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Language, Experience, and Development (LEAD) Lab

News & Updates

April 27, 2022
Congratulations to Ananya Devadiga and Daniel Pyo on presenting their outstanding independent research projects at the University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Symposium! Ananya and Daniel are both med school-bound, and we will miss them after they graduate this year. Congrats!

April 15, 2022
Congratulations to master's student Grace Kim on an excellent poster presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Research Symposium today! This was the culmination of Grace's master's research project on semantic contingency in adult-child conversation. Great work Grace!

April 12, 2022
Congratulations to research affiliate Klaudia Kulawska, who accepted an offer for the PhD in Counseling Psychology program at Lehigh University! Klaudia has been working with the LEAD lab for nearly 2 years and completed her undergraduate honors thesis under Dr. Romeo's supervision. We will certainly miss her, but are so excited for this amazing next step in her career. Congrats Klaudia!

April 5, 2022
Congratulations to graduate student Victoria Alexander, first year student in the Human Development doctoral program, who was accepted into the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science certificate program. Victora will complete the NACS certificate under Dr. Romeo's supervision. Congrats and welcome Victoria!

April 4, 2022
Congratulations to graduate student Alexa McDorman who was named to the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program! The NSF GRFP that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines. The five-year fellowship is an incredibly prestigious award  and includes three years of financial support that will fund the remainder of Alexa's doctoral study. Congrats Alexa!

March 31, 2022
Congratulations to master's student Amanda Rosenberg and research affiliate Amy Carolus for presenting excellent posters at the Society for Affective Science this week! Amanda presented findings from her master's thesis on  parents' regulations strategies in childhood predicting adolescent mental health, and Amy presented findings from her post-bacc work on emotional awareness and emotional regution in youth. Congrats Amanda and Amy!

March 16, 2022
Welcome to incoming graduate students Ellen Roche and Gavkhar Abdurokhmonova! Ellen will begin the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science doctoral program and Gavkhar will join the Human Development doctoral program, and both have received the prestigious Flagship Fellowship for outstanding incoming graduate students. Congratulations Ellen and Gavkhar, and welcome to the LEAD lab!

February 22, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Romeo, who was recently named a Rising Star by the American Psychological Society! The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD, and recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. Congrats Dr. Romeo!

February 10, 2022
The LEAD lab is hiring! Read our ad for a lab manager here and apply here!

February 3, 2022
The LEAD lab just received it's first grant! We will be investigating how various dimensions of parent-child interaction scaffold neurodevelopment for language, executive functioning, and social cognition. Read more at

September 1, 2021
Dr. Romeo is accepting graduate students to start in Fall of 2022! Please see the Prospective Students page to learn more. We hope to see you in the LEAD lab soon!