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. CV

  • Postdoctoral Associate


  • Yaqiong Xiao  

    Yaqiong Xiao is a postdoctoral research associate in the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab. Before joining the lab, she was a Ph.D. student in Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and received her Ph.D. degree from Leipzig University in February 2017. In her thesis, she focused on brain development in preschool children and its relation to language processing and development using the resting-state fMRI technique. She currently aims to investigate the neural basis of social cognitive processes in typically and atypically developing children.

  • Graduate Students


  • Laura Anderson Kirby  

    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.

  • Aiste Cechaviciute

    Aiste is a technical assistant in the DSCN Lab. She is a post-baccalaureate, having graduate from Temple University in 2017 where she studied Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. While at Temple, she worked as a research assistant at the Centre of Neural Decision Making (CNDM), where she studied the effects of emotion on temporal discounting. She is interested in cognition and decision making, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience in the future.

  • Undergraduate Research Assistants


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tova Rosenthal

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

  • 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.

  • Dylan Selbst

    Dylan is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. After graduating, he plans to attend medical school and pursue oncology.

  • Debbie Choi

    Debbie is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric neurologist.

  • Ishan Shah

    Ishan is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology with a Minor in Business. His plans after graduating are to attend medical school and specialize in neuroscience. He ultimately hopes to transition into healthcare management while continuing to treat patients.

  • Lab Alumni


  • Meredith Pecukonis

    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