Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Dima Amso

Associate Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Dr. Dima Amso has a BS in Psychology from Tufts University, was trained at Cornell University, and received a PhD in Psychology from New York University in 2005. She then joined the faculty in the department of Psychiatry at the Weil Medical College of Cornell University, specifically in the prestigious Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. Since 2010, Dr. Amso has been a member of the faculty of the department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. Her research examines brain and cognitive development in typical and atypically developing populations, with a special emphasis on how environmental variables shape these trajectories. She has authored over 50 scientific publications on the topic and is on the editorial board of three international journals. Dr. Amso works with multiple international agencies to support the development of evidence-based programming for best psychosocial and mental health outcomes for children facing extreme adversity. Dr. Amso holds multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and is a recipient of the James S. McDonnell Scholar Award.


Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences 1690, Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

Conceptual and methodological foundations of research design and analysis in developmental psychology, with particular reference to techniques commonly used in studying cognitive development. We will cover general principles of experimental design, measurement and assessment, and strategies of data analysis. Practical and ethical issues involved in conceiving, designing, executing, interpreting, and presenting research will be considered.