John Colombo, Ph.D.
I received my PhD in Psychology (1981) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After one year at Youngstown State University (1981-1982), and six years (1982-1988) as a research associate with the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas, I joined the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas in 1988, and have been a member of the Department of Psychology since January of 2002.
My research interests are in the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and learning, with a special focus on early individual differences in these areas and how they relate to the typical and atypical development of cognitive and intellectual function. I conduct research in laboratories at the KU Edwards Campus and the KU Medical Center, as well as at the Wakarusa Research Facility in Lawrence
Students and Postdocs
I generally admit students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in my laboratory through the Developmental or Cognitive doctoral programs in the Department of Psychology. However, I also advise students in the Child Language Doctoral Program and in Clinical Child Psychology. Occasionally, postdoctoral positions are available through federal research or training grants, or through fellowships funded through the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (F32 mechanism) at NIH.
I collaborate with a number of faculty members at the University of Kansas and elsewhere. Currently, my collaborations include ongoing research and writing projects with the following scientists at other institutions:
Dr. Susan E. Carlson, A.J. Rice Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
Dr. Laura Caulfield, Human Nutrition, The Johns Hopkins State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Nelly Zavaleta, MD, Instituto de Investigaciones Nutricional, Lima (Molina), Peru
Dr. John Richards, Carolina Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Dr. Derek Houston, University of Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Secretary of the International Society for Infant Studies (ISIS)
Charter Member and Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
Member, Psychonomic Society
Editorial Board member for the following journals
- Infant Behavior and Development
- Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
- Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
A list of my publications (with some links to .pdf copies) can be obtained by clicking here.
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas
Co-Director and Principal Investigator, University of Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC)
Faculty Chair, Human Subjects Committee on the Lawrence Campus (HSCL). HSCL is the campus-wide institutional review board for research conducted with human subjects. The committee is administered by the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
426 Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Wakarusa Research Laboratory
Edwards Campus Laboratory
Carlson / Colombo Laboratory, Smith Center, KU Med Center