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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.



DJ Jimenez is a 4th year student majoring in Psychology with a 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, fly fishing, and investing.



Mary Isaac Cargill is a 4th year double majoring in Psychology and Modern and Global Studies. After graduation, she hopes to earn a PhD in clinical psychology in pursuit of becoming a clinical child psychologist. She is a member of the Psychology Department’s Distinguished Majors Program, and she is active in Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society where she currently serves as its President. She also enjoys volunteering, writing, and baking.


Brynn Chavira is a 4th year double majoring in Psychology and Youth and Social Innovation through the Curry School. She is participating in the Psychology Distinguished Majors Program. 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 President.

Elyse Morris is a fourth year student double majoring in Cognitive Science and Spanish. She is currently working on her Cognitive Science Distinguished Majors project, and hopes to eventually pursue a career in clinical psychology. Outside of class, she is on the exec board for Morven Kitchen Garden, fundraising chair for Shakespeare on the Lawn, and an employee at Little Keswick School. In her free time, she loves baking, dancing, and traveling.




Lindsey Eller is a 4th year student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health and Wellbeing. She plans to attend graduate school, pursuing a career in occupational therapy, upon her graduation. Lindsey is a program director for Madison House’s Recreational Therapy where she organizes and attends fun therapeutic events for young adults with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and binge-watching TV shows.


Emily Moore is a 3rd 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.


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.


Samina Singh is a fourth year student studying cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience and double minoring in Spanish and Anthropology. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school or law school. In her free time she is active in her sorority, enjoys doing yoga and spending time outdoors with friends.

Sara Wagner is a 4th year student majoring in psychology and minoring in French. After graduation, she plans to take a teaching position in France and hopes to eventually pursue a career in clinical psychology. Outside the classroom, she enjoys volunteering at the local homeless shelter and volunteering as a certified tax preparer. Her hobbies include playing soccer, running, making crafts and fostering kittens.


Graduate Students

Marissa Drell, PhD 2018, currently at Deloitte Consulting
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, Xara Davies, Katya Davydova, Andrea DeLeon, 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, Shubhangi Sinha, Ashley Sullender, 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
Hudson Golino, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, 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