S.

Victoria Smith

Zachary Cherna