Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

August 10, 2020

An Important Update from the MSU Cognitive and Language Development Lab!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Montclair State University (MSU) has entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan and continues to monitor information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The majority of MSU courses for the Fall 2020 semester will be held online with all courses being conducted online after the Thanksgiving Break. This means that our assistants will not be interacting with large groups of students on campus, which minimizes the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 and other pathogens.

Under Phase 2, my Cognitive and Language Development Lab has re-opened and is actively conducting research studies. Please know that my student research assistants and myself are currently taking additional steps beyond regular practices to maintain a clean and healthy research environment.

Here are additional actions we are taking to help keep children and staff healthy:

  • We have significantly increased cleaning and sanitizing our entire lab space at the beginning and end of each day, in addition to right before and after a participant visits the lab. This includes wiping down chairs and tables, equipment, and any points of contact.
  • Hand gel sanitizers are available for all research assistants, parents, and children.
  • The Center for Clinical Services is removing all toys from the general waiting area until the threat level has diminished. Only a few books and a child-friendly table and chairs will remain. These will be cleaned and sanitized at the beginning and end of each day, in addition to right before and after a participant visits the lab.
  • We are requiring our students and faculty to stay home if they have a cough, cold or fever of any kind, or if they think they may have been exposed.

We are dedicated to providing a safe space for you and your family and will comply with recommendations from the University or local and state health departments.


Laura Lakusta, Ph. D

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