Investigators

Laura HahnLaura J. Hahn, PhD
Principal Investigator of the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders Lab – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Laura Hahn joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. Dr. Hahn received her Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Colorado State University in 2012, where she served as project and lab coordinator for the CSU Developmental Disabilities Research Lab. Following her PhD, she spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas funded under an NRSA Postdoctoral Training grant from the NIH (T32, NICHD) in Translational Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, where she worked on the Family Adaptation to Fragile X project. She also completed a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Project at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Hahn’s research focuses on the emergence of early social, cognitive, and communicative abilities, including characterizing syndrome-specific patterns of early development, as well as, describing the trajectories and cascading effects of early developmental strengths and weakness on later outcomes, in infants and young children with neurogenetic disorders (i.e., fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome). The ultimate goal of her research is to translate findings to support the development of early interventions aimed at promoting well-being and positive development.