|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 senior 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 cognitive 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.|
|Rachel Lawrence is from Peachtree City, Georgia and is currently a junior at the University of Alabama. She is a Biology and Psychology double major on the Pre-Physical Therapy track. In her spare time, she crochets and makes blankets for Project Linus, which is an organization that makes blankets for children that experience trauma. She also enjoys playing board games and card games with her friends, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her pets when she goes back home.|
|Hayleigh Flores is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently a sophomore double-majoring in Biology and Psychology on the Pre-Medical tract. She spends time volunteering as a mentor to 2nd graders at a local elementary school, and she is also the assistant to the chapter president of her sorority. She enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family.|
|Mary Beverly Finkbohner is from Mobile, Alabama. She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Physical Therapy tract. She spends most mornings volunteering her time at Professional Therapy where she is able to help aid and observe patients in rehab. She enjoys going on runs or walks with friends and spending time with her family when she is back home. She participates in philanthropic events through her sorority such as Girl Scouts and Crossing Points Organization.|