Temple Infant & Child Laboratory | Lab Coordinators
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Lab Coordinators

Yu (Tina) Chen

Yu (Tina) Chen is a lab coordinator working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Dr. Rebecca Alper, and Dr. Rufan Luo on language intervention and assessment projects in early childhood.  Tina graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics. Prior to joining the Infant and Child Lab, she has worked on multiple child development projects at University of Notre Dame, Yale University, and Grinnell College. Tina is interested in exploring how children’s early experiences (e.g. SES and parental input) shape their language development and how bilingualism affects children’s social cognitive development (e.g. perspective-taking). She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in Fall 2018.



Siffat Islam

Siffat is Lab Coordinator working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Cori Bower on a preschool intervention geared towards improving early spatial skills in young children. Siffat graduated from New York University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also focused her education in the pre-medical field and in child and adolescent mental heath studies. During her undergraduate education, Siffat worked at the NYU Infant Action Lab directed by Dr. Karen Adolph on a study focusing on early motor development. She explored infant locomotion to investigate whether or not infant exploration is destination-directed. Siffat plans to pursue further education geared towards clinical psychology in a pediatric setting.



LINYing Lin

Ying Lin is a Research Assistant working half time for Dr. Nora Newcombe and half time for Dr. Liz Gunderson. She received a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Japanese from Colgate University in 2015.  While at Colgate University, she studied abroad in Japan for one semester. During her senior year she completed a thesis examining the role of gesture in the perception of implicit and explicit racism. In addition to her neuroscience thesis, she also completed a Japanese honors thesis that analyzed the characters of Mishima Yukio’s novels using theories of psychoanalysis. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in the field of Psychology, but is not sure in which specific area yet.



medford-jJelani Medford

Jelani Medford is a Study Coordinator working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Tamara Spiewak Toub on a research grant exploring ways to optimize preschool spatial instruction. Jelani received a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in 2014. In addition to his coursework in psychology, Jelani studied Italian for a year and spent six months in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he studied Portuguese and taught English. Jelani is interested in exploring how language impacts one’s understanding of the world and how it also influences cognitive processes such as memory, judgment, and decision-making. Jelani plans to pursue a Ph. D in Linguistics.



Haley Weaver

Haley Weaver is a lab coordinator working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Emily Hopkins on a reading-based vocabulary intervention for preschoolers. Haley graduated from the University of Rochester in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. Before joining the Infant and Child Lab, she worked on multiple language development projects at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. She is interested in investigating the mechanisms of early language learning and how these processes can help inform early intervention programs. Haley plans to pursue further education in developmental language learning.