To contact the Cognitive Development Lab, please email me (Dr. Vanessa Rainey) directly at or call me at (850) 474-2359. 

There is no commitment to be in a study. 

We would love to give you a tour of our STEM-based lab or just chat about what we are up to! 

The Cognitive Development Lab is located in the Psychology building on UWF's campus (Building 41) in Rooms 105 and 127If you are coming to the lab to participate in a study, please check in at Room 108. This is a private waiting area for parents that can accommodate younger children. We have toys to keep the younger ones occupied and this may be used as a private nursing room. A stroller ramp is located on the right side of the building, toward the back.

Click here for a campus map and directions to the Psychology building. We apologize for the current construction around the parking lot! 


If you are interested in being a research assistant in the Cognitive Development Lab, please fill out this research assistant application.

If accepted into the lab, you may volunteer or sign up for a Directed Study or series of Directed Studies to obtain college credits. Research assistants will engage in a wide variety of lab activities, including literature reviews, testing of participants, and analyzing data. Those signing up for a Directed Study will earn 3 credit hours per semester, requiring 6 hours per week in the lab. Students are encouraged to present findings at the UWF student symposium and at research conferences.