Headshots May 9 (Photo by Kelley Van Dilla) (127 of 128) (1)Vikram Jaswal is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is a developmental psychologist whose work has addressed a range of topics in typical development, including in word learning, categorization, memory development, and social cognition. His current research focuses on communication in autism—specifically, the cognitive and social processes underlying communication in nonspeaking autistics, and how some parents and their nonspeaking children develop unconventional but successful ways of communicating with each other. His work is inspired and informed by the lived experiences of autistic children and adults and their families. Learn more about the perspective and approach of the Jaswal Lab. Email Dr. Jaswal


andrewAndrew Lampi earned his Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he also earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology. He is interested in learning about the development of social relationships of children with autism, and the compounding impacts these relationships can have on their well-being. Andrew enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing, as well as rooting for his hometown teams: the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetZoe Sargent earned her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from Liberty University. She is excited to join the Jaswal Lab and continue research on language and communication development in autistic individuals as well as communication between parent and autistic child. Outside of school, Zoe loves to travel, and her goal is to visit all 50 states and all 7 continents. She also enjoys hiking, spending time with her dog, going to the beach, reading, and trying new foods.

kayden.jpgKayden Stockwell earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and human development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is interested in how Autistic people interact and communicate with each other and with neurotypical people. If Kayden had a day to himself, he would spend it hiking, horseback riding, listening to musical theatre tunes, or reading Star Wars books.



Ashley Sullender is a 3rd year Psychology major with a minor in Health and Wellbeing. After graduating, she plans on getting her doctorate in psychology in the hopes of working in private practice and assessment settings. In her free time, Ashley can be found watching reality tv, doing yoga, or using her beloved label maker.



brynnBrynn Chavira is a 3rd year double majoring in Psychology and Youth and Social Innovation through the Curry School. After graduation, she hopes to earn a PhD in clinical psychology in pursuit of becoming a Clinical Psychologist for children. In her free time, she is active in her sorority and currently serves as Sisterhood Chair.

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.11.35 PMXara Davies is a fourth year from Birmingham, England and is a member of the English Department’s Distinguished Majors Program at UVA. Xara is very involved with the autistic community on-grounds and in greater Charlottesville, where she is the Madison House Program Director for Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy. Xara’s hobbies include traveling, writing, theatre and watching Grey’s Anatomy.


Camille Favero is a 4th year studying Cognitive Science and Drama. After graduation she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatric neurology. Outside of class, you can find her competing for the varsity tennis team. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and acting.



DJ Jimenez is a 3rd year Psychology major with an intended minor in Computer Science. He is pursuing a career in medicine and has an open mind as to the specific type of doctor. He enjoys volunteering with children and coaching a local soccer team in the Charlottesville area. His hobbies are tennis and fly fishing.


Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.14.29 PMMadeline Luehr is a fourth year Cognitive Science major, concentrating in Neuroscience with a minor in studio art. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a degree in public health. In her free time, she likes to travel, spend time on the lake, and explore Charlottesville’s food scene.



Denica Obis is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology. She hopes to continue with her education to pursue a career in counseling or social work. Outside of classes, she is involved with UVA Orientation and New Student Programs, American Red Cross Club, and Madison House where she enjoys volunteering at UVA Hospital. She also enjoys cooking, watching sports, and exploring Charlottesville.

saminaSamina Singh is a third year Cognitive Science major, concentrating in Neuroscience, and a hopeful Spanish minor. She hopes to continue her education by attending medical school and becoming a pediatric physician. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with both kids and grownups, exploring Charlottesville and the surrounding area, and discovering new music and TV.



Graduate Students

Marissa Drell, PhD 2018
Shaina Rowell, PhD 2017, currently at Washington University in St. Louis, website
Robyn Kondrad, PhD 2013, currently at James Madison University, website
Carrie Palmquist, PhD 2013, currently at Amherst College, website

Distinguished Majors Program Students

Heather Burns, Caitlin Cole, Claire Galdun, Nora Kramer, Jessica Lunsford, Leslie Neely, Maura O’Fallon, Allison Parcell, Hannah Repke, Sydney Sampson, Shannon Savell, Jenna Small, Lauren Tindall

Undergraduate RAs

Kara Abshire, Keelah Andrews, Jennifer Bailey, Izzy Begej, Adrianne Bell, Brenna Broadus, Kate Brunick, Sydney Cadogan, Caitlin Carnell, Christin Chambers, Angelica Chang, Laura Chennette, Christina Cheung, Grace Chiarella, Michelle Cox, Ann Chung, Taylor Clark, Mira Cole, Morgan Crawford, Carrington Croft, Katya Davydova, Andrea DeLeon, Lucy Emery, Sarah Fredrik, Julie Furst, Lillian Gaertner, Lindsay Goldman, Katherine Gould, Cindy Gray, Sally Gustafson, Christina Hammond, Gillian Hatch, Lauren Hayden, Elizabeth Hobbs, Andrew How, Tiffany Hwang, Jordan Jackson, Anam Jafri, Charlotte Jump, Katherine Kettler, Erin Kirchoff, Johanna Kreafle, David Lessard, Sally Lewis, Doo Lim, Beth Luder, Jennifer Luu, Lauren Malone, Lanita McCullerses, Emma McDonald, Brittany McLaughlin, Ashley Meinhardt, Nevin Meissner, Derek Meyers, Bessie Miller, Hira Mohyuddin, Kim Morris, Ashwin Murali, Susanna Murrell, Mayra Perez, Sarah Puckett, Lobna Raya, Jenny Redmond, Blair Robertson, Emily Rogers, Roy Ruhling, Natalie Ryan, Hannah Schmidt, Alison Setia, Jasleen Singh, Shubhangi Sinha, Kelsey Sundby, Rachel Sylla, Julie Torres, Linh Tran, Ngan Tran, Amanda Tu, Erin Vines, Thuy Vuong, Amanda Walker, Molly Wallace, Anna Walters, Cristina Wilcox, Ida Yonas


Nameera Akhtar, Department of Psychology, University of California–Santa Cruz, website
Janette Dinishak, Department of Philosophy, University of California–Santa Cruz, website

Morton Gernsbacher, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, website
Chuck Kalish, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, website
Matthew Lerner, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, website
Christine Stephan, Harrisonburg, VA, website
Jennifer Stevenson, Department of Psychology, Ursinus College, website
Elizabeth Vosseller, Growing Kids Therapy Center, website