The CRADL Group: Members and

Jeff Gilger

Principle Investigator/  Lab Director | Professor and Chair of Developmental Psychology

  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987, Developmental Psychology/Behavioral Genetics
  • M.A. Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, 1984, Experimental Psychology/Personality
  • M.S. California State University, Hayward, 1982, Clinical Child/School Psychology, Pupil Personnel and California School Psychologist Credentials
  • B.A. California State University, Hayward, 1980, Psychology/Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
Area of Specialty and/or Interest:
  • Spatial Cognition, Giftedness, Reading, Learning/Language Disabilities
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Special Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Medical Genetics

Meaghan N. Altman

Lab Manager

  • Ph.D./M.S. Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
Area of Specialty and/or Interest:
  • Evolutionary influence on the development and expression of social-cognitive processes.
  • More specifically, how are variables such as interpersonal relationships, empathetic arousal, and perceived similarity mediate cognitive mechanisms related to perception, moral decision making, and attention.

Alex Khislavsky

  • Ph.D./M.S. Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
  • B.A. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Area of Specialty and/or Interest:
  •  My broad focus is the study of attention, inhibition, and executive function across contexts.
  • More specifically my projects look at how factors like social ostracism, bilingualism, and natural selection pressures influence our ability to pay attention, switch focus, stop task-irrelevant responses, and use higher-order reasoning. Recently we’ve also been using complex statistical methods to analyze large archival datasets  as a means of better understanding changes in attention function over time. My target populations are young children, teens, and young adults.

Current Graduate Students

Cerena Lee
Anabel Castillo
Maryam Trebeau Crogmam


Current RA’s

Coming soon