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.

CV | 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

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

Lab Manager
Dian Zhi

Email: dianzhi@iu.edu

B.A., Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2019

B.S., Psychology, Indiana University, 2019

Research Staff
Elizabeth Linhart-Musikant

Email: elinhart@iu.edu

B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, 2020

B.A., Criminal Justice, Indiana University, 2020

Natalie Mardoian

Email: nataliemardoian@gmail.com

B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, 2020

Linda Ngo

Email: ln.lindango@gmail.com

B.S., Human Biology, Indiana University, 2020

Research Assistants
Ellis Cain

CV | Email: escain@iu.edu

B.S., Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2021 (expected)

B.A., East Asian Languages and Culture, Indiana University, 2021 (expected)

Christian Jerry

Email: cmjerry@iu.edu

B.S., Psychology, Indiana University, 2021 (expected)

Former Lab Members
Name Lab Position 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 RA 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 RA 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