Dr. Maria Hopkins

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Associate Professor, Psychology

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Contact Information:

Email: mhopkins@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 975 9456
Fax: (205) 975 6110

Education:

M.A., 2006, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Developmental Psychology
Ph.D., 2007, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Developmental Psychology

Research Program:

Dr. Hopkins is a developmental psychologist whose research is focused on social development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is particularly interested in issues of emotion recognition and social cognition. In addition, Dr. Hopkins and colleagues are investigating a computerized gaming platform, “FaceSay” for use as an intervention tool to help children recognize and conceptualize faces. Her research has been funded by foundations including the Civitan International Research Center.

Representative Publications:

Hopkins, M. & Biasini, F. (In preparation). Avatar Assistant: Enhancing Facial Processing Skills through a Computer-Based Intervention.

Hopkins, M. (In preparation). Social Interest and the Development of Face Processing: What Autism Teaches Us About Emotions.

Hopkins, M., Perez, T., & Biasini F. (2007). Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Show Improvements in Emotion and Facial Recognition Abilities Following Interactive Computer Games. Presented at the 19th Annual Convention for the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, D.C.

Hopkins, M., Bates, M., & Biasini, F. (2007). Enhancing Facial and Emotional Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Computer-Based Training. Presented at the Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship. Birmingham, AL.

Hopkins, M., Bates, M., Crowson, S., Pearson, R., & Biasini F. (2007). Enhancing Cognitive-Emotional Skills for Children with Developmental Disabilities through Computer-Based Training. Presented at the 39th Annual Gatlinburg Conference On Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Annapolis, MD.

Hopkins, M. & Biasini, F. (2006). Children with Fragile x Syndrome and Children with Autism Show Distinct Impairments in Emotional Understanding. Presented at the 18th Annual Convention for the Association for Psychological Science. New York, New York.

Hopkins, M., Ross, L., & Biasini, F. (2005). Understanding Facial Expressions: A Comparitive Study of Typical Children and Children with Autism or Fragile x Syndrome. Presented at the 38th Annual Gatlinburg Conference On Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Annapolis, Maryland

Hopkins, M. (2005). An investigation of children with fragile x syndrome and/or autism and their ability to recognize facial expressions of emotions. The Foundation Quarterly, 21.

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Hopkins’ teaching interests include social development, research methods, developmental disabilities, and introduction to psychology.