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  • Cassondra Eng

    Cassondra Eng

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioDr. Eng is a NIH funded T32 Sports Neuroscience Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research. She investigates optimizing immersive interventions that promote neurological, cognitive, and physical health outcomes from a multimethodological approach. Dr. Eng's research program focuses on attentional processes in varying technologically-enhanced contexts, with a focus on the neurophysiological mechanisms that produce differential outcomes using portable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), a modern neuroimaging technique ideal for children and neurodiverse populations because it is noninvasive and permits mobility in naturalistic settings. She specializes in utilizing behavioral, neurophysiological, and statistical methods across development: standard task-based and clinical norm-referenced assessments of attention, quantitative and qualitative assessments of children’s behavior and learning in ecological contexts; eye tracking, fNIRS, EEG, cardiovascular changes related to performance and stress; mixed effects modeling, multivariate analysis, educational data mining, and modern longitudinal data analysis.

    Dr. Eng earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research Certification through an Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Fellowship after completing an NIH funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program at Virginia Tech. She advocates for educational neuroscience: the field bridging cognitive science, psychology, educational technology, human-computer interaction, computer science and related disciplines to understand the optimal learning contexts that support brain development and cognitive skills crucial for overall wellbeing and success.