Our Research Team


Laboratory Staff:


Melissa Yako

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Lab Manager

Years with ICL: 11

Undergraduate University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Raised in the Chicago suburbs, I decided to remain in Urbana after graduating with my Master’s in Social Work at the U of I. My background in psychology, my time working in community engagement as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, and my love of working with children has really made the Infant Cognition Lab a fun and interesting place for me to work. When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my children, and our family and friends.


Danielle Parrish

Lead Scheduler

Years with ICL: 14

Undergraduate University:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

One of my favorite things to do is travel and explore new places.  My parents are from Europe, so I’ve gotten to travel overseas a few times which has sparked my love for traveling and adventure.  Around Champaign-Urbana, I like to take advantage of events that can easily be found on a college campus, like A Cappella concerts, various sporting events, or shows at Assembly Hall. But of course, my favorite thing to do is take my daughters to Curtis Apple Orchard.





Melody Buyukozer Dawkins

Researcher at Slover Linett Audience Research

Undergraduate University: Bilkent University


Fransisca Ting


Undergraduate University: Biola University


Maayan Stavans

Maayan Stavans

Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Central European University, Budapest

Undergraduate University: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Zijing He

Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University

Undergraduate University: Beijing University


Rose Scott

Associate Professor at UC Merced

Undergraduate University: Boston University


Pei Pei Setoh

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Undergraduate University: National University of Singapore


Stephanie Sloane


Undergraduate University: Michigan State University


Sylvia Yuan

Postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley

Undergraduate University: Brown University