ComDev at Spooktacular Poster Night!

November 1st, 2023

Posters were presented by Graduate Student Amanda Mankovich and Honors Student Kosta Boskovic. Kosta won the best undergraduate poster award!

Congratulations, Kosta Boskovic!

October 26th, 2023

Congratulations to honors student Kosta on an outstanding poster presentation at Frontiers! We eagerly anticipate the final product of your thesis.

Welcome New Lab Members!

September 28th, 2023

The Communication and Development Lab welcomes the lab's new RAs: Towa Machida, Ariana Bonilla, Audra Lisowicz, and Gabrielle Agcaoili!


Auf Wiedersehen, Beth!

August 18th, 2023

After co-managing the lab with Nina for the past year, Beth Stoddard will start a PhD in English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she previously lived and earned her MA in linguistics. Good luck and thanks for everything, Beth!

Welcome, Caitlin!

August 14th, 2023

Welcome to Caitlin Senni! Caitlin will be a new graduate student in the Language and Cognition program, who will be co-advised by Dr. Eiling Yee and Dr. Suanda. We’re excited to have you, Caitlin!

ComDev at CogSci 2023!

July 20th, 2023

Come see us at CogSci 2023 from July 26th-29th! Congratulations to Nina, Sara, and Kosta for their work being accepted!

Bon Voyage, Nina Schoener!

June 30th, 2023

Farewell to Nina Schoener, who has gracefully managed the ComDev Lab for the past two years. She will be joining University of California Berkeley as PhD student in Developmental Psychology! Thank you for everything, Nina – we will miss you!

Congratulations, Amanda Mankovich!

June 14th, 2023

Congratulations to graduate student Amanda Mankovich for successfully defending her dissertation proposal! Amanda is now hard at work writing and well on her way to finishing her PhD in the near future!

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors!

May 6th, 2023

Congratulations to the ComDev Lab’s graduating seniors, Marissa Ciccarini, Georgia Capobianco, Julie-Ann Williams, Noor Javed, Raina Becker, and Georgia Falk. We wish you all the best and thank you for your hard work over the years!

ComDev at SRCD 2023!

March 26th, 2023

Congratulations to undergraduate students Georgia Capobianco, Marissa Ciccarini, Kosta Boskovic, and Julie-Ann Williams for presenting their research at the Society for Research in Child Development in Salt Lake City, UT! They received travel awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research to fund their trip to SRCD.

Come see us at LangFest 2023!

April 24th, 2023

The ComDev lab will be sharing some of our ongoing research at UConn’s 13th Annual LangFest on Wednesday, April 26th! Come by and check out posters presented by undergraduate students Marissa Ciccarini, Julie-Ann Williams, Wilona Boafo, Georgia Falk, Angela Jacdedt, Taylor Lordo, and Kosta Boskovic.

Welcome to our newest RA’s!

January 17th, 2023

We’re excited to welcome our new Research Assistants Natalie Hudak, Jieun Park, Emma Minoudis, Ava Liosatos, Georgia Falk, Ethel Dvoskin and Juliana Febrizio!

ComDev goes to BUCLD 2023!

November 7th, 2022

Graduate students Amanda Mankovich and Menghan Yang, and lab managers Beth Stoddard and Nina Schoener attended Boston University’s 47th Conference on Language Development!

Welcome, Beth Stoddard and Menghan Yang!

September 7th, 2022

The ComDev Lab welcomes our new Graduate Student Menghan Yang, and new Lab Manager Beth Stoddard. Menghan is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester and is pursuing her PhD here at UConn. Beth previously studied linguistics at Smith College and the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Welcome to our newest ComDev RAs!

September 6th, 2022

Welcome to our new Research Assistants Riley Kunetz, Angela Jacdedt, Wilona Boafo, Kim Goldman, Melisa Edebali, and Emily O’Brien!

ComDev at CogSci 2022!

July 27th, 2022

Lab Manager Nina Schoener presented work at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Toronto, Canada!

ComDev at LangFest 2022!

April 25th, 2022

Posters were presented at LangFest 2022 by Graduate Student Amanda Mankovich, Lab Manager Nina Schoener, and Research Assistants Georgia Capobianco, Marissa Ciccarini, Kosta Boskovic, and Julie-Ann Williams!

ComDev at CDS 2022!

April 20th, 2022

Amanda Mankovich and Nina Schoener shared their research at this year’s Cognitive Development Society conference in Madison, Wisconsin!

Congratulations, Julie-Ann Williams!

April 15th, 2022

Huge congratulations are in order for Honors Student and ComDev Research Assistant Julie-Ann Williams, who has been awarded a CT-IBACS Undergraduate Research Grant!

ComDev Lab at SRCD!

April 1st, 2022

Graduate student Amanda Mankovich presented work at SRCD’s Learning Through Play and Imagination Special Topic Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri!

