Dr. Fran Conners received her PhD in experimental psychology at Case Western Reserve University in 1987. Her main research interests are in language and cognition in individuals with ID, especially those with Down syndrome. She looks for areas of strength as well as areas of specific difficulty, how they impact higher-level cognitive/language function, and what implications there are for intervention. Her focus areas are in implicit processing, working memory, and reading. Dr. Conners is the Psychology Department Chair, and teaches courses in research methods and intellectual disabilities.
Current Graduate Students:
Gayle Graham Faught is from Tuscaloosa and attended the University of Alabama for her undergraduate degree. She is currently in her fifth year in the program, and her concentration is Developmental Science. Gayle’s research interests are a host of cognitive processes in Down syndrome, including sustained attention and phonological memory. In her spare time, she likes to hike with her puppy, attempt to play golf and tennis with her husband, go out on the lake, and go to Alabama football games.
Andrew Tungate was born and raised in Orlando, FL and received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Currently, he is in the fourth year of the program in the Cognitive concentration. His research is focused on the relationship between exercise and cognition in Down syndrome. In Andrew’s spare time he loves to read and be active, whether it is playing golf or going for a run he is happy just being outside.
Former Graduate Students:
Allyson Phillips is from Little Rock, Arkansas, but did her undergraduate at Colorado Christian University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Broadly, her research focuses on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Allyson us now an assistant professor at Ouachita Baptist University near her hometown. All of Allyson’s spare time is spent with her amazing husband and two beautiful children.
Susan Loveall graduated with a dual concentration in developmental and cognitive psychology. She also completed the statistics minor. Her research interests include finding ways to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn better, with special emphasis on reading and language. After two years as a postdoctoral fellowship at the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas, she is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, being outside, and hanging out with my bulldog Emme.
Marie Moore Channell earned her Ph.D. in Experimental (Developmental) Psychology at the University of Alabama, where she also earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology. After her PhD she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Autism Research Training Program (ARTP) at the MIND Institute, University of California, Davis. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include understanding the trajectories of cognitive and socio-emotional development and their relations to language skills in individuals with Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders.