Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

University of Maryland, College Park

Meet the Team!



    Lab Director


  • Elizabeth Redcay  

    Elizabeth Redcay is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the director of the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UCSD and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in MIT's Brain & Cognitive Sciences department before starting at UMD.

  • Graduate Students


  • Laura Anderson  

    Laura Anderson is a Ph.D. student in Developmental and Clinical Psychology and a member of the DSCN Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and completed a two-year fellowship in the Child Neuroscience Lab at the Yale Child Study Center prior to beginning graduate school. She is interested in pursuing research related to social communication in autism spectrum disorders using behavioral and neuroimaging methods with a focus on early development.

  • Dustin Moraczewski  

    Dustin is a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program and a member of the DSCN lab. He received his B.A. in Psychology and a B.F.A. in Music Performance from Marshall University. Prior to graduate school he worked as a group home manager for adults and a behavior therapist for foster children with autism and other developmental disabilities. He also worked in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab at Florida International University. He is interested in exploring functional connectivity and network analysis of the developing social brain in typical individuals and those with autism.

  • Diana Alkire  

    Diana is a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) PhD program. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Maryland, where she was a research assistant in the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab and the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab. More recently, she worked as a full-time research assistant at the Center for the Study of Learning, a neuroimaging lab at Georgetown University that uses structural and functional MRI to study learning disabilities such as dyslexia. For her graduate studies, she is interested in exploring the neural correlates of social cognition in typical development, as well as in those with autism and social anxiety.

  • Lab Manager


  • Sydney Maniscalco  

    Sydney is the lab manager in the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2016. During her time at UC Davis she worked as a research assistant in the Neurocognitive Development Lab studying both typically and atypically developing individuals using infrared eye tracking techniques. Her future plans are to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Technical Assistant


  • Daniel Levitas

    Daniel is a post-baccalaureate, having graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. His future plans are to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Undergraduate Research Assistants


  • Meredith Pecukonis

    Meredith is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. She also works as a research assistant in the Roesch lab through the Gemstone Honors Program. After graduation, Meredith hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

  • Jazlyn Nketia

    Jazlyn is a junior pursuing a Psychology and Philosophy double degree with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, Jazlyn hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Eleanora Sadikova

    Eleonora is a sophomore pursuing a major in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Philosphy. After graduating, she ultimately plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology.

  • Alex Mangerian

    Alex is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology. After graduation, Alex plans to attend medical school eventually specializing in neurology, doing so as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

  • Tova Rosenthal

    Tova Rosenthal is a junior pursuing a major in psychology with minors in neuroscience and human development.

  • Zoey Maggid

    Zoey is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. She is also a member of the University Honors Program of the Honors College at the University of Maryland. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.

  • Hunter Rogoff

    Hunter is a junior pursuing a major in Physiology and Neurobiology. After graduating, he plans on attending medical school, and hopes to ultimately become a health professional.

  • Sabine Huber

    Sabine is a junior and is pursuing a bachelors of science degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. She is also a research assistant at the Lab for Early Social Cognition, also within the UMD Psychology department. Additionally, Sabine is co-President for the Maryland Neuroscience Society. For her career, Sabine hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and eventually practice neuropsychology.

  • Morgan Biggs

    Morgan is freshman pursuing a major in Public Health Science. She is also a Global Public Health Scholar. After graduating, she hopes to attend physician's assistant school to become a physician's assistant in a field of her choice.

  • Lab Alumni


  • Kate Rice

  • Liat Hotz

  • Joana Romero

  • Stephanie Goncalves

  • Alexis Pappadeas

  • Stephanie Golding

  • Lesley Sand

  • Jennifer Trinchere

  • Cashmire Norfleet

  • Katherine Calabrese

  • Helen Kong

  • Jessica Golding

  • Harrison Pierce

  • Eric Czinn

  • Tara Feld

  • Brogan Murphy

  • Eric Meyer

  • Toby Hamovitz

  • Lindsey Benjamin

  • Simren Kanwal

  • Ishaan Parikh

  • Brieana Viscomi

  • Daniel O'Young

  • Nina Lichtenberg

  • Ruth Ludlum

  • Jeremy Baker

  • Viviana Bauman

  • Shannon Coveney

  • Robert Cai