The WordPlay lab personnel consists of Dr. Behrend, his graduate students Maddie Myers-Burg and Christina Barnes, and undergraduate research assistants.
Douglas Behrend, Ph.D.
Doug Behrend received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. He has been with the University of Arkansas since 1989 and is currently celebrating his 30th year in the department. He is head of the WordPlay lab and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology and related issues. Dr. Behrend has been conducting research in child development for over 20 years. His research interests have long included children’s word learning, and more recently children’s selective trust in speakers, children’s learning and sharing of privileged information, and children’s accent preferences.
Madison Myers-Burg, M.A.
I am a graduate research assistant and the lab coordinator for the WordPlay Lab at the U of A. I received my BA from Ouachita Baptist and am working toward obtaining my PhD from the University of Arkansas. I am interested in the cognitive development of children, more specifically, how children learn and use language to navigate the world. Without support from Fayetteville schools and the community, our research would not be possible. Thank you!
Christina Barnes, B.S.
I’m Christina Barnes and I’m a graduate research assistant for the WordPlay Lab. I received my B.S in Psychology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA in May of 2019 and decided I wanted to pursue research here at the University of Arkansas. I’m interested in cognitive development in children because I’ve seen firsthand how important formative years can be and I want to know more. I’m excited to be a part of the WordPlay team and I look forward to discovering new information as I continue my education here!
Undergraduate Student Assistants
Hello! My name is Jose Gonzalez and I’m a sophomore majoring in Psychology at the University of Arkansas. This is my first semester as a research assistant in Dr. Behrend’s lab. This research is very interesting to me because language development is an intriguing topic to me, and even more so when it comes to children’s language development. I hope to further my knowledge in this lab and better my understanding on developmental psychology.
Hi, my name is Emma Cheaney. I’m a honors sophomore student majoring in psychology with a human development minor. I have a pre-occupational therapy focus, and I hope to work with children in my future career. I am interested in a range of topics within the field of psychology, but I am particularly interested in mental health and how child cognition can effect physical development.
Hi! My name is Reba Pascual and I am a junior Psychology major at the University of Arkansas. I hope to continue my education into graduate school and pursue a Clinical Psychology degree and want to work with children who have undergone trauma and help with their behaviors that arise from those situations. This is my first semester in Dr. Behrend’ s lab and I am really excited to learn more about how children’s minds work!
My name is Cynthia Cochran. I’m a senior Biology and Psychology double major. I want to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics. I love working and interacting with children.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns!
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main office phone: 479-575-4256
Graduate offices phone: 479-575-5819
Dr. Douglas Behrend
Department of Psychology
216 Memorial Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701