I am a member of the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay. I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Maryland, where I was a research assistant in the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab and the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab. After my undergraduate studies, I worked as a full-time research assistant at the Center for the Study of Learning, a neuroimaging lab at Georgetown University that uses structural and functional MRI to study children and adults with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. For my graduate studies, I'm interested in exploring the neural correlates of social cognition in typical development, as well as in those with autism and social anxiety. 

Areas of Interest

  • social cognition, development, autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, social interaction


  • BA
    Psychology (Philosophy minor)


  • fMRI
Diana Alkire
diana [at] terpmail.umd.edu