Chair of Psychological Sciences Department
B.A. - Case Western Reserve University
M.A. & Ph.D. - University of Colorado, Boulder
Phone: 216-368-6477
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Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is to explain what makes each of us unique in terms of genetic and environmental causes. Most of my work has explored the development of cognitive skills, temperament, and language from infancy through childhood using siblings, twins and genetic techniques. I am particularly interested in how the genetic code is translated into complex behavior at the level of brain function.

Current Projects

I have two collaborative studies ongoing in my laboratory funded through the Ohio State University and the National Institutes of Health. One explores early environmental influences on reading skills in twins using a longitudinal design. The second study, explores math skills in twins and their parents. Several of my students are studying the cognitive skills important for mathematical problem solving.

**Prospective Graduate Students**

I am not planning to accept a new graduate student during the upcoming academic year.