CURRICULUM VITAE LAURA M. LAKUSTA

 

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

 

Montclair State University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Psychology

Associate Professor

1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043

(973) 655-7951

lakustal@mail.montclair.edu

 

EDUCATION

 

2005 Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. Cognitive Developmental Psychology/Cognitive Science
2001 Johns Hopkins University M.A. Cognitive Developmental
Psychology
2000 Lehigh University B.A. Major: Psychology Minor: Biology

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2005-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology, Harvard University

 

2001– 2005 IGERT Graduate Research Fellow

Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

 

1999 Visiting Research Assistant

Neurocognitive Development Unit, University College of London

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

9/13-present Montclair State University, Department of Psychology, Associate Professor, Full Time.

 

9/08-9/13 Montclair State University, Department of Psychology, Assistant Professor, Full Time.

 

9/07-12/07 Boston University, Graduate School of Education, Instructor, Part Time. Team-taught a graduate course, Language and Cognitive Development

 

 

1/07-6/07 Harvard University, Department of Psychology, Teaching Fellow, Part Time.

Taught a laboratory section for an undergraduate course, Introduction to Psychology

 

 

RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP, PUBLICATIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

Funded

3/1/17-3/1/20

 

National Science Foundation, #1650861 RUI: Interactions between language and cognition in the early acquisition of spatial language, $500,000
6/15/12-

5/31/15

 

National Science Foundation, #1145762, RUI: Conceptual Foundations of Language: Infants’ Representations of Sources and Goals in Events, $384,460
9/05-8/08 National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, $136,840. Scored at 1.3 percentile
Submitted
2016 National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, #R15 HD092921, Interactions between language and cognition in the early acquisition of spatial language.
2014 National Science Foundation, #1145762, REU Site: Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Language and Speech Processing. $305,499
2013 National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, #R15HD065117, Infants’ Representations of Sources and Goals in Events.

PEER-REVIEWED MANUSCRIPTS

 

Lakusta, L., Spinelli, D., & Garcia, K., (2017). The relationship between pre-verbal event representations and semantic structures: The case of goal and source paths, Cognition, 174-187.

Lakusta, L. & DiFabrizio, S., (2016). And, the Winner Is…A Visual Preference for End Points over Starting Points in Infants’ Motion Event Representations, Infancy, 1-21. DOI: 10.1111/infa.12153

Lakusta, L., Muentener, P., Petrillo, L., Mullanaphy, N., & Muniz, L., (2016). Does making something move matter? Representations of goals and sources in causal motion events. Cognitive Science, 1-13. DOI number: 10.1111/cogs.12376

Lakusta, L., & Carey, S. (2015). Twelve-month-old infants’ encoding of goal and source paths in agentive and non-agentive motion events. Language Learning and Development, 11(2), 152-175. DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2014.896168

Lakusta, L. & Landau, L. (2012). Language and memory for motion events: Origins of the asymmetry between goal and source paths. Cognitive Science, 36(3), 517-544. DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01220.x.

Muentener, P. & Lakusta, L. (2011). The intention-to-CAUSE bias: Evidence from children’s causal language. Cognition, 119, 341-355

O’Hearn, K., Lakusta, L., Schroer, E., Minshew, N., Luna, B. (2011). Deficits in adults with autism spectrum disorders when processing multiple objects in dynamic scenes. Autism Research, 4(2), 132-142. PMID: 21254449.

Lakusta, L., Dessalegn, B., & Landau, B. (2010). Impaired geometric reorientation caused by genetic defect. PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(7), 2813-2817. PMID: 20133673. (Note MSU article and popular press article written about this paper on MSNBC.com, please see references below.)

Wagner, L. & Lakusta, L. (2009). Using language to navigate the infant mind. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(2), 177-184.

Landau, B. & Lakusta, L. (2009). Spatial representations across species: geometry, language, and maps. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 19, 1-8.

McRoberts, G.W. McDonough, C., & Lakusta, L. (2009). The role of verbal repetition in the development of infant speech preferences from 4- to 14-months of age. Infancy, 14(2), 162-194.

Lakusta, L., Wagner, L., O’Hearn, K., & Landau, B. (2007). Conceptual foundations of spatial language: Evidence for a goal bias in infants. Language Learning and Development, 3(3), 179-197.