Welcome, New Lab Members!

January 15th, 2022

The ComDev Lab welcomes our newest Research Assistants, Noor Javed, Syreena Melendez, Taylor Lordo, and Alex O’Boyle!

Congratulations, Amanda Mankovich!

December 16th, 2021

Congratulations to graduate student Amanda Mankovich for passing her qualifying exams! Amanda is one step closer to earning her PhD and will now begin working on her dissertation proposal. Way to end the semester strong, Amanda!

Farewell Sara Johnson!

September 30th, 2021

After two years as one of the ComDev Lab’s managers Sara Johnson is heading to the NIH as a Postbac trainee in the Intramural Research Training Award program. During her time here, Sara led the lab’s parent-infant observational studies and picture book projects. Sara also helped the lab navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for all that you did for the lab Sara, congratulations, and we wish you all the best in this exciting next phase of your career!

Welcoming our new Research Assistants!

August 30th, 2021

The ComDev Lab welcomes our newest Research Assistants Kosta Boskovic and Raina Becker!

Welcome Nina Schoener!

August 6th, 2021

Welcome to our new Lab Manager Nina Schoener! Nina comes to the lab with a degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego. Nina is excited to continue to pursue her interests in language and conceptual development during her time at the ComDev Lab. Welcome Nina!

Bon Voyage Miranda Long!

August 5th, 2021

Farewell to Miranda Long, who has been one of the ComDev lab’s managers for the past two years. Miranda will be starting a graduate program at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Cognitive Development. Thank you for all that you did Miranda, congratulations, and we wish you all the best at UBC!

Congratulations Audra Logan!

August 2nd, 2021

We wish all the best to recent graduate and Head Research Assistant Audra Logan! Audra has been a dedicated member of the ComDev Lab since Fall 2019, and will now move on to a graduate program at Southern Connecticut State University to pursue her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Thank you for all your hard work Audra!

Comdev Lab at UConn’s LangFest!

April 27th, 2021

We will be presenting at UConn’s LangFest from 2pm-4pm on April 29th, 2021. Hear about all our various research projects during both the Data Blitz and poster sessions.

Come Visit Us at SRCD!

April 1st, 2021

Come see us at this year’s Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference from April 7th-9th, 2021. Congrats to Miranda, Sara, Sadie, and their teams on getting their work accepted this year!

Congratulations Lizzie and Audra!

February 1st, 2021

Big Congratulations are in order for Lizzie Quinn and Audra Logan on receiving CT-IBACS Undergrad Research Grants, and to Audra Logan for also receiving a Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. Way to go Lizzie and Audra – what an accomplishment!

Farewell Lizzie Quinn.

December 8th, 2020

Congratulations, Lizzie Quinn, on graduating from the University of Connecticut! Lizzie spent the last 2 years working on the Cross-Situational Word Learning research project and helped lead the group in investigating various cues present in infant’s input and how they may aid in word learning. Thank you, Lizzie, for all you hard work!

Finishing the Semester Strong!

November 19th, 2020

The Communication and Development Lab gathered virtually to celebrate the end of a very successful semester. Eli, Yuxin, Georgia, Marissa, and Julie-Ann shared their work with the lab and discussed next steps for their projects. Way to finish the semester strong!

Welcome New Lab Members!

August 31st, 2020

The Communication and Development Lab welcomes the lab's new RAs: Georgia Capobianco, Marissa Ciccarini, Julie-Ann Williams, and Yuxin Zhou!

Bon Voyage Sadie MacDonald!

August 21st, 2020

After two years in our lab, Head RA Sadie Macdonald is headed off to graduate school at Northeastern University. Sadie was instrumental in getting the lab’s picture book studies off the ground and in many of the lab’s day-to-day operations (and in keeping the lab plants alive!). Thank you Sadie and we wish you all the best at Northeastern!

Come See Us at BUCLD!

July 30th, 2020

Congratulations to Sara Johnson and Miranda Long on having their poster presentations accepted to the 45th Boston University Conference of Language Development! The virtual conference will be held on November 5th-8th, 2020.

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Staying Connected via Virtual Lab Meetings!

July 17th, 2020

Although we must practice social distancing this summer, the Communication and Development still manages to meet and collaborate on a regular basis virtually. Every week, we meet and share project updates, give each other feedback, and discuss new project directions.

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We will be at ICIS!

June 29th, 2020

Stop by our virtual booths at this year's International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) and see what new and exciting research we have been conducting! Our lab managers, Miranda Long and Sara Johnson, will presenting their work on cross-situational word learning the the human simulation paradigm.

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Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!

May 21st, 2020

Congratulations to Sadie MacDonald, Brianna Kinnie, Zoe Green, Clare Collins, Tiffany Schalla, Katharine Ustorf and Avery Miller for completing their undergraduate degrees.