Preschool Research Group, Florida Center for Reading Research. Lab manager for Dr. Christopher Lonigan's large scale RCT studies focusing on emergent literacy skills for preschool children at-risk of reading failure. Past projects have examined early intervention in the area of language and literacy skills, varying models of professional development, and the response to instruction for children with disabilities. Current projects focus on language of instruction for preschool Spanish speaking English-language learners and reading for understanding for children from pre-k through 5th grade.
I provide support and protocol development for Dr. Elizabeth Hammock's neuroscience lab. Here we are exploring the role of oxytocin and arginine vasopressin receptors and their ligands on the development of social behavior in the neonatal brain. My focus is on the molecular biology of these early neural systems.
Provides expert advice and assistance to Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology at FSU for everything from tissue preparation, sectioning, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization, to EM and confocal microscope.
Interested and involved in research examining the effects of environmental and endogenous factors on neural plasticity.
Assistant in Research for Dr. Chris Lonigan's Reading for Understanding grant projects at the Florida Center for Reading Research. These projects are exploring: 1) the role of inhibitory skill in the acquisition of reading skills and 2) the eye-movement behavior of skilled vs. less skilled readers. Recent research has focused on the development of component processes of reading comprehension (i.e., memory, knowledge access, knowledge integration, and inferencing) in school-age children. Potential avenues for future research include harnessing rapidly advancing technologies (e.g., mobile computing) in the data collection process to augment and streamline existing practices and, more importantly, to gain access to behavioral data that has previously been unavailable to researchers.
(1) Neurobiology of social attachment in a model system of monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). (2) Social and drug reward interactions and underlying mechanisms in prairie voles.
(3) Environmental and hormonal regulation of adult neurogenesis in voles.
Neurobiological foundations underlying estradiol's anorexigenic effect and the development of activity-based anorexia in female rats. Current studies include investigations of 1) how estradiol modulates the activity of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) and the serotonin system and 2) molecular mechanisms that influence susceptibility to activity-based anorexia.
Research Associate, Florida Center for Reading Research. Lab Manager for Richard K. Wagner and proud alumna of the FSU Psychology Department (1990). I am assisting with the NIH Grant P50 HD052120 projects that include defining and understanding reading development and disabilities, writing development and disabilities, the impact of environment and genetics on literacy development and disabilities and attention and reading skills/disabilities in young children. I am interested in the statistical modeling of literacy development as well as the dissemination of research and translation of our research into practice.
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