Landau, B. & Lakusta, L. (2006). Spatial language and spatial representation: Autonomy and interaction. In M. Hickmann & S. Roberts (Eds.), Space in languages: linguistic systems and cognitive categories. Part of the Typological Studies in Language series. John Benjamin Publishers.

Lakusta, L., & Landau, B. (2005). Starting at the end: The importance of goals in spatial language. Cognition, 96, 1-33.

Gomez. R. L., & Lakusta, L. (2004). A first step in form-based category abstraction by 12-month- old infants. Developmental Science, 7(5), 567-580.

Landau, B., Hoffman, J. E., Reiss, J. E., Dilks, D. D., Lakusta, L., & Chunyo, G. (2004). Specialization and breakdown in spatial cognition: Lessons from Williams syndrome. In C. Morris, H. Lenhoff, & P. Wang (Eds.), Williams-Beuren Syndrome: Research and Clinical Perspectives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Thomas, M., Grant, J., Barham, Z., Gsoedl, M., Laing, E., Lakusta, L., Tyler, L. K., Grice, S., Paterson, S., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2001). Past tense formation in Williams syndrome. Special Issue: Language and Cognitive Processes in Developmental Disorders, 16(2), 143-176.

INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

 

Lakusta, L., Thothathiri, M., Mendez, D., Marinkovic, M. (2016). Evidence for Broad Notion of Source in Child Language,Proceedings Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston

Lakusta, L. & Wagner, L. (2016). Conceptualizing the event: The relationship between infants’ representations and linguistic organization, in D. Barner & A. Baron (Eds.), Conceptual change and core knowledge. Oxford University Press.

Lakusta, L., Muentener, P., Mejia, I., Petrillo, L., Mullanaphy, N. (2012). Representations of goals and sources in causal motion events over development. Proceedings Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Landau, B., & Lakusta, L. (2006). Spatial language and spatial representation: Autonomy and interaction. In M. Hickmann & S. Roberts (Eds.), Space in languages: linguistic systems and cognitive categories. Part of the Typological Studies in Language series. John Benjamin Publishers.

Landau, B., Hoffman, J. E., Reiss, J. E., Dilks, D. D., Lakusta, L., & Chunyo, G. (2004). Specialization and breakdown in spatial cognition: Lessons from Williams syndrome. In C. Morris, H. Lenhoff, & P. Wang (Eds.), Williams-Beurn Syndrome: Research and Clinical Perspectives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Lakusta, L. (2010). Interview by Kavita Varma-White. MSNBC.com, “The Body Odd – Always Lost in May Be in Your Genes” http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/03/03/4380008-always-lost-it-may-be-in-your-genes

Lakusta, L. (2010). Interview by Scott Buchanan [Tape recording]. The Montclarion, “Montclair Professor Demonstrates Link Between Navigation and Genes”
https://issuu.com/themontclarion/docs/mont_fullissue_4-8-10

ORAL PRESENTATIONS (* denotes MSU student collaborators)

 

Lakusta, L., Thothathiri, M., Mendez, D., Marinkovic, M. (2016). Evidence for Broad Notion of Source in Child Language, Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Lakusta, L., *Brucato, M., *Bindra, A., Polen, M., & Landau, B. (2016). The language of support in young childrens’ spontaneous speech. Presented at the 20th International Conference on Infant Studies, May, New Orleans, LA.

Lakusta, L., *Spinelli, D., & *Farese, S. (2016). The mapping of preverbal thought to language: Infants’ categorization of goal paths in motion events. Presented at the 20th International Conference on Infant Studies, May, New Orleans, LA.

*Brucato, M., *Bindra, A., Polen, M., Lakusta, L., & Landau, B. (2016). The language of support in young children’s spontaneous speech. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, March, New York.

Lakusta, L., *Spinelli, D. *Bindra, A., *Ardis, J., *Anthony, M., *Conlon, K., *Garcia, O., & *Ponton, D. (2015). Infants’ representations of goals in motion events: The relationship between event conceptualization and language development. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society, October, Columbus.

Lakusta, L., Muentener, .P, *Petrillo, L., *Mullanaphy, N., *Muniz, L., *Sommers, M., *Colucio, I. (2015). The influence of causation on a goal bias over development. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, March, Philadelphia.

