Kimberly Cuevas

Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., 2009, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick
Webpages: CAP Lab Website; Facebook
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 3470 Current Topics in Developmental Psychology (Infancy, Cognitive Development) 

PSYC 5450 Infancy & Early Experience
Students in Research: Undergraduate: Undergrad Student Info
Graduate: Graduate Student Info
Recent publications: Cuevas, K., & Bell, M. A. (in press). EEG frequency development across infancy and childhood. In M. Bernat., P. Gable, & M. Miller (Eds.), Oxford handbook of human EEG frequency analysis. Oxford.


Cuevas, K., & Davinson, K. (in press). Infant memory. In M. Courage & N. Cowan (Eds.), The development of memory in infancy and childhood. Routledge.


Bryant, L. J., & Cuevas, K. (2022). The effects of reward on children’s Stroop performance: Interactions with temperament. Child Development, 93, e17-e31.

Rajan, V., Cuevas, K., & Bell, M. A. (2021). Memory binding and theta EEG during middle childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 63, e22124.

Cuevas, K., & Rajan, V. (2020). 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.

See also CAP Lab Publications

Representative Publications: 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., 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.
Research Funding: 5/2018-6/2022 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: 2020 Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association (elected)

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

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

2020-present Developmental Psychobiology (Editorial Board)

2017-2020 Developmental Psychobiology (Associate Editor)

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)

2021 Human Complex Mental Function (HCMF) Study Section

2016 Cognition & Perception Study Section
2015 Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section (Early Career Reviewer)
External Reviewer
2016-2017, 2019 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)

2021-2024 Board Member

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)

2022 Biennial Meeting Review Panel, Attention, Memory, & Learning—Co-Chair

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 LocationBOUS 137; WTBY 338