Kimberly Cuevas

Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., 2009, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick
Webpages: KidCapLab C.A.P. Lab Facebook Page
Research Interests: Development of basic and higher-order cognitive processes: learning, memory, executive functions
Developmental cognitive/social neuroscience: EEG, ECG, Neural mirroring systems
Latent learning: imitation, sensory preconditioning
Research Synopsis: Dr. Cuevas examines the development of basic and higher order cognitive skills from infancy through childhood with a focus on how brain maturation and underlying brain-behavior associations contribute to early cognitive processes.
Courses: Undergraduate:
PSYC 2400 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2500 Learning
PSYC 2501 Cognition

PSYC 5450 Infancy & Early Experience
Students in Research: Undergraduate: CAPLab – Student Info
Graduate: CAPLab Graduate Student Info
Recent publications: Cuevas, K., & Rajan, V. (in press). Early memory development. In M. Harris & G. Westermann (Eds.), Cognition. Vol. 3 of The encyclopedia of child and adolescent development, 10 vols. (S. Hupp & J. Jewell Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell.


Bryant, L. J., & Cuevas, K. (2019). Effects of active and observational experience on EEG activity during early childhood. Psychophysiology, 56, e13360.


Cuevas, K. & Sheya, A. (2019). Ontogenesis of learning and memory: Biopsychosocial and dynamical systems perspectives. Developmental Psychobiology, 61, 402-415.


Cuevas, K., Rajan, V., & Bryant, L. J. (2018). Emergence of executive function in infancy. In S.A. Wiebe & J. Karbach (Eds.), Executive function: Development across the life span (pp. 11-28). New York: Routledge.

Cuevas, K., Calkins, S. D., & Bell, M. A. (2016). To Stroop or not to Stroop: Sex-related differences in brain-behavior associations during early childhood. Psychophysiology, 53, 30-40.

Cuevas, K., Learmonth, A. E., & Rovee-Collier, C. (2016). A dissociation between recognition and reactivation: The renewal effect at 3 months of age. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 159-175.

See also CAPLab Publications

Representative Publications: Cuevas, K., Rajan, V., Morasch, K. C., & Bell, M. A. (2015). Episodic memory and future thinking during early childhood: Linking the past and future. Developmental Psychobiology, 57, 552-565.

Cuevas, K., & Bell, M. A. (2014). Infant attention and early childhood executive function. Child Development, 85, 397-404.

Cuevas, K., Cannon, E. N., Yoo, K., & Fox, N. A. (2014). The infant EEG mu rhythm: Methodological considerations and best practices. Developmental Review, 34, 26-43.

Cuevas, K., Deater-Deckard, K., Kim-Spoon, J., Watson, A. J., Morasch, K. C., & Bell, M. A. (2014). Whats mom got to do with it? Contributions of maternal executive function and caregiving to the development of executive function across early childhood. Developmental Science, 17, 224-238. ***2015 APA Division 7 Early Career Outstanding Paper Award***

Rovee-Collier, C., & Cuevas, K. (2009). Multiple memory systems are unnecessary to account for infant memory development: An ecological model. Developmental Psychology, 45, 160-174.

Cuevas, K., Rovee-Collier, C., & Learmonth, A. E. (2006). Infants form associations between memory representations of stimuli that are absent. Psychological Science, 17, 543-549.
Research Funding: 5/2018-2/2020 Research Excellence Program, University of Connecticut, A Longitudinal Analysis of the Neural Basis of Social Information Processing during Infancy and Early Childhood, PI


4/2015-3/2018 NIH/NICHD-R03HD081333 EEG Mu Rhythm Analysis of Infant Social Information Processing, PI

5/2014-4/2017 NIH/NIDCD-R15DC013864  Neurobiological Signatures of Perception and Imitation of AV Speech in Children with ASD, Co-investigator (PI: Julia Irwin, Southern Connecticut State University)

Awards: 2015     Early Career Outstanding Paper Award American Psychological Association (APA), Division 7

2015     Kucharski Young Investigator Award International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP)

2005    Sandra G. Weiner Developmental Psychobiology Student Investigator Award, ISDP

2002    Frederick B. Rowe Undergraduate Paper Award,Virginia Psychological Association

2002    National Psi Chi Undergraduate Allyn & Bacon Research Award, First Place
Professional Activities: Editorial

2017-2020 Developmental Psychobiology (Associate Editor)

2014-present British Journal of Developmental Psychology (Editorial Advisory Board)

2016-2017 Developmental Psychology (Consulting Editor)

2014-2016 British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Guest co-Editor, Special Issue on Development of Action Mirroring

2011-2013 Infancy (Editorial Board)

Grant Reviewing

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2016 Cognition & Perception Study Section
2015 Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section (Early Career Reviewer)
External Reviewer
2016-2017 National Science Foundation (NSF), Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS)
2015 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom (BBSRC)
2014-2015 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Professional Societies

Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)

2018-2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Developmental Psychology-Chair

2014-2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Developmental Psychology-Member

International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP)
2013-2017 Secretary-elect/Secretary

International Congress/Society on Infant Studies (ICIS)

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Community Service:
  • 2015-2017 Waterbury School Readiness Council, Appointed by the Mayors Office
  • 2014-2017 Waterbury Bridge to Success: Early Care & Education Workgroup, Member


Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationWTBY 338