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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, Director

Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D.


Trained as a Clinical Neuroscientist, Dr. Espy is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on identifying the antecedents of learning, attention, and behavioral disorders in medically at-risk populations, including those born prematurely, those exposed to substances of abuse during pregnancy, and those exposed to toxicants in their environment. Another central focus is the normative development of emergent cognitive skills in young children and infants, particularly executive control and other regulatory abilities. Dr. Espy is a licensed psychologist.

In collaboration with colleagues at other universities (including Northwestern University, Case Western, University of Aberdeen, and Georgia State University), Dr. Espy is exploring the comparative parallels in executive control in young children and primates, and the relation of executive control to everyday behavior and to academic outcomes, such as mathematics. In her work, she utilizes developmental cognitive neuroscience paradigms to investigate cognitive development, and its perturbations, in young children, infants, and neonates. Finally, Dr. Espy has an overarching interest in advanced multivariate statistics in general, and growth modeling in particular.

Contact Information:
Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy (402) 472-7935 or or