Jamie Edgin is a Developmental Psychologist specializing in the area of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Her area of expertise is memory development and sleep in typical and atypical development. Dr. Edgin is an Assistant Professor in the Cognition and Neural Systems Program in the Department of Psychology, with departmental and GIDP affiliations in Family Studies and Human Development, the Frances McClelland Institute, the School of Education, the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability, and the Cognitive Science Graduate and Interdisciplinary Program.
Dr. Edgin serves on a number of national, state and local community boards to support individuals with developmental disabilities (visit our community outreach link). For her work in the community she was nominated for the Dianne Lynn Anderson Memorial Award for Community Service in 2014. In 2015, she will visit parent advocacy groups across the globe, delivering talks in Canada and Mexico.
Dr. Edgin's work in the early 2000s was instrumental in characterizing the specific learning/memory profiles (i.e., the individual strengths and weaknesses) of individuals with Down syndrome and autism. For these efforts, she received the 2008/2009 Charles Epstein award from the National Down Syndrome Society and the 2015 David Cox “Rising Star” Award from the LuMind Foundation. Dr. Edgin's most recent work has shown links between sleep problems and cognition in Down syndrome and is the first empirical evidence to suggest that poor sleep may limit how well these individuals can learn to communicate. Dr. Edgin has numerous national and international collaborations, including collaborations with UNAM/Mexico City and leadership in largest established consortium study on Down syndrome to date (the LuMind Foundation funded “Down syndrome Phenotype Project”). In 2014 she was awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to study sleep disturbance in at-risk infants.
Research in the MDD lab is made possible by the generous support of the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Thrasher Fund, the Lejeune Foundation, and the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium.