Presenter: Jamie Edgin, Ph.D
Dr. Jamie Edgin is a tenured Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Cognition and Neural Systems Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Her research centers on understanding the neurological basis for sleep, memory, and language impairment in developmental disorders, particularly Down syndrome (DS) and autism. She has received several awards for her work in intellectual and developmental disabilities, including the 2018 University of Arizona Koffler Prize, the Charles Epstein award from the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Inaugural David Cox “Rising Star” award from the LuMind IDSC Foundation. She is an expert in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, with several published works on sleep, memory, and neuroimaging in typical children, DS, and other at-risk groups. She has >40 published papers employing sleep and neurocognitive assessment, EEG/ERP, fMRI, and eyetracking methodologies in these populations. She serves on several editorial boards for leading national and international journals focused on developmental disability and regularly participates in grant review for various granting agencies. Dr. Edgin’s team has just finished data collection on the first longitudinal study to examine sleep disturbance and development in infants and toddlers with DS from 6-24 months of age. Further, she currently leads a NIH-funded multisite study to design and validate a new neuropsychological assessment tool for use in intellectual disabilities, the “Arizona Memory Assessment for Preschoolers and Special Populations.” She was instrumental in the design and validation of one important battery of cognitive tests validated specifically for use in DS: The Arizona Cognitive Test Battery.