Fran ConnersDr. 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.
Dr. Gayle Faught received her PhD in developmental science at The University of Alabama in 2017. After a year of full-time teaching at UA, she joined the faculty at University of South Carolina-Aiken as an Assistant Professor. In 2020, she returned to UA as a Postdoctoral Scientist to work on the lab's Cognitive Change study. We enthusiastically welcome her back! In addition to her research activities, Dr. Faught teaches topical seminars in developmental science.
Dr. Ed Merrill 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. 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:
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.