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


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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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Michelle Cox is in the process of getting her M.A. in linguistics at the University. While here, she hopes to continue research with autism, multimodal analysis, and communication methods. In her free time, she enjoys live music and exploring the various hiking trails around the area.



Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.08.44 PMElizabeth Hobbs is a fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology with a minor in Biology. After graduation, she hopes to go to school to become a physician’s assistant. Outside of classes, Elizabeth volunteers with Madison House at the UVA hospital and works as a server in a restaurant on the corner. She enjoys exploring Charlottesville to try out new restaurants and coffee shops.


hannahR (2)Hannah Repke is a fourth year double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. After graduation, she hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology and eventually be a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in adolescents. She enjoys playing and watching sports, eating at different restaurants, and traveling to new places.


Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.10.27 PMSydney Cadogan is a 4th year studying Speech Communication Disorders and Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Speech Pathology and continue research regarding autism and communication. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and visiting Charlottesville’s local coffee shops.


Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.11.35 PMXara Davies is a third year from England majoring in English Literature. 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.


Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.13.13 PMLucy Emery is a fourth year student majoring in Spanish and Psychology. She hopes to become a developmental pediatrician and continue working with children with mental and physical disabilities. Lucy’s interest include hiking, traveling, and baking.



Camille Favero is a 3rd 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.


unnamedAndrew How is a 4th year majoring in Biology and Psychology. He is pursuing a career in medicine and hopes to one day be a psychiatrist. He enjoys volunteering with local organizations including Autism Allies, Special Olympics, and JABA. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing guitar and making music on his computer, as well as playing basketball and soccer.

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 5.14.29 PMMadeline Luehr  is a third 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, explore Charlottesville’s food scene.


denicaDenica Obis is a third-year student majoring in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology or Social Work (LCSW). She loves volunteering for various organizations on Grounds, especially with the Blood Services for the American Red Cross Club. Denica enjoys grabbing food with friends, watching sports, beating her older brother in Mario Kart, and singing karaoke with family.

IMG_7614Samina Singh is a 1st 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.


Ashley Sullender is a 2nd year Psychology major with a minor in Health and Wellbeing. She hopes to continue her education and pursue a career in clinical psychology. In her free time, she loves watching reality tv, playing board games, and doing yoga.



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, Sydney Sampson, Shannon Savell, Jenna Small, Lauren Tindall

Undergraduate RAs

Kara Abshire, Keelah Andrews, Jennifer Bailey, Izzy Begej, Adrianne Bell, Brenna Broadus, Kate Brunick, Caitlin Carnell, Christin Chambers, Angelica Chang, Laura Chennette, Christina Cheung, Grace Chiarella, Ann Chung, Taylor Clark, Mira Cole, Morgan Crawford, Carrington Croft, Katya Davydova, Andrea DeLeon, Sarah Fredrik, Julie Furst, Lillian Gaertner, Lindsay Goldman, Katherine Gould, Cindy Gray, Sally Gustafson, Christina Hammond, Gillian Hatch, Lauren Hayden, 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