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Vikram Jaswal is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and incoming Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cognition and Development. 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


Abha Basargekar is a fourth year graduate student, originally from Navi Mumbai, India. She received her BA in psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an MA in elementary education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She has experience working in education nonprofits and is broadly interested in inclusive social contexts that support all development. Abha enjoys reading, writing, cooking, hiking and speaking in gibberish with her two cats.


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.


Kaylin Belcher is a 3rd year Speech and Communications Disorders Major with the hope of becoming a practicing Speech-Language pathologist. She hopes to work in the public education sector once out of school. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her beagle named Koa.

Danning Bisaga is a 4th year double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She has a passion for working with children and underserved populations. Outside of the lab, she enjoys rock climbing, playing board games and leading a Bible Study.

Grace Ann Brown is a 3rd year Cognitive Science major, concentrating in Computer Science and minoring in French. Grace Ann grew up between Arlington, Virginia and London, England. In the future, she isn’t exactly sure what she wants to do, but she wants to make an impact on the lives of others. In her free time, Grace Ann enjoys reading, listening to music, walking her dog, running, and doing Bob Ross paint nights with her roommates.

Skye Ferris is a second year and plans to major in cognitive science or public health, with a minor in French. Skye is currently undecided in regards to future career goals, but would like to work with people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. In her free time, she loves reading, running, and baking for her friends.

Chase Gastrock is a 2nd year Computer Science major. In the future, he hopes to use his education to create software that will have an impact on the way people both work and play. Outside of the lab, Chase likes to compete in the UVA LCS, practice kendo, write music, and experiment with making coffee-based drinks..

Emma Hartman is a Fourth year psychology major, hoping to attend grad school and pursue a career as a therapist. She is a coffee enthusiast, a true crime junkie and loves animals. In her free time Emma is usually binging a new tv series or listening to music and drawing.

Kate Kaufman is a third year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology. At UVA she is involved in Madison House, the University Guide Service, and works in the Rotunda. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading.

Simran Kaur is a fourth year Computer Science major in the Engineering school. She is planning to pursue a career in software consulting to combine her passion of coding and working with people. In her free time, she loves to find new music and play video games with her roommates.

Erline Morgan is a fourth year undergraduate student who is majoring in Psychology. After graduation, they plan on attending graduate school to study clinical psychology as well as substance abuse. In their free time, they enjoy reading about true crime cases, going on walks, and volunteering at their local preschool back home.

Gabriella Napoli is a 4th year English and Psychology major who has worked at the Jaswal lab for the past two years. She is planning on pursuing graduate school for clinical social work.

Ian Nataro is an instructor at the Virginia Institute of Autism. He earned a B.A. in psychology, with a concentration in cognitive/behavioral neuroscience and minor in music, in 2020 from University of Michigan. He hopes to pursue a PhD in psychology and continue working with children and disabled individuals. In his free time, Ian enjoys running, painting, spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Chelsea Rodi is a third-year psychology major planning to pursue a career in occupational therapy. In her time outside of classes she works as a patient companion at the UVA hospital and enjoys hiking, baking, and trying out new restaurants.

Talyn Steinmann is a first-year from Charlotte, NC planning to major in Kinesiology and/or Public Health. She has a passion for volunteering and working with underserved and marginalized populations in her community. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new citiesng.

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.

Emma Ziselman is a third year psychology major and biology minor. She is exploring multiple career interests, which include clinical psychology and the law. Outside of classes, she is an active member of the University Dance Club and Tri Sigma sorority.


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