Deena Weisberg, Ph.D.
✿ Dr. Weisberg is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Cognition & Development Lab. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed postdoctoral training at Rutgers University and Temple University. Dr. Weisberg’s primary research interest is in the development of imaginative cognition. Her research investigates the nature of young children’s interactions with pretend games, fictional stories, and hypothetical scenarios, as well as the role that these imaginative processes play in development. Specifically, her current projects explore how children’s imaginative capacities can aid their nascent scientific reasoning skills. Dr. Weisberg additionally studies children’s and adults’ understanding of scientific explanations and the nature of science at the Penn Laboratory for Understanding Science.
✿ Elysia graduated from New York University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is interested in how children learn about the world and hopes to pursue a PhD in cognitive development in the future. In her free time, she likes to run, explore new restaurants, and go camping with her friends.
✿ Elena is in the class of 2018 majoring in Psychology and minoring both in Biological Basis of Behavior and Religious Studies. After graduating, Elena plans on pursuing either a doctorate degree in Psychology. On campus, she serves on the executive board of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and is a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time Elena enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
✿ Amanda graduated from Boston University in 2016, with a bachelor’s degree (and teaching license) in early childhood education and a minor in psychology. She is interested in researching how children’s early learning is shaped by their social context with a strong commitment to developing practical classroom applications. She hopes to pursue a PhD in human development, with a focus on early child development and school readiness. When she is not working, she likes to cook and spend time with friends and family!
✿ Yubin is a member of the class of 2020 pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Statistics. She is also a member of the Varsity Women’s Golf team and directs the marketing team for Hult Prize Ivy. During her free time, she loves to play with children, paint, and visit new restaurants.
✿ Jia is a graduate student majoring in Education. She is interested in researching the role of imaginative cognition in children’s development of scientific reasoning, and she intends to figure out the influence of arts, as a tool to develop imaginative cognition, on children’s science learning. She hopes to be a curriculum developer with a focus on STEM education in a non-profit organization. When she is not working, she likes exploring Philly with friends and reading books.
✿ Calais Cronin is a member of the class of 2021 interested in majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she is a member of the Petey Greene program and participates in the stage crew for the V-Day movement on campus. She enjoys exploring Center City, playing basketball, traveling with her older sister, and playing with her two nephews.
Jane Reznik Emily Hopkins, Ph.D. Jordan Taylor
Lab Manager Postdoctoral Researcher Graduate Student
Past Research Assistants
Miranda Meketon, 2018 Emily Marucci, 2018 Sydney Morris, 2018
Meagan Dollard, 2018 Aileen Scullin-Turcich, 2018 Alexandra Ham, 2018
Sabrina Elkassas, 2018 Kelly Kennedy, 2018 Janis Ripoll-Garigga, 2019
Annie Freeman, 2018 Ariel Epstein, 2018 Joyce Pan, 2018
Jahnavi Rao, 2016 Matthew Dong, 2017 Chloe Schwartz, 2017
Jill Castellano, 2016 Sirmina Dremsizova, 2017 Anjeli Elkins, 2016
Lody Friedman, 2016 Carla Hernandez, 2015 Gilana Jaffe, 2015
Candace Mariso, 2016 Connor McLaren, 2016 Divya Ramesh, 2016
Natasha Rivera, 2015 Nate Stauffer, 2016 Phoebe Wang, 2015