*DiFabrizio, S., Lakusta, L., Sommer, M., & Colucio, I. (2015). Modulating a goal bias in infants’ motion event representations. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, March, Philadelphia.

*Labropoulos, D., Lakusta, L., *Bury, J., *Sommer, S., *Wiseman, K., *Garcia, O.,*Berdeu, S., & *Steinberg, A. (2014). Comprehension of Goal Path and Source Path Terms in 14- to 18-Month-Old Infants. Poster presented at XIXth International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Lakusta, L., *Garcia, K., *Bantinjane, J. & Carey, S. (2014, July). Infants’ Categorization of Sources and Goals in Motion Events. Paper presented in symposia in L. Lakusta (chair), Representing the event for purposes of language: Infants’ categorization of path, manner, and ground in motion events. XIXth International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Lakusta, L., *Colucio, I., *DiFabrizio, S., *Yuschak, K., & *Batinjane, J. (2013). Infants’ preferences for goals over sources in motion events: Will the source ever win? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Seattle.

Lakusta, L., Muentener, P., *Mejia, I., *Petrillo, L., *Mullanaphy, N. (2012). Representations of goals and sources in causal motion events over development. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

*McGowan, S. & Lakusta, L. (2012). Adults’ motion event representations: Memory of endpoints for accidental actions. Poster presented at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science Convention, May, Chicago.

*Batraki, D., *Fandino, J., *Garcia, K., Thothathiri, M., & Lakusta, L. (2012). The Notion of Source in Adults’ Event Representations. Poster presented at the 2012 Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, March, Pittsburgh.

*Colucio, I., *DiFabrizio, S., *Sommer, M., *Steinberg, A., & Lakusta, L. (2012). Evidence for a goal bias in infants across various events. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, March, Pittsburgh.

Lakusta, L., *Yuschak, K., *Batinjane, J., & Carey, S. (2011). Foundations of language learning: Infants’ categorization of sources and goals in motion events. Poster presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Lakusta, L. (2011). Language and memory for motion events: Children’s representations of source and goal paths. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Montreal.

Lakusta, L., *Yuschak, K., *Batinjane, J. & Carey, S. (2010). The relationship between pre-linguistic thought and language: Goals and sources in motion events. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, April, New York, New York.

Lakusta, L., *Yuschak, K., *Batinjane, J. & Carey, S. (2010). Conceptual foundations of language: Infants’ categorization of sources and goals. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, March, Baltimore.

Reardon, R., Lakusta, L., Muentener, P., & Carey, S. (2009). Where do we come from? Representations of sources in infants’ event representations. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society, October, Santa Antonio.

Muentener, P. & Lakusta, L. (2009). The language of causal events: Exploring the link between representations of intentional action and causal events. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Denver.

O’Hearn, K., Jollie, L., Schroer, E., Lakusta, L., & Luna, B. (2008). Impaired processing of the meaningful parts of a visual scene in autism. Poster presented at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, May, Pittsburgh.

Lakusta, L., & Carey, S. (2008). Infants’ categorization of sources and goals in motion events. Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, March, Vancouver, Canada.

Muentener, P., Lakusta, L., Harper, K., & Carey, S. (2008). Representations of causality in young children’s causal language. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, March, Vancouver, Canada.

Lakusta, L., Reardon, R., Oakes, L., & Carey, S. (2007). A goal bias in pre-linguistic thought and language: How strong is the homology? Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Lakusta, L., Dessalegn, B., & Landau, B. (2007). A role for language in reorientation: Evidence from Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the Cognitive Development Society, October, Santa Fe.

Lakusta, L., & Landau, B. (2007). Goal bias in language and in non-linguistic motion event representations. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Boston.

Lakusta, L., Dessalegn, B., & Landau, B. (2006). Failure to represent geometry in people with Williams syndrome? Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November, Houston.

Lakusta, L., Dessalegn, B., & Landau, B. (2006). Navigation in Williams syndrome: Successes and failures. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Professional Conference on Williams syndrome, July, Richmond.

Lakusta, L., Yoshida, H., Landau, B., & Smith, L. (2006). Cross-linguistic evidence for a goal/source asymmetry: The case of Japanese. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, June, Kyoto, Japan.

