Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

Child Development Lab


Lab Director

Dr. Yoojin Chae, ph.d.Yoojin Chae, Ph.D.

Dr. Yoojin Chae is Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Chae earned her Ph.D. in Human Development at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on children's memory and abilities as witnesses. She has been devoted to a wide range of research on children's eyewitness memory and suggestibility, trauma and memory, attachment and memory, developmental psychopathology, and forensic interview techniques. She won the 2016 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Chae's Faculty Page

Graduate Students:

Ivette Noriega TTUIvette Noriega

Ivette Noriega is a doctoral candidate interested in the brain development and cognitive functioning of children exposed to trauma and stressful events. She recently completed a US Student Fulbright exchange program in Medellin, Colombia, where she studied the neurocognitive effects of PTSD in children exposed to violence. Ivette is interested in the application of technology in this research area, particularly in the use of eye tracking devices and fMRI.

Toanyu Li TTUTianyu Li

Tianyu Li a Ph.D. student. He received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Statistics at the University of California, Irvine. After then, he went to California State University, Northridge, and earned his MA in General Experimental Psychology. His research interests focus on the effects of biological functioning and emotional development on children's autobiographical memory.

Child Development Lab