Inge-Marie Eigsti

DSC07113-eigsti-squareProfessor, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

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Current (amazing!) students

Anders Hogstrom, Karla Rivera-Figueroa, Mackenzie Stabile, Elise Taverna, Jason Crutcher


Professional Experience

  • 2019, Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • 2017-2018, Director, UConn Brain Imaging Research Center
  • 2011-2012, Fulbright Research Scholar, Institut de neuroscience de la timone, Marseille, France
  • 2011, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • 2004, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • 2001 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sackler Institutes for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University/Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • 1993 – 1995 Intern, Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR), 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

Current Grants

  • NIMH R01MH112687-01A1, 2018-2022, Optimal Outcomes in ASD: Adult Functioning, Predictors, and Mechanisms. MPI (with Deb Fein)
  • NIDCD T32, 7/1/2019-6/30/2024, Training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication.  MPI (with Emily B. Myers)
  • UConn Tier 1 Research Award, 2016-2019, TSC2 Variant without Clinical Findings of Tuberous Sclerosis: Risk for Idiopathic ASD. PI
  • NSF 1735225, 8/17 –7/22, The science of learning, from neurobiology to real-world application: a problem-based approach (J. Magnuson, PI). Role: Core Participant


Undergraduate courses:

1. Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2300; Fall)

2. Autism and Developmental Disorders (PSYC 3202W; Spring, alternate years)

Graduate courses:

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

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

In addition, we mentor undergraduate students in research, via PSYC 3889/4197W. For more info, visit the “Joining the lab” page.

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • 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