Lakusta, L., Wessel, A., & Landau, B. (2006). Goal bias in non-linguistic motion event representations: The role of intentionality. Poster presented at the Vision Science Society Annual Meeting, May, Sarasota.

Lakusta, L. (2006). Conceptual foundations of spatial language: Infants’ representations of goals and sources in motion events. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, March, Baltimore.

Lakusta, L., Wessel, A., & Landau, B. (2005). Asymmetries in motion event representations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November, Toronto, Canada.

Wagner, L., Lakusta, L., O’Hearn, K., & Landau, B. (2005). Sources, manners, and goals: The conceptual foundations of spatial language. Invited paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Atlanta.

Lakusta, L., Wagner, L., O’Hearn, K., & Landau, B. (2004). Conceptual foundations of spatial language: Goals and sources in manner of motion events. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Lakusta, L., Wagner, L., O’Hearn Donny, K., & Landau, B. (2004). Conceptual foundations of spatial language: The importance of goals in motion events. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, May, Chicago.

Lakusta, L., Licona, R., & Landau, B. (2004). ‘Source vulnerability’ in normal and atypical development. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, April, Washington, DC.

Lakusta, L., Licona, R., & Landau, B. (2003). Sources, goals, and the representation of events in language. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Tampa.

Gomez, R. L., & Lakusta, L. (2002). Probabilistic language learning. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

Lakusta, L., Licona, R., & Landau, B. (2002). The interaction between spatial representation and spatial language: The language of events. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development, November, Boston.

McRoberts, G. W., Lakusta, L., McDonough, C., & McKee, A. (2002). Differential bias during infant gaze to speech and music. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, April, Toronto, Canada.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Lakusta, L. (2016). Conceptual foundations of language: Representations of Goals and sources over development. Invited paper presented at Seton Hall Colloquium Series, September, New Jersey.

Lakusta, L. (2016). Conceptual foundations of language: Goals and sources over development. Invited paper presented at CUNY Colloquium Series, March, New York.

Lakusta, L. (2013). Conceptual foundations of language: Representations of goals and sources over development. Invited paper presented at Ramapo College’s Colloquium Series, March, New Jersey.

Lakusta, L. (2012). Pre-linguistic representations of goal and source paths in events. Invited paper presented at Rutgers Developmental Brown Bag, March, New Jersey.

Lakusta, L. (2012). Pre-linguistic foundations of language: Representations of goal and source paths in events. Invited paper presented at Johns Hopkins University IGERT conference, February, Maryland.

Lakusta, L. (2011). Language and memory for motion events: The asymmetry between source and goal paths over development. Invited paper presented at Montclair State University’s Linguistics Brown Bag, October, New Jersey.

Lakusta, L. (2010). The development of spatial cognition. Invited paper presented at Montclair State University’s Children’s Center, April, New Jersey.

Lakusta, L. (2009). Language and memory for motion events: The asymmetry between source and goal paths. Invited paper presented at City University Graduate Center, September, New York.

Lakusta, L. (2009). The interaction between spatial cognition and language: The case of sources and goals. Invited paper presented at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Institute for the Study of Child Development, May, New Brunswick.

Lakusta, L. (2009). Keynote speaker for Montclair State University’s Psi Chi Induction Ceremony. Montclair State University, March, Montclair.

Lakusta, L. (2009). Infants’ representations of goals and sources in motion events. Invited paper presented at University of Maryland, Department of Psychology, March, College Park.

Lakusta, L. (2009). Sources and Goals: Representations in normally developing infants, children, and adults and children who have Williams syndrome. Invited paper presented at New York University, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, February, New York.

Lakusta, L. (2007). Sources and Goals: A case for parallel structure. Invited paper presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Event Reading Group, May, Boston.

Lakusta, L. (2007). Starting points and Endpoints: A case for parallel structure? Invited paper presented at Harvard University, Laboratory for Developmental Studies, March, Boston.

Lakusta, L. (2005). The role of intentionality in a goal/source asymmetry. Invited paper presented at Harvard University, Laboratory for Developmental Studies, September, Boston.

Lakusta, L. (2005). Sources and goals in motion events: How strong is the homology? Invited paper presented at University of Chicago, Department of Psychology, January, Chicago.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS AND UNDER REVIEW

Lakusta, L., *Spinelli, D. & *Garcia, K. (2017). The relationship between pre-verbal event representations and semantic structures: The case of goal and source paths. Cognition, accepted pending minor revisions.

