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Dr. Sammy Perone


Dr. Perone completed his Ph.D. in Developmental Science at the University of Iowa under the mentorship of Lisa Oakes, John Spencer, and Larissa Samuelson and was a member of the Delta Center. His research focused on computational implementations of dynamic systems theory called dynamic neural fields to study infant cognition, word learning, and executive function development. He was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, where he was mentored in use of electroencephalography (EEG) to study brain development as it relates to executive function with Phillip Zelazo and Stephanie Carlson. He joined the faculty within the Department of Human Development at Washington State University in 2016. His current research focuses on the brain and behavioral basis of self-regulatory processes and experiential influences on them in children, adolescents, and emerging adults. The  eventual goal of his research and commitment to civic science is to promote health and well-being. He serves as the Director of the Prevention Science Graduate Program, teaches courses related to child development, is a Center for Civic Engagement faculty fellow, and a Learn Inspire Foster Transform (LIFT) fellow.