Developmental
Intelligence Lab

Principal Investigator
Chen Yu, Ph.D.

Charles and Sarah Seay Regents Professor of Developmental Psychology

Email: chen.yu@austin.utexas.edu | Office: SEA 4.230

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Rochester, 2004

Postdoctoral Researchers
Ryan Peters, Ph.D.

CV | Email: ryerpete@iu.edu

Ph.D., Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, 2019

Research interests: Attention, Early word learning, Lexico-semantic development, Language input quality, Multimodal parent scaffolding

Yayun Zhang, Ph.D.

Email: yayunzhang@utexas.edu

Ph.D., Psychology and Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2020

B.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Research interests: Early word learning, Statistical learning, Attention

Graduate Students
Sara Schroer

CV | Email: saraschroer@utexas.edu

M.A., Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 2020

B.A. Psychology, Cornell University, 2017

Research interests: Parent-infant interactions, Early word learning, Attention, Motor Development

Julia Yurkovic

CV | Email: jyurkovi@iu.edu

B.S., Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester, 2015

B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, 2015

Research interests: Autism, Parent-child interactions, Attention & action

Andrei Amatuni

CV | Email: andreiamatuni@utexas.edu

B.S., Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester, 2015

Research interests: Attention, Statistical learning, Computational models

Annissa Saleh

CV | Email: a.saleh@utexas.edu

B.A., Individualized Study, New York University, 2020

Research interests: Language acquisition, parent-child interaction, cross-cultural learning, motor development

Lab Manager
Alyssa Yarbrough

CV | Email: alyssa.yarbrough@utexas.edu

B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2021

Research Staff
Christian Jerry

Email: cmjerry@iu.edu

B.S., Psychology, Indiana University, 2021

Zayne Sprague

Email: zaynesprague@utexas.edu

B.S., Computer Science , University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Computer Science , University of Texas at Austin, 2023 (expected)

Research Assistants
Ayanna Fisher

Email: ayannadf@utexas.edu

B.S.A., Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin, 2023 (expected)

Yasmin Farahani

Email: yasminfarahani@utexas.edu

B.S., Human Biology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2024 (expected)

Former Lab Members
Name Lab Position Current Position
Linda Ngo Research Assistant current position
Elizabeth Linhart-Musikant Research Assistant current position
Natalie Mardoian Research Assistant current position
Ellis Cain Research Assistant current position
Dian Zhi Lab Manager current position
Lauren Slone, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher current position
Drew Abney, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher current position
Sven Bambach, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher current position
Catalina Suarez-Rivera, Ph.D. Ph.D. Student current position
Umay Suanda, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher current position
Charlene Ty, M.S. Project Manager current position
Daniel Pearcy Lab Manager current position
Chuan Luo Research Assistant current position
Anting Chen Lab Manager current position
Seth Foster MS Student and Lab Technician current position
Steven Elmlinger Lab Manager current position
Chen Chi-Hsin (Esther), Ph.D. Post-doc fellow current position
Yihui (Cece) Jiao Student and Web designer current position
Alex Romberg, Ph.D. Post-doc fellow current position
John Franchak, Ph.D. Post-doc fellow current position
Stanley Huang Research Assistant current position
Hao Lu MS student current position
Melissa Elston Lab Manager current position
Dan Yurovsky, Ph.D. Ph.D. student current position
George Kachergis, Ph.D. Ph.D. student current position
Hui Zhang, Ph.D. Ph.D. student & Research Scientist current position
Yiwen Zhong, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar current position
Thomas Smith Software engineer current position
Alfredo Pereira Ph.D. student and Post-doc fellow current position
Hongwei Shen MS student current position
Amanda Favata Lab Manager current position
Lei Pei MS student current position
Seehyun Kim MS student current position
Thomas Baker, Ph.D. Post-doc fellow current position
Krystal Klein, Ph.D. Ph.D. student current position
Brian Riordan, Ph.D. Post-doc fellow current position
Samantha Brandfon Lab Manager current position

University of Texas - Austin | Department of Psychology

Lab email: chenyulab@austin.utexas.edu | Address: 108 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78712

Designed by Andrei Amatuni, Yayun Zhang, Dian Zhi