Elizabeth Redcay received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego in 2008 and completed her postdoctoral work in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2011 she joined the faculty at UMD as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and member of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program. Her research examines the development and neural correlates of social interaction and social cognition in both typical and atypical development, specifically individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Redcay's research has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Defense, the NSF ADVANCE program, and the Autism Science Foundation.

Areas of Interest

  • development
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • social cognition/communication
  • autism

Doctoral Programs

  • Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)
  • Developmental


  • BS
    Psychology with neurosciences concentration, Duke University, 2001
  • MA
    Psychology, University of California San Diego, 2003
  • PhD
    Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, 2008

The overarching goal of my research is to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that allow us to flexibly navigate and learn from social interactions and to understand why individuals with autism find this feat challenging. I take a developmental approach to these questions and examine what brain systems underlie typical and atypical social development. For more information on my lab and our research please see my lab website (www.dscn.umd.edu)

Current Students

Former Students

  • Student Name
    Katherine Rice Warnell
    Current Position
    Assistant Professor at Texas State University

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Erin Reckner
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Department of Psychology
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