Dr. Jana Iverson
Dr. Iverson received her Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Chicago in 1996 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University. Since 1991, she has been an international investigator at the Italian National Research Council in Rome, Italy. She is the co-editor of a book and author of more than twenty articles on the relationship between gesture and language in children’s communication. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and Autism Speaks, focuses on early vocal and motor development and the transition to gesture and language in infants and toddlers. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the National institutes of Health that is studying the development of motor, communicative, and social abilities in infants who are at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2007, Dr. Iverson received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, the University’s highest honor for research.
Dr. Mark Strauss
Dr. Strauss received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He served three years as a Lieutenant in the Navy’s Medical Service Corp during the Vietnam era and has been a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh since 1978. While at Pitt, he has been both the Department’s Chairperson and head of its Developmental Psychology Program. In 1986 he co-founded the University's Office of Child Development, a center concerned with policy, intervention, and evaluation issues related to programs that serve children, youth and families. His research focuses on the early development of perceptual and cognitive abilities in infants and children. Specifically, he has been conducting studies on how children learn basic information about categories and faces during their infancy and preschool years. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of a research grant from the National Institutes of Health that is studying differences in the cognitive abilities of individuals with autism. This research studies both infants at risk for autism as well as older children and adults who have been diagnosed with the disorder. As a teaching faculty member, in 2005 Dr. Strauss received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the University’s highest honor for teaching, and in 2007 he was elected by students as an Honorary Faculty Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Dr. Susan Campbell
Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 1976 and has served as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program and as Chair of the Developmental Psychology Program. Dr. Campbell studies early social and family development in typically developing children and in children at risk for behavioral and developmental problems. From 1990-2009 she was an investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a national study of children's development from birth until age 15 focused on child care and family influences on positive adjustment and emerging problem behaviors. She was also the editor of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology from 1997-2005. Dr. Campbell's current work focuses on early social-emotional development in infants and toddlers at high genetic risk to develop an autism spectrum disorder because they have an older sibling with autism. This work is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.