Joanne A. Deocampo, PhD
Dr. Deocampo is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University and Director of the NeuroLearn Lab. She earned her B.A. in biology and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental and cognitive psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She also obtained an Interdisciplinary Infant Specialist Certificate from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers. Before joining the NeuroLearn Lab, Joanne held several positions, including as a hospital developmentalist testing infants and toddlers for developmental delays; as Director of Research, Outreach, and Children’s programs at the Center for Child and Family Studies, U.C. Davis; as a research associate on the NIH Toolbox Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function at Emory University; as an instructor of Baby Signs®; and as the Learning Coordinator for a combined adult coworking and early childhood education program. Her previous research has included event memory in toddlers and preschoolers, understanding of representational media such as photo and video in toddlers, parent education programs to prevent childhood obesity, and development and testing of the NIH Toolbox cognitive battery across the lifespan. Current research in the NeuroLearn Lab includes using neuropsychological (electroencephalograph/EEG) and behavioral methods to examine language acquisition, musical improvisation, and sequential learning development and their relationship in typically developing children as well as in children who are deaf and either use sign language or cochlear implants. She expects to continue this research and flesh out a lifespan developmental trajectory for sequential learning and its relationship to language as well as to develop language interventions based on this relationship.