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Michigan State UniversityCognitive Science Program

Program Alumni

College of Law

Gia Barboza, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Northeastern University.


Bradley John Alicea, Ph.D. Head Scientist, Orthogonal Research and Education Laboratory
Allison Eden, Ph.D. 2011. Assitant Professor, Michigan State University.
Daniel Fogerty, M.A. 2004 (Ph.D. from Indiana University), Associate Professor, University of South Carolina.
Matthew Grizzard, Ph.D. 2013. Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo.
Lindsay Hahn, Ph.D. 2018. Postdoctoral research associate, University of Georgia.
Robert Lewis, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin.
Diane Ogiela, Ph.D. 2009. Associate Professor, Idaho State University.
Reed Reynolds, Ph.D. 2020.
Kevin Kryston, Ph.D. 2021.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Elizabeth Wieland, Ph.D. 2018. Software developer and data scientist.

Computer Science and Engineering

Dirk Colbry, Ph.D. 2006. Director of HPC studies, Michigan State University.
Matt Luciw, Ph.D. 2010. Researcher, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology / Neurala.
Mayur Mudigonda, M.S. 2010. Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley.
Zahar Prasov, Ph.D. 2010. Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.
Sari Sadiya, M.A. 2017. Ph.D. student, Michigan State University.
Mojtaba Solgi, Ph.D. 2013. Vice President of AI and Machine Learning, Axon.
Kwok Hung Tang, Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida.
Zejia Zheng, Ph.D. 2018. Software Engineer, Zoox Inc.


Yi-Ling Cheng, Ph.D. 2016. Assistant Professor, Michigan State University.


Amanda Lorenz-Reaves, Ph.D. 2017. Academic specialist, Michigan State University.

Geological Sciences

Nicole LaDue, Ph.D. 2013. Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University.


Anthony Delli Paoli, Ph.D. 2017. Assistant Professor, Manhattanville College.
Andrew Parks, Ph.D. 2017. Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Michigan.
Virginia Heibel-Witte, Ph.D. 2016
Katy Gwizdala, Ph.D. 2019.

Linguistics and Languages

Carrie Lynn Campbell, M.A. Yale Law Student.
Kiel Christianson, Ph.D. 2002. Professor, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Hannah Forsythe, Ph.D. 2018. Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Irvine.
Jessica Gamache, Ph.D. 2014. Principle Design Researcher, Capgemini Invent.
John F. Halliwell, Ph.D. 2004. Assistant Professor, Saint Michael's College.
Matthew Husband, Ph.D. 2010. Associate Professor, University of Oxford.
Karen Miller, Ph.D. 2007. Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University.
Alicia Parrish, M.A. 2017. Ph.D. student, New York University.
Ming Xiang, Ph.D. 2005. Associate Professor, University of Chicago.
Ni La Le, Ph.D. 2019
Kaylin Smith, Ph.D. 2020

Media and Information Studies

Carie Cunningham, Ph.D. 2016. User Experience Researcher, Nuance Communications.


Julie Aultman, Ph.D. Professor, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.


Elizabeth (Helder) Babcock, Ph.D. 2008. Assistant Professor, Augustana College.
Karl Bailey, Ph.D. 2004. Professor, Andrews University.
Monica Castelhano, Ph.D. 2005. Associate Professor, University of Queens.
Doug Davidson, Ph.D. 2006. Staff Scientist, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language.
Paul Engelhardt, Ph.D. 2008. Lecturer, University of East Anglia.
Richard Falk, M.A.
Daniel Gajewski, Ph.D. Post-doctoral fellow, George Washington University.
Andrew Hollingworth, Ph.D. 2000. Associate Professor, University of Iowa.
Youyang Hou, M.S. 2012. Ph.D. student, Univerity of Michigan.
Katherine Jones, M.A. 2015
Elena Patsenko, Ph.D. 2010. Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nikole Patson, M.A. Associate Professor, Ohio State University.
Aaron Pearson, M.A.
Benjamin Swets, Ph.D. 2007. Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University.
David Thomas, M.A.
Christine Velarde, M.A.
Thomas Wagner, M.A.
Mareike Wieth, Ph.D. 2005. Associate Professor, Albion College.
Ellie Kim-Fromboluti
Peter Kvam
Stella Qian

Second Language Studies

Jens Schmidke, Ph.D 2015. Lecturer, German Jordinian University.
Minhye Kim, Ph.D. 2020

Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

Eui Jun Jeong, Ph.D. 2011. Associate Professor, Konkuk University.


Frank Bartlett, Ph.D. Post-doctoral fellow, Michigan State University.
John Townsend-Mehler, Ph.D. 2009. Post-doctoral fellow, Michigan State University.
Kathryn Wharton, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor. Wooster College.

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MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Prof. Jan Brascamp, director of the visual neuroscience lab, and research assistant Haley Frey have an exhibition titled "FOMO?: Change Blindness and Selective Attention" on display at the MSU Museum Friday, March 4, 2022 from noon - 1pm. This collaboration between Michigan State University's Psychology Department and the MSU Museum is a part of the larger exhibition "The Observation Experiment" taking place from February 22 - April 30, 2022. Registration for this event is required and can be filled out here.

