Updated: Jan 10

Lab members Rachelle Johnson, Amyia Harris, NaKeysha Olson, Vivian Nguyen, Kimia Akhavein, and Emily Starr have been accepted and will be presenting independent research projects at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in April 2021. Dr. Finch will be leading a symposium titled, Unpacking the Complexities of Bi-Directional Associations between Executive Functions and Math, in which Kimia will be giving a talk addressing the unique contributions of executive functions and math abilities to sign switching in mathematics. Dr. Finch will be leading a second symposium titled, The Importance of Executive Functions and Social-Emotional Skills for Students’ Academic Success in Sub-Saharan Africa, in which she will be giving a talk on executive functions and motivation uniquely predicting children’s academic development in Côte d’Ivoire.


Undergraduate RA, Rachelle Johnson was appointed to the Young Adult Leadership Council for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). The NCLD is a diverse group of young adults diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or attention issues, who are future leaders in the disabilities movement and plan to create change for those with learning disabilities. Rachelle is highly passionate about learning disabilities and plans to spend her professional career researching and advocating for those with learning disabilities. She feels being a part of the council will present her with even greater opportunities to advocate for and create a lasting impact for those with learning disabilities, while engaging and forming connections with others who share similar goals.

Dr. Jenna Finch has been awarded the 2019-2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Early Career Research Fellowship in Middle Childhood Education and Development.