Lakusta, L. (in prep). 18 month-olds’ representations of goal paths in language and thought.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2016 Montclair State University, CHSS Cali Sociology Fund Award

 

2016 Montclair State University Excellence Through Mentoring Award

 

2013 Montclair State Student Faculty Research Award

 

2012 Nominated for the CHSS Dean’s Recognition Award in Scholarship

 

2011 Montclair State University Student Faculty Research Award

 

2011 Montclair State University Summer Grant Proposal Development Award

 

2010 Montclair State University Career Development Award

 

2009 Montclair State University nominee to apply for a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend

 

2009 Montclair State University Summer Grant Proposal Development Award

 

2003-2005 National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education & Research Training (IGERT) Fellowship

 

2003 Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship

 

2002 Paula Menyuk Award, Boston University Conference on Language Development

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

9/05-8/08 Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Psychology, Laboratory for Developmental Studies

Investigated the conceptual foundations of spatial language. Explored infants’ and children’s conceptual representations of motion events. 

6/01-7/05 IGERT Graduate Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Cognitive Science, Language and Cognition Laboratory

Investigated the interaction between spatial cognition and language. Explored linguistic and non-linguistic representations in normally developing infants and children, and individuals with Williams syndrome. 

9/00-6/01 Graduate Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Development Laboratory

Investigated infant language learning mechanisms using the head-turn preference procedure and artificial language learning paradigms.

1/99-5/99 Undergraduate Research Assistant, University College London, Neurocognitive Development Unit

Investigated morphosyntactic abilities in individuals with Williams syndrome. 

9/97-5/00 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Lehigh University, Infant Speech Laboratory Investigated infant speech preferences towards adult and infant directed speech using the auditory preference procedure.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AS A GRADUATE / UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

 

9/00-2/04 Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychology, Assistant Teacher, Part Time. Assisted teaching: Language Development, Written Language, Introduction to Human Learning and Memory, Issues in Mental Health Care and Counseling, Sleep, Arousal, and Altered States of Consciousness, Physiological Psychology, Motivation, Abnormal Psychology

 

9/98-5/99 Lehigh University, Department of Psychology, Teacher’s Assistant, Part Time.

Assisted teaching: Child Development, Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis

INDEPENDENT STUDY/THESIS PROJECTS DIRECTED

 

1/09-

present

 

Student research assistants mentored in my MSU laboratory – Cognitive and Language Development Lab:

Megan Rusco (1/17 – present), Chelsea Lewis (graduate student, 1/17 – present), Holly Kobezak (9/16 – present), Melanie Lawrie (graduate student, 6/16 – present), Karina Zaragoza (6/16 – 10/16), Carla Iroldi (1/16 – present), Jennifer Rossel (1/16 – present), Tiffany Barahona (1/16 – 9/16), Dawn Rozakis (9/15– present), Samantha Farese (6/15 – present), Michelle Indarjit (6/15 – present), Maria Brucato (10/14 – present), Jessica Ardis (graduate student, 9/14 – 9/16), Amrita Bindra (graduate student, 8/14 – present), Delores Guillermina Ponton (6/14-9/15), Felicia Apito (6/14-9/15), Moira Anthony (6/14- 9/15), Danielle Spinelli (graduate student, 6/14 – 9/16), Kelsey Conlon (2/14-9/15), Amanda Quinn (6/13 –8/14), Sara Berdeu (6/13 – 5/14), Deanna Mendez (1/13 – 8/14), Omaris Garcia (9/12-9/15), Katie Wiseman (9/12- 6/14), Daphne Labropoulos (9/12-1/15), Marija Marinkovic (1/12-9/14), Jessica Bury (1/12-8/14), Stephanie DiFabrizio (graduate student, 6/11-present), Serina Hernandez (9/12-8/13), Jennifer Fandino (graduate student, 9/10-9/12), Lauren Muniz (6/11-1/13), Alexa Steinberg (6/11-9/12), Hila Lutz (6/11-9/12), Megan Sommer (6/11-0/14), Noelle Mullanaphy (6/11-1/13), Lauren Petrillo (1/11- 1/13), Inae Collucio (6/09-9/12), Donna Batraki (6/09-9/12), Shanique McGowan (1/09-9/12), Ivonne Mejia (1/09-7/11), Jessica Bantinjane (1/09- 7/11), Kathryn Yuschak (graduate student, 1/09-7/11)Michelle Wiese (6/09- 12/10), David Kerner (6/09-8/10), Eman Warraich (1/09-5/10), Angeli Guintu (9/09 – 5/10), Elizabeth Cogan (1/09-9/09), Keyla Silva (1/09-9/09), Celia Diaz (1/09-9/09), James Nye (1/09-9/09)

