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Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab of Adele Diamond

Training others on our Neurocognitive Tasks

2007 and earlier:

  • Rivka Lifshitz, PhD student, Dept. of Education, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel, for doctoral research on cognitive performance on the Day-Night task.
  • Jonathan Schooler, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, UBC, Vancouver, BC, for studies on mindwandering in ADHD children.
  • Helen Neville, Ph.D., Brain Development Lab, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR, for studies of cognitive development in 3 - 20 year-olds and in intervention studies with young children.
  • Lynn Nadel, Ph.D. and Jamie Edgin, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, for a study on prefrontal cognitive development in children with down syndrome.
  • Isabelle Amado, M.D., Marie Odile, Ph.D., & Térèse Jay, INSERM French Unit, Hospital Sainte Anne, Paris, France, for a study on ADHD, the prodromal symptoms of psychosis, and infants with pervasive development disorders.
  • Masa Vidmar, PhD student, Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, for a study on the precursors of prosocial behavior and academic achievements in first years of schooling.
  • Amishi Jha, Ph.D., Univ. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA, for an outcome evaluation study of the effects on student outcomes of training school teachers in mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques.
  • Tracy Dennis, Ph.D., Hunter College, New York City, NY, for a study tracking the development of mood and anxiety symptoms in typically-developing children as a function of both neural (ERP) and behavioral measures of emotion-regulation and dysregulation.
  • Lisa Collis, PhD student, Sch. of Psychology, Univ. of Birmingham, UK, for a study on behavioral, cognitive, & emotional changes with age in more-able people with Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
  • Jeff Drayer, PhD student, Boston Univ., Boston, MA, for a study on the executive function profiles of preschool children with autism.
  • Elina Mainela-Arnold, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State Univ., Philadelphia, PA, to investigate processes of attention, inhibition, & competition in children w/ specific language impairment.
  • Linda LaGasse Ph.D, Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI, for a longitudinal, multi-site study of prenatal metamphetamine exposure and child outcome
  • Philip Zelazo, Ph.D., Institute of Child Development, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, for the NIH Toolbox project to come up with open-access, public-domain executive function measures that all NIH researchers might agree to use
  • Akram Ahangi, Masters student, Iran, for a study of Color/Object interference in Iranian children.
  • Karin Brocki, Ph.D., Dev.al Imaging-Genetics, Mt. Sinai Sch. of Medicine, New York City, NY, to investigate ADHD children’s performance on dopamine-dependent & dopamine-independent tasks
  • Tugay Yilyasoglu, Masters student, Bogazici Univ., Istanbul, Turkey, for a study comparing inhibitory control & theory of mind in 3½- and 4½-year-old bilingual & monolingual children.
  • Nick Zill, Westat Inc., for a study on which measures in executive functions will be used to try to predict school and academic achievement outcomes.
  • Beate Sodian, Munich Center for Neurosciences-Brain & Mind, Munich, for a study on infant social cognitive development.


  • Clancy Blair, Ph.D., Penn. State Univ., PA, for the development of a comprehensive executive functions battery for 3-5 year olds
  • Anna Bodner, PhD student, Illinois State Univ., IL, for a study on effortful control and young children’s emotional responses to competitive tasks.
  • Kim Cornish, Ph.D., and Shohreh Rezazadeh, PhD student, McGill Univ., Montreal, QC, for a study on the developmental trajectory of inhibition in typically developing boys.
  • Doron Gothelf, M.D., Tel Aviv Univ., Israel, for a study of executive function in children with velocardiofacial syndrome (22q11.2 deletion syndrome).
  • Ari Stevens, PhD student, Seattle Pacific Univ., Seattle, WA, for a study on social problem-solving and executive functioning (particularly cognitive flexibility) in preschoolers.
  • Bev Wilson, Ph.D., Seattle Pacific Univ., Seattle, WA, for a measure of executive functioning in low-income children 4½ to 5½ years-old in the Seattle Head Start preschool program.
  • Filipa Carrejolo, PhD student, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal, for a study on effects of maltreatment inhibitory control and hyper-vigilance in Portuguese children.
  • Marian Verhallen, Ph.D., Leiden Univ., Leiden, Netherlands, for a study on executive functions and emergent reading abilities in young children.
  • Jeffrey Titus, Ph.D., St. Louis Children's Hospital/Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, for executive function evaluations in a study of cognitive, academic, behavioral, and emotional problems associated with medical and neurologic disorders.
  • Pratibha Reebye, D.P.M., UBC, Vancouver, BC, for a study on self-regulation in infants.
    Pritha Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., Univ. of Calcutta, India.
  • Bill Utendale, M.A., Concordia Univ., Montreal, QC, for a study of the developmental trajectories of aggressive and non-aggressive children.
  • Grazyna Kochanska, Univ. of Iowa , Iowa City, IA, for the development of public domain battery of executive functions.


