Meet the Lab

Dr. Kimberly Cuevas

Dr. Cuevas


Dr. Cuevas received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2009 and then completed postdoctoral work in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Virginia Tech.  She joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor of psychology in 2012 where she is the Director of the C.A.P. Lab.  Dr. Cuevas's research examines the development of basic and higher-order cognitive processes as well as corresponding brain-behavior associations.  She enjoys spending time with her infant daughter and seeing "development in action"!

Lauren Bryant, M.S.


Graduate Student


Lauren is a fifth-year graduate student at University of Connecticut, pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology.  She completed her double major in Psychology and Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University in 2013, and received her Master's of Science in Psychology at UConn in 2016. As a graduate research assistant, she is involved in many aspects of the C.A.P. Lab, such as data collection and coding.  Her doctoral dissertation will focus on executive functions and associated brain activity during early childhood.

Yayla Lopez, B.A.

Yayla Lopez

Research Assistant


Yayla graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a B.A. in psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Social Work program at UConn.  Yayla assists with participant recruitment, data collection, video coding, and organizational aspects of the lab. She received two awards for her research in the C.A.P. Lab: Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant and the Office of Undergraduate Research Grant.

Dilsara Liyanage

Dilsara Liyanage

Undergraduate Student


Dilsara is a senior at the University of Connecticut.  She is majoring in Psychological Sciences and plans to attend graduate school after getting her Bachelor's degree. Dil joined the C.A.P. Lab during summer 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant.  During Spring 2017, she was awarded the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Award to support her  undergraduate research project "Mu rhythm patterns in early childhood."

Sadie Moncayo

Sadie Moncayo

Undergraduate Student


Sadie is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She joined the lab in May 2017 and is majoring in Allied Health Sciences and minoring in Psychological Sciences. Several of her responsibilities include data coding and participant recruitment. In the Fall 2018, Sadie will attend graduate school to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy with a specialization in early intervention.

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