ATTENTION: Because of the move to remote format for MSU classes and events during the Fall 2020 semester, cognitive science events will take place online until further notice. Please see specific event pages for more details on remote attending.

Due to the novel coronavirus, all cognitive science events will be cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will release more information on new dates for postponed events as they are rescheduled. For official updates and information on MSU's response to the coronavirus, visit

Graduate student Stella (Cheng) Qian , member of the Brascamp lab for Visual Neuroscience, is the recipient of an Elsevier/Vision Research Travel Award for the 2019 Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. [link]

Prof. Aline Godfroid was the recipient of the 2019 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. The award was granted by the TESOL organization for her study "Incidental vocabulary learning in a natural reading context: An eye-tracking study", which was published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. The article was selected by the organization as the best TESOL-related, empirical research article appearing in 2018. [link]

Graduate student Kaylin Smith, member of the Phonetics and Phonology group at MSU, is the recipient of an International Phonetic Association Student Award for the 2019 International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, which takes place August 5-9th in Melbourne, Australia.

Prof. Jan Brascamp , as instructor of the Cognitive Psychology honors course, had an exhibition titled The Art of Psychology of Perception on display at the MSU Broad Art Lab. This was a collaboration between the Psychology department and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The exhibition was active from December 15th, 2018 until April 7, 2019. Rather than educating psychology students from utilizing a traditional art history overview, the students assessed the works on display using their own disciplinary background and perspective. [link]

Prof. Arun Ross was one of four panelists in a BBC Newshour Extra program titled Facing the Future, moderated by journalist Owen Bennet Jones. The panel discussed advancements made from automated face recognition and also personal privacy and biometrics. [link]

Prof. William Hartmann was awarded the 2017 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Gold Medal for his contributions to the field of acoustics. His research has dealt with the perceptual analysis of sounds from varying sources, processing pitch, how humans localize sounds in space, and more. [link]

Profs. Devin McAuley and Natalie Phillips received an NSF Grant, The Role of Narrative in Music Perception, to study the factors which shape narrative listening to music and the relationship between narrative listening and other aspects of musical perception. [link]

Prof. Arun Ross and his colleague from NYU have had their research on the security of mobile fingerprint scanning featured in The New York Times, MSU Today, Popular Science, Homeland Security News Wire, and Science 360 News.

Professors Arun Ross, Xiaoming Liu, and Anil Jain received a 4-year grant from IARPA to conduct research on Presentation Attack Detection for fingerprint, face and iris biometric systems. [link]

CSE student Thomas Swearingen and his adviser Prof. Arun Ross won the runner up award for best paper at ISBA 2017. [link]

Research on laptop use and classroom learning by Prof. Susan Ravizza, Mitchell Uitvlugt, and Prof. Kim Fenn was featured in US News, BYU Radio, The Conversation, and numerous higher education journals [1, 2, 3, 4].

Prof. Cristina Schmitt received an NSF Grant, Effects of Variation and Variability in the Acquisition of Two Dialects of Spanish, to study first language acquisition of Spanish in the context of variability caused by contact between two very different varieties of Spanish: Paraguayan Spanish, which is heavily influenced by Guaraní (an indigenous language), and Rioplatense Spanish (spoken in Buenos Aires). [link]

Prof. Aline Godfroid received a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant for her validation project on "Measuring implicit and explicit L2 knowledge: Synthesizing 12 years of research."

Prof. Mark Becker has published five papers so far this year in Perception,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,Packaging Technology and Science,Visual Cognition, and Applied Ergonomics.

Sunpreet Arora and Anil Jain were part of a team that won Best Paper at BioSig 2016 for their paper titled "3D Whole Hand Targets: Evaluating Slap and Contactless Fingerprint Readers".

Dr. Anil Jain was part of a team that won Best Poster at BioSig 2016 for a poster titled "Advances in Capturing Child Fingerprints: A High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor with SLDR Method".

Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Arun Ross were awarded a three-year NSF grant under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for their proposal entitled "Imparting Privacy to Biometric Data in Cyberspace".

Dr. Arun Ross (with Dr. Nasir Memon, NYU) was awarded a three-year NSF grant for their project entitled "The Master Print: Investigating and Addressing Vulnerabilities in Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems".

Science writer Carl Sherman's story on stuttering for the Dana Foundation website, titled Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain, featured research by Prof. Devin McAuley.

Summer 2016
Dr. Mark Becker was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to present his work investigating individual differences in cognition and personality that predict rare target detection at their Workshop on Developing Personnel Selection Tools for Forensic Scientists.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers and colleague Bruce McNaughton received an NSF grant to study the dynamics of hippocampal-cortical communication during memory formation and recall.

Summer 2016
Prof. Susan Ravizza became a senior editor for the journal Brain Research.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers received a Templeton Foundation grant to study the molecular coherence of genetic variants related to behavioral traits, including IQ.

For older news, check out our news archive here.

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements