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


marissa1Marissa Drell earned her undergraduate degree in American Culture with foci in Developmental Psychology and Women’s Studies from Vassar College and her MA in Psychology from Brandeis University. She is interested in social cognition, particularly emotion understanding and fairness norms. Marissa likes to collect vintage toys and spend time outdoors hiking and biking. Email Marissa


IMG_0832Morgan Crawford is a 4th year Cognitive Science major and Psychology minor. She hopes to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology after graduation with a focus in adolescent or forensic psychology. She loves both the history and sports of UVa, but the sports especially. Her hobbies include traveling, working with children with special needs, and eating her way through Charlottesville restaurants.


img_6441-e1505490710257.jpgAllison Parcell is a 4th year Psychology major with a Religious Studies minor. She is currently working on research projects regarding visual attention in autistic people. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, working with children, and baking.




IMG_6509Michelle Cox is a 4th year student majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Linguistics. After graduation, she intends to pursue a graduate degree in Linguistics and 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.


Xara Natasja Davies is a 2nd year from England interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology. She is currently working with Professor Jaswal on research regarding autism — a spectrum disorder she finds fascinating. Xara’s hobbies include traveling, writing, theatre and watching Grey’s Anatomy.


IMG_0829Elizabeth Hobbs is a 3rd year majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She loves working with children and is currently volunteering at a daycare. After graduation, she is considering becoming a physician’s assistant or pursuing a graduate degree in public health. She enjoys iced coffee and trying new restaurants around Charlottesville.

unnamedAndrew How is a 3rd 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.

IMG_0841Bessie Miller
is a 4th year from Chesapeake, Virginia majoring in Psychology and Biology. She loves working with children and hopes to become a pediatric physicians assistant. Her hobbies include dancing, going to the beach, hiking, and eating pizza.



Lobna Raya is a 4th year Religious Studies major who is also minoring in Bioethics. She plans on attending medical school after graduation. Lobna has spent time tutoring underprivileged children in Egypt and enjoys doing volunteer work. She also enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and has a love for animals, especially cats.


hannahR (2)Hannah Repke is a 2nd 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.


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.


Graduate Students

Shaina Rowell, PhD 2017, currently at Washington University in St. Louis, website
Robyn Kondrad, PhD 2013, currently at Appalachian State 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, 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, 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, Hira Mohyuddin, Kim Morris, Ashwin Murali, Susanna Murrell, Mayra Perez, Sarah Puckett, 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