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Brigette Oliver Ryalls

Chairperson, Department of Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology

Brigette Ryalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

347 Arts and Sciences Hall

(402) 554-2331

Email: bryalls@unomaha.edu

 

Educational Background

Murray State University, 1988, B.S.

Indiana University, 1994, Ph.D. (Advisor: Linda B. Smith)

 

Professional Experience

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Assistant Professor, 1994-2000

Member, Graduate Faculty College, University  of Nebraska, 1998-present

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Associate Professor, 2000-present

Director of Developmental Psychology, 2000-2009

Chairperson, Department of Psychology, 2009-present

 

Teaching Interests

Child development, cognitive development, language development, cognitive psychology, the psychology of language.

 

Teaching Experience

I have been the instructor of record for the following courses:

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

  • Methods of Experimental Psychology
  • Research Methods in Developmental Psych.
  • Child Development
  • Proseminar in Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics (cross-listed)
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Seminar: Memory & Mechanisms of Dev.
  • Psycholinguistics (cross-listed)
  • Seminar: Language Acquisition
  • Laboratory in Sensation & Perception
  • Seminar: Cognitive Development
  • Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
  • Seminar: Human Development and Culture
  • Special Topic: Infant Development
  • Professions of Psychology

 

Research Interests

Very broadly, I am interested in the development of cognition and language. More specifically, I am interested in the the acquisition of dimensional adjectives and other relational words in both natural and laboratory contexts. I also collaborate with Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance on research examining the development of play and the use of play as a ccontext for assessment and intervention with young children.

 

 

Publications

Kelly-Vance, L., Nero, C., Casas, J. F., Ryan, C. S., Ryalls, B. O., Kurien, S. A., & Ferguson, A. (in press). Parental involvement in education: A comparison of English and Spanish speaking parents. The New Mexico Review.

Casas, J. F., Ryan, C. S., Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B. O., Ferguson, A., & Nero, C. (2005). Examining the impact of parental involvement in a dual language program: Implications for children and schools. OLLAS Special Report No. 2. Omaha, NE: Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kelly-Vance, L., & Ryalls, B. O. (2005). A Systematic, Reliable Approach to Play Assessment in Preschoolers.  School Psychology International, 26, 398-412.

Cherney, I. C., Kelly-Vance, L., Gill, K., Ruane, A., & Ryalls, B. O. (2003). The effects of stereotyped toys and gender on play-based assessment in children aged 18-47 months. Educational Psychology, 22(5), 95-106.

Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B. O., & Glover, K. (2002). The use of play assessment to evaluate the cognitive skills of two- and three-year-old children.  School Psychology International, 23(2), 169-185.

Ryalls, B. O. (2000). Dimensional adjectives: Factors affecting the ability to compare objects using real and novel words. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 76, pp. 26-49.

Ryalls, B. O., & Smith, L. B. (2000). Adults’ acquisition of novel dimension words: Creating a semantic congruity effect. Journal of General Psychology, 127, pp. 279-326.

Ryalls, B. O., Gul, R. E., & Ryalls, K. R. (2000). Infant imitation of peer and adult models: Evidence for a peer model advantage. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 46, 188-202.

Kelly-Vance, L., Needelman, H., Troia, K., & Ryalls, B. O. (1999). Early  childhood assessment: A comparison of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and play-based assessment in two-year-old at-risk children. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 27, 1-15.

Cherney, I. D., & Ryalls, B. O. (1999). Gender-linked differences in the incidental memory of children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 72, 305-328.

Ryalls, B. O., Winslow, E., & Smith, L. B. (1998). A semantic congruity effect in children’s acquisition of high and low. Journal of Memory and Language, 39, 543-556.

Ryalls, B. O., & Pisoni, D.B. (1997). The developmental course of talker normalization in pre-school children. Developmental Psychology, 33, 441-452.

 

Recent Conference Presentations

Ryalls, B. O., Nero, C., & Ferguson, A. (2006). Parents’ Reasons For and Against Enrolling Children in Dual Language Education. Presentation to be presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Meeting, Pheonix, AZ.

Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B. O.(2006). Presentation to be presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Meeting, Pheonix, AZ.

Ryalls, B. O., Kucera, M., Esquivel, S., Johannesen, S., & Evans, D. (2005). Maternal Usage of Big and Little in Spontaneous Conversation: Implications for the Acquisition of Dimensional Adjectives. Poster to be presented at the 2005 SRCD Biennnial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Casas, J., Ryalls, B. O., Ryan, C.S., Kelly-Vance, L., & Nero, C.L. (2005). Parental Involvement, Perceptions of Success, and Acculturation In Dual Language Programs. Poster to be presented at the 2005 SRCD Biennnial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Kelly-Vance, L.,  Nero, C. Wells, J., Kurien, S., Ryan, C., Ryalls, B.O., & Casas, J. (2005). Parental involvement and perceptions of success in dual-language programs. Poster to be presented at the Annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

Nero, C., Kelly-Vance, L., Kurien, S., Wells, J., Ryan, C., Casas, J., & Ryalls, B.O. (2005). Context-based collaborative research: Linking university and practitioner resources to provide better outcomes for children. Paper to be presented at the Annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

Cherney, I.  D.,  & Ryalls, B. O. (2001). Gender-linked differences in the development of incidental and intentional memory for static and dynamic stimuli. Poster presented at the second meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Virginia Beach ,  VA.

Gill-Glover, K. G., McCaslin, L., Kelly-Vance, L., & Ryalls, B. O. (2001). A comparison of play based assessment and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-Second Edition with Spanish and English speaking children. Poster presented  at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists

Ryalls, B. O., Gill, K., Ruane, A., Cherney, I., Schoneboom, N., Cunningham, J., & Ryan, C. (2000). Conducting valid and reliable play-based assessments. Poster presented  at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Kelly-Vance, L., Gill, K., Schoneboom, N., Cherney, I., Ryan, C., Cunningham, J., & Ryalls, B. O. (2000). Coding play-based assessment: Issues, challenges, and recommendations. Poster presented  at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.