Inge-Marie Eigsti

DSC07113-eigsti-squareAssociate Professor

Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut


I am affiliated with the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS), Haskins Labs, and with the UCONN NSF Training Grant (IGERT) on Language Plasticity – more information is available here.

My CV is here:


Current students

Christina Irvine (Graduating May 2016); Brian Castelluccio; Allison Canfield; Joshua Green; Anders Hogstrom; Karla Rivera-Figueroa


Professional Experience

  • 2011-2012 Fulbright Research Scholar, Institut de neuroscience de la timone, Marseille, France
  • 2011 – present Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut (Clinical Division)
  • 2009 – present Research Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
  • 2004 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • 2001 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sackler Institutes for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University and Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • 1993 – 1995 Internship, ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research Lab) in Kyoto, Japan


  • 2001 University of Rochester. Dual Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • 2000 – 2001 Internship in Child and Adolescent Psychology; University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2000 M.A. (Clinical Psychology), University of Rochester
  • 1999 M.A. (Brain and Cognitive Sciences), University of Rochester
  • 1993 A.B cum laude (Linguistics), The University of Chicago


  • UConn Faculty Research Foundation 4619970, H. Fitch (PI), 7/2013-6/2014, Mouse model of intermediate language phenotype in autism. Role: Co-Investigator
  • IGERT Innovation Incentive Award, Eigsti (PI), 5/2015-4/2016. Musical splinter skills and linguistic development in ASD: A dynamical approach (Joshua Green, Student PI; with Ed Large).
  • UCONN Communication Disorders Grant, Eigsti (PI), 7/2014-6/2015, The role of low-level acoustic processing in language acquisition in ASD (A Canfield, Co-I)
  • Suisse National Science Foundation 1144399                                 Delage (PI), 9/2015-8/2018, From language to cognition and vice-versa: Training effects in children with SLI and ASD. Role: Principal International Collaborator
  • Autism Speaks, Bhat (PI),  7/2012-6/2017, Embodied rhythm intervention for children with ASDs.  Role: Consultant
  • National Science Foundation 1144399,                             Magnuson (PI), 5/2012-4/2017. IGERT: Language plasticity Genes, Brain, Cognition and Computation. Role: Faculty Participant
  • NIMH NRSA F32 DC013239-01 , Hall (PI), 9/2013-8/2016, Executive Function and Implicit Learning in Deaf Children. Role: Secondary Sponsor
  • NIH T32, Magnuson (PI),  7/2016-6/2021, Translational Language Science. Role: Preceptor
  • 2 P01 HD003008-38 NIMH, F. Volkmar (PI),  7/2006-6/2011, Autism and Related Disorders: Development and Outcome. Role: UConn PI (Co-Investigator, Project 3)


Undergraduate courses:

1. Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2300; Fall)

2. Seminar on Autism and Developmental Disorders (PSYC 3370W; Spring)

Graduate courses:

1. Practicum in Cognitive Assessment (PSYC 5301; Fall)

2. IGERT Foundations Course: Language Acquisition in Atypical Populations (Spring, every 2-3 years; co-taught with Letty Naigles)

In addition, undergraduate students participate in research in the lab,  as part of PSYC 3889 /4197W. If you are interested in joining the lab, please see the “Joining the lab” link.

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Fulbright Research Scholar Award, Embodied cognition: Insights from autism
  • 2000 Language Learning Dissertation Award, Word learning and memory functions in young children with autism
  • 1999 Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology Dissertation Award