4/16 Spinelli, D. & Farese, S. (2016). Infants’ categorization of goal events. Presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/16 Brucato, M. (2016). The language of support in young childrens’ spontaneous speech. Presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/16 Bindra, A., Ardis, J., Indarjit, M., & Lakusta, L., (2016). Language Development of Goal Spatial Prepositions. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/15 Spinelli, D., Anthony, M., Wiseman, K., Quinn, A., & Lakusta, L. (2015). Infants’ categorization of goal events. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/15

 

Spinelli, D., Anthony, M., Wiseman, K., Quinn, A., & Lakusta, L. (2015). Infants’ categorization of goal events. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/15

 

Bindra, A., Garcia, O., Ponton, D., & Lakusta, L. (2015) Infants’ comprehension of spatial prepositions. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/15

 

Conlon, K., Apito, F., Ardis, J., Labropoulous, D., Bury, J., & Lakusta, L. (2015). Infants’ comprehension of source and goal path terms in motion events. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/14

 

Garcia, O., Mendez, D., Hernandez, S., Marinkovic, M., Batraki, D., Fandino, J., Thotharthiri, M. (2014). The notion of source in children’s event representations. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/14

 

Labropoulos, D., Bury, J., Berdue, S., & Steinberg, A. (2014). Infants’ comprehension of source and goal path terms in motion events. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/14

 

Wiseman, K., Sommer, M., Bury, J., & Colucio, I. (2014). Fixated on the end: Infants’ looking bias towards goal events. Is our goal bias incapable of change? Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/13 Sommer, M., Bury, J., Colucio, I., & Wiseman, K. (2013). Will the goal always win? Talk presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/13 Hernandez, S., Marinkovic, M., Lutz, H., Batraki, D., Fandino, J., & Thothathiri, M. (2013). The notion of source in children’s event representations. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
4/13 Bury, J., Labropoulos, D., & Steinberg, A. (2013). Infants’ comprehension of source and goal path terms in motion events. Poster presented at the Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair, NJ.
5/12 Stephanie DiFabrizio, “An Asymmetry Between Goal and Source in Infants’ Representations of Motion Events”, Master’s Thesis, Montclair State University.
4/12 Shanique McGowan, “Adults’ Motion Event Representations: Memory of Endpoints for Accidental Actions”, Oral presentation at Montclair State University’s Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2012, Montclair, NJ.
4/12 Megan Sommer, “Comprehension and production of Goal and Source Prepositions in Infants”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2012, Montclair, NJ.
4/12 Stephanie DiFabrizio, “An Asymmetry Between Goal and Source in Infants’ Representations of Motion Events”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2012, Montclair, NJ.
4/12 Hila Lutz, Donna Batraki, Jennifer Fandino, & Lauren Muniz, “The Notion of Source in Adults’ Linguistic Event Representations”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2012, Montclair, NJ.
4/11 Donna Batraki, Jennifer Fandino, & Kathrn Yuschak, “The Notion of Source in Adults’ Event Representations”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium; April, 2011, Montclair, NJ
4/11 Inae Colucio, Jessica Batinjane, & Kathryn Yuschak, “Do Infants Really Prefer More Exciting Objects?” Oral presentation at Montclair State University’s Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2011, Montclair, NJ.
4/11 Shanique McGowan, “Adults’ Non-linguistic Representations of Sources and Goals in Events”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium, April, 2011, Montclair.
4/10 Kathryn Yuschak & Jessica Bantinjane, “Foundations of Language: Infants’ Discrimination of Goal Events”, Poster presented at Montclair State University’s Fourth Annual Student Research Symposium, April, Montclair.
1/08-8/09 Rachel Reardon, “The Role of Causality in Event Representations”, Harvard University Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis Proposal
6/07-8/07 Amanda Utevsky, “Foundations of Spatial Language: Do Infants Categorize “To” and “From”?”, Poster presented at Harvard University’s Laboratory for Developmental Studies Poster Symposium
6/07-8/07 Samuel Messing, “Endpoint Bias in Non-Linguistic Representations of Motion Events”, Poster presented at Harvard University’s Laboratory for Developmental Studies Poster Symposium
6/06-8/06 Lisa Hong, “Non-Linguistic Representations of Motion Events”, Poster presented at Harvard University’s Laboratory for Developmental Studies Poster Symposium
6/03-12/04 John Paul Stephens, “Source Vulnerability in Non-Linguistic Event Representations”, Morgan State University Poster Presentatio