  • V.R. Brewer, Ph.D., Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, for studies of children with a wide range of disorders including epilepsy and TBI.
  • Joan Luby, MD, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, for an NIH-funded study of depressive symptoms in preschool-age children.
  • Sebastian Lipina , Ph.D., Program on Applied Neurobiology, Fundacion Conectar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for studies of executive function in children with neurological disorders and children from different socioeconomic levels.
  • Heidi Kiefer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, for studies on the relation between temperament (behaviorally inhibited to behaviorally uninhibited/ aggressive) and genetics.
  • Karen Toth, Autism Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, for consultation on our tasks for a study involving autistic and non-autistic children 18-24 month olds.
  • Bill Utendale, Concordia Univ., Montreal, QC, for a longitudinal study of childhood aggression.
  • Karen James, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN, for functional neuroimaging (fMRI) studies with children.


  • Margaret Fuchs, Ph.D. student, Seattle Pacific Univ., Seattle, WA, for a study of the role of executive function in the development of social competence in first-graders.
  • Sharon Williams, Ass’t. Prof., Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Child Development, School of Medicine, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA, for a study of sequelae of head injuries in school-age children.
  • Anca Domuta, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai Univ., Cluj Napoca, Romania, for assessing ADHD preschoolers.
  • Mark Feinberg, Director, Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State Univ., PA, for an intervention trial collecting indicators of executive function in children 12-14 months old.
  • Karen Toth & Prof. Geraldine Dawson, Autism Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, for a study involving autistic and non-autistic children 18-24 month olds.
  • Sandra Jacobson, Prof., Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI, for a follow-up study of alcohol-exposed children in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jennifer Martin & Prof. Nathan Fox, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, for their study of institutionalized children in Romania


  • Profs. Lynn & Doug Fuchs, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN, for assessments of first-grade students, ages 7-8.
  • Dr. Judy Gardner, NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, NY, for her Program Project Grant on early arousal and attention to look at inhibitory function in 5-7 year old children.
  • Katja Hülser, doctoral student with Prof. Schölmerich , Fakultät für Psychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, to study the development of children 2 to 6 years of age with congenital heart defects after deep hypothermic surgery in their first year of life.
  • Prof. Matthew Speltz, Clinical Director, Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA,, & Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Univ. of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, for a study of children, 0-3 years of age, with various single-suture craniosynostoses.
  • Prof. Margaret Bendersky, Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, New Brunswick, NJ, for fMRI studies of executive control in 10-year-old children.
  • Prof. Geraldine Dawson, Univ. of Washington Autism Center, Seattle, WA, for a study of 9-year-old children with autism, both high and low functioning.
  • Lucy Cragg, an undergraduate at Oxford Univ., UK, to study executive function in children.


  • Judy Auerbach, Prof. of Psychology, Ben-Gurion Univ., Beer-Sheva, Israel, for follow-up assessments of infants at risk for ADHD.
  • Mary Dozier, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE, for studies of HPA & PFC functioning in foster children.
  • Krestin Radonovich, Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, to assess developmental progressions of children with different subtypes of ADHD
  • Anne-Claire Beernick, Ph.D. student, Univ. Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, met with her to review her videotapes of A-not-B & object retrieval testing
  • Dante Cichetti, Director & Prof., Mt. Hope Family Center, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY, for his analyses of Flat-Fist-Edge & Simultaneous Switch data
  • Tony Simon, Assistant Prof., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, for study of executive function/psychopathology & COMT allele status in a 22q population


  • Geraldine Dawson, Director, Autism Research Program Project, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, to study ventro- & dorsolateral prefrontal function in children with autism & mental retardation.
  • Keri Nasdeo, graduate student, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA, to assess the impact of the PATHS program on impulsivity and self-control in kindergarten children.
  • Sandra Lou, UCLA, to assess working memory as part of a neurocognitive battery for a large study of ADHD in Finland
  • Michael Abrams, fMRI Manager, Developmental Cognitive Neurology, Kennedy Krieger Inst., Johns Hopkins Univ., Balitmore, MD, for neuroimaging studies of inhibitory control in normal children.
  • Dafna Knittel-Keren, Div. of Clinical Pharmacology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, for use in her study of object concept development in children whose mothers were occupationally exposed to organic solvents during pregnancy.
  • Dalit Himmelfarg, Graduate Student, Child Development Lab, Dept. of Human Development, Univ. of Maryland, MD, to study source memory, frontal lobe functioning, and ERPs in 4-year-old children.
  • Lili Senman, Graduate Student, York Univ., Toronto, ON, to study inhibition of attention and theory of mind tasks in 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
  • Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Texas Houston Health Science Center, for use with children with traumatic head injuries.
  • Jaswinder Ghuman, M.D., Kennedy Krieger Inst., Baltimore, MD, for his study assessing DSM IV ADHD symptoms in preschool children with PDD/Autism.
  • Bruce Pennington, Univ. of Denver, to assess prefrontal cognitive functions in his Down Syndrome project.
  • Tony Simon, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, to investigate the COMT gene deletion in the 22q11.2 population as a possible basis for frontal cortex dysfunction.
  • Emily Siegel, graduate student, Div. of Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Sch of Hygiene & Public Health, Baltimore, MD, to investigate the effect of zinc and iron supplementation on cognitive function in Nepali infants and children in Africa.
  • Phillippe Robaey, M.D., Ph.D., Prof. of Psychiatry, Research Center of Ste. Justine Hospital, Montreal, QC, for his study of the effect of an early intervention on mother-child interaction in premature infants.
  • Celene Domitrovich, Ass’t. Director, Penn State Prevention Resource Center, Univ. Park, PA, for an evaluation of a preschool version of the PATHS curriculum.
  • Diane St-Laurent, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Quebec, QC, to study cognitive development in maltreated children.


