Email Dr. ConnersDr. 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. More information about Dr. Conners and her research can be found on her web page.
Dr. Ed Merrill, PhD is a professor emeritus here at the University of Alabama. His main interests focus on the development of language, spatial abilities, and wayfinding in those with ID, and specifically those with Down syndrome. He is also interested in the impact of implicit cognition on decision making and sex differences in cognitive abilities. As a professor he also teaches courses in cognition and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Merrill and his lab frequently collaborate on research with the Cognition and Intellectual Disabilities Lab. More information about Dr. Merrill and his research can be found on his web page.