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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 and social interaction in autism. 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



Andrew 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.

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Zoe 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 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.


Emily Moore is a 4th year double majoring in Speech Communication Disorders and Cognitive Science. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in speech-language pathology. She is an active member of the Charlottesville Debate League through which she coaches middle school students. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and making puns.


Valerie Swisher is a fourth year student from Westmont College majoring in psychology. She joined the Jaswal Lab as part of the Leadership Alliance Summer Research – Early Identification Program. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, doing yoga, and hiking.


Gabriella Napoli is an English and Psychology major, hoping to pursue a career in clinical or developmental psychology. Outside of classes, she is a member of the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union and a volunteer at Madison House. She also currently interns at Little Keswick School.

Chelsea Rodi is a second year intending to major in Psychology and minor in Health and Wellbeing. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with kids, baking, going to the beach, and kayaking.


Graduate Students

Marissa Drell, PhD 2018, currently at Deloitte Consulting
Shaina Rowell, PhD 2017, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Washington University

Robyn Kondrad, PhD 2013, Assistant Professor, James Madison University
Carrie Palmquist, PhD 2013, Associate Professor, Amherst College

Distinguished Majors Program Students

Heather Burns, Mary Isaac Cargill, Brynn Chavira, Caitlin Cole, Claire Galdun, Nora Kramer, Jessica Lunsford, Elyse Morris, 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, Xara Davies, Katya Davydova, Andrea DeLeon, Lindsey Eller, Lucy Emery, Camille Favero, 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, Madeline Luehr, 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, Denica Obis, Mayra Perez, Sarah Puckett, Lobna Raya, Jenny Redmond, Blair Robertson, Emily Rogers, Roy Ruhling, Libbie Ryan, Natalie Ryan, Hannah Schmidt, Alison Setia, Jasleen Singh, Samina Singh, Shubhangi Sinha, Ashley Sullender, Kelsey Sundby, Rachel Sylla, Julie Torres, Linh Tran, Ngan Tran, Amanda Tu, Erin Vines, Thuy Vuong, Sara Wagner, Amanda Walker, Molly Wallace, Anna Walters, Cristina Wilcox, Ida Yonas


Nameera Akhtar, Department of Psychology, University of California–Santa Cruz
Janette Dinishak, Department of Philosophy, University of California–Santa Cruz
Morton Gernsbacher, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hudson Golino, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Chuck Kalish, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Matthew Lerner, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University
Christine Stephan, Harrisonburg, VA
Jennifer Stevenson, Department of Psychology, Ursinus College
Elizabeth Vosseller, Growing Kids Therapy Center