  • Caroline Zanni-Dansereau, Ph.D. student, McGill Univ., Montreal, QC, to study attention difficulties in children of 5-6 years old.
  • Sebastian Lipina, National Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for evaluating executive functions in children 3-5 years old from middle and lower socio-economic classes.
  • Ronald Seifer, Brown Univ. Sch. of Medicine, & Melissa Duncan Fallone, Infant Development Center, Providence, RI, for the Maternal Lifestyle Study, an NICHD and NIDA funded multi-site project investigating the effects of in utero cocaine and opiate exposure on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of 1400 children.
  • Prof. Miriam Levav, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel, for a large, planned national study of children born prematurely.
  • Drs. Patricio Peirano & Cecilia Algarín, Laboratorio de Neurofisiologia, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, for their investigation of the effects of iron deficiency on children’s cognitive development.
  • Rachel Peters, Ph.D. student with Clancy Blair, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, for a set of executive function measures to include in an assessment of Head Start preschoolers
  • Prof. Jeffrey Halperin, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY, for his study of children 7 - 11 years old who have ADHD, reading disability, or both, and his study using fMRI to study adolescents who were previously diagnosed as ADHD.


  • Dr. Peter Lewinsohn, Becky Lamoureux, & Patti Bear, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR, to study infants of depressed mothers
  • Profs. Michael Lewis & Margaret Bendersky, Inst. for the Study of Child Development, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Med. Sch., New Brunswick, NJ, for their longitudinal study of 300 children who were exposed to cocaine in utero.
  • Profs. Dante Cicchetti, Sheree Toth, & Fred Rogosch, Mt. Hope Family Center, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY, for their longitudinal study of maltreated infants.


  • Prof. Kimberly Andrews Espy, Southern Illinois Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Carbondale, Illinois, to study the development of executive function abilities in toddlers and preschool children.
  • Prof. Cindy Stifter, Penn State Univ., College Park, PA, to integrate work on executive function/ frontal lobe functioning into their emotion regulation conceptual framework.
  • Caroline Roncadin, Ph.D. student with Maureen Dennis, Univ. of Toronto, Canada, for research on working memory and inhibition in children who have sustained a closed head injury.
  • Anna Bullock Drummey, Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Nathan A. Fox, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, for their behavioral and EEG investigation of which frontal lobe competencies may be related to the regulation of negative affect


  • Betsy Lozoff, Center for Human Growth and Development, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for studies in Chile on the effects of iron deficiency on neuromaturation.
  • Katie Alcock, Partnership for Child Development, Oxford Univ., Oxford, UK, for work in Tanzania on the cognitive effects of parasitic infections


  • Julie Quamma, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, for use with maltreated preschoolers.
  • Michele Mazzocco & Lisa Freund, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Univ., for use with young males with Fragile X.


  • Dante Cicchetti, Univ. of Rochester, NY, for use with maltreated children.
  • Sandra Jacobson, Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI, for use with children exposed to environmental toxins, such as PCBs, and alcohol and cocaine
  • Matthew Speltz, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, for use with preschool boys who have conduct disorders
  • Agnes Schuler, Nat'l. Pediatric Inst., Budapest, Hungary, for use with PKU children
  • Bruce Pennington & Elizabeth Griffith, Univ. of Denver, CO, for use with autistic preschoolers and those who are developmentally delayed


  • Geraldine Dawson & Andrew Meltzoff, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, for their studies on autism


  • Warren Eaton, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, for his studies with preschool children
  • Helen Tager-Flusberg, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, for her studies with autistic and Williams Syndrome children
  • Tatiana Strogonova, Inst. of Brain Research, Moscow, Russia, for her studies of neuropsychological correlates of maturational changes in EEG activity
  • David Shucard & Ellen Banks, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, for their studies of neurophysiological (ERP) measures of cognitive functions
  • Douglas Ris & Wes Houston, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, for their investigation of the efficacy of Ritalin for children with treated PKU


  • Nathan Fox, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, for his research on electro-physiological indices of frontal lobe development in infants


  • Penny Glass, Children's Hospital NMC, Washington, DC, for use in her studies aimed at characterizing the developmental disabilities in ECMO infants and children

We continue to develop sensitive behavioral assays of the different cognitive abilities that comprise EF, to freely share those, and to provide training in administering those tasks free of charge to researchers around the world.

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