 

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENT RECORD

 

9/16 – present

 

Affiliate Faculty, Writing Studies Department
9/13 – present

 

Associate Professor Department of Psychology
2011 – present

 

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
9/08 – 9/13

 

Assistant Professor Department of Psychology

 

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTIONAL RECORD

 

9/08-present All evaluations and syllabi available upon request


PROFESSIONAL, PUBLIC, AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE

 

University and College Committees/Activities

 

9/16-present Elected Member, CHSS Mentoring Committee Resource Faculty,

New Faculty Program, 2016-2017

 

4/16 Moderator, MSU Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium Committee, CHSS representative

 

9/11-9/14 Elected Member, University Senate, Academic Affairs Council

 

9/11 – 9/14 Elected Member, Employee Safety Subcommittee of the University Committee on Campus Safety, CHSS representative

 

7/11 – 9/14 Member, MSU Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium Committee, CHSS representative

 

9/09 –5/11

 

Elected Member, University Senate, Administrative Affairs Council

 

5/09 – 9/14 Elected Member, University Senate, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Representative

 

 

Department Committees/Activities

 

9/16-5/17

 

Chair, Developmental Psychology Faculty Search Committee
5/16-

present

 

Member, BAMA Committee
3/16 –

present

 

Member, Child Advocacy Personal Advisory Committee
9/15 –

present

 

Elected Member, Department Personal Advisory Committee
9/13 – 6/14  

Member, School Psychology Faculty Search Committee

 

9/13 – 9/14  

Elected Member, Department Personal Advisory Committee

 

9/12 –9/14  

Member, Psychology SWOT Analysis Committee

 

1/11 – 9/15  

Co-Chair, Psychology Online Degree Completion Committee

 

9/08-9/14

 

Elected Member, Adjunct Evaluation Committee
5/09-8/11  

Elected Member, Graduate Assistant Committee

 

5/10 – 5/11  

Participant, CHSS Student Convocation Celebration Set-Up Group

 

12/10 –

2/11

 

Researcher, Conducted research culminating in an eight page report about how online learning is being carried out in the Psychology Department

 

9/09 – 5/10  

Elected Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

 

10/08-5/09  

Participant, General Psychology Graduate Program Restructuring Group

 

10/08-4/09  

Co-Chair, Child Clinical Faculty Search Committee

 

 

DISCIPLINE BASED

 

Professional Service

 

9/15-

present

International Conference of Infant Studies, 2018, planning committee
11/08 Introduced Keynote Speaker at the Boston University Conference of Language Development
9/06 -5/07
Organizer
, Harvard/MIT Event Structure Reading Group
1/04-5/04
Organizer
, Johns Hopkins University Cognitive Science/Psychology Women in Science Group
9/01-5/03
Member,
Johns Hopkins University Psychological and Brain Sciences Teaching Assistantship Committee
9/01-5/02
Chair
, Johns Hopkins Graduate Student Psychology Colloquium Committee

 

Ad Hoc Reviewing

 

Boston University Conference on Language Development Brain and Language

Child Development Cognition

Cognitive Development Cognitive Science Cognitive Science Society Developmental Psychology Developmental Science

Experimental Brain Research Infancy

Journal of Experimental Psychology Language and Cognitive Processes National Science Foundation Journal of Child Language Psychological Science

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Spatial Learning Network

Society for Research in Child Development

International Congress Infant Studies

Cognitive Development Society

Society for Language Development