Dr. Fran Conners was born and grew up in southern Connecticut. She earned her B.A. in psychology at Colgate University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology (specializing in intellectual disabilities) at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on cognition and language in individuals with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Conners looks for strengths and challenges in basic abilities, how they impact higher-level cognitive/language function, and what implications there are for intervention. In her free time, Dr. Conners likes to travel, hike, and tend her plants. Also, in the pandemic, she has taken up jigsaw puzzles.
Jenna Reardanz was born in San Diego, CA, but grew up in Washington State. She received her B.A. from Whitworth University in 2016 with a major in psychology and a minor in theology. She received her M.A. in psychology from The University of Alabama in 2018. Her research interests center around disability and social development. Additionally, she is interested in how research can best be used to inform and influence policy. She is currently investigating the impact of type of disability on children's and teen's decisions to include vs. exclude peers in everyday activities. In her free time Jenna enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with friends, family, & her cats. And of course cheering on the Crimson Tide!
Kristina Beall was born in Mesquite, TX, but grew up in Cedar Park, TX. She received her B.A. in psychology and mathematics from Ouachita Baptist University in 2018. Her research interests include intellectual and developmental disabilities with an emphasis on the development of cognitive processes. In her free time, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband, swimming, hammocking, and watching Netflix.