Dr. Fran Conners trained in experimental psychology and intellectual disability research with Douglas K. Detterman at Case Western Reserve University and spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate working on reading disability research with Richard K. Olson at the University of Colorado. She received a 5-year NIH FIRST award (R29) as an early career investigator to study phonological skills in children with intellectual disabilities (ID). Her main research interests are in language and cognition in individuals with ID, especially those with Down syndrome. She looks for areas of strength as well as areas of specific difficulty, how they impact higher-level cognitive/language function, and what implications there are for intervention. Her focus areas are in implicit processing, working memory, and reading. Dr. Conners teaches courses in research methods and intellectual disabilities.
Eric Cooks coordinates the University of Alabama Intellectual Disabilities Participant Registry. Eric did his undergraduate and master’s work at the University of Alabama where he received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Communication Studies. Eric is the father of a six year old with Down syndrome, Isabella, and is especially interested not only in recruiting families for research but also in serving as a resource.
Emily Mace is from Spanish Fort, Alabama and is currently a junior at the University of Alabama. She is a New College major with a depth study focusing on psychology and civic engagement. Her research interests are in cogntive and auditory processing in children with intellectual disability. In her spare time, she enjoys going home to the beach, spending time with her friends and family, and attending Alabama football games.
Alida Babcock is a freshman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is majoring in Neurolinguistics and minoring in Spanish, and is also a member of the University Fellows Experience. She enjoys reading, running, and research!