Jennifer Wagner, Ph.D.
Lab Director

Dr. Wagner joined the Psychology Department at CUNY College of Staten Island (CSI) in January 2013 and also has an appointment in the Psychology Department at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Human Development training area. Before that, she received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University and then completed a postdoc at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Wagner has been using advanced tools (eye-tracking, optical imaging, EEG) to study early social and cognitive development in typically-developing infants as well as infants at risk for developmental difficulties, such as autism spectrum disorder. Her research examines how infant behavior and brain responses might relate to later development, and she is excited to continue this work at CSI.

Office: 4S-209; Phone: (718) 982-4092
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Eve Tam
Lab Manager

Eve graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology. After years in the workforce, Eve began taking prerequisite courses at CSI in anticipation of applying to a Master's program in Occupational Therapy. Luckily for Eve she took Developmental Psychology with Dr. Wagner and has not only gained knowledge, but also research experience in the field of infant cognitive development. Eve sees her time working in the lab as a great asset for a career in occupational therapy, especially in treating young children with developmental disabilities. Eve hopes to start in a Master's program for Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2014.

Roseline (Rossy) Nkama
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rossy is a junior at CSI majoring in Psychology. Rossy and her family are originally from Nigeria and moved to the US in 2007. She is excited to be part of the Cognitive Development Lab at CSI and hopes her time at the lab will provide invaluable research experience. Rossy is especially looking forward to using eye-tracking to better understand early development. Rossy plans to pursue a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Her ultimate career goal is to open a mental health clinic specializing in marriage/couples therapy.

Alima Toure
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alima is a second year student at CSI majoring in Accounting at the School of Business at CSI. Alima and her husband came to the United States in 2010 from Burkina Faso. She hopes to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant upon graduation. Although her academic interests are outside the field of psychology, Alima hopes her time at the Cognitive Development Lab will help her to understand the workings of her adorable two year old daughter's mind and especially her great love for Dora the Explorer.

Sabrina Bragerton-Nasert
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sabrina is a sophomore in the Verrazano Honors School at CSI. She is majoring in Psychology and plans to get her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Currently she is on the CSI women's tennis team (recent conference champions!), the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and is involved in the community. She looks forward to working in the lab and gaining experience and knowledge as well as getting to know the participants. Her long-term goal is to become a successful occupational therapist; rehabilitating children and volunteering her time in the community.