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Sandy earned her B.A. in Psychology in December 2012 from Florida International University. Prior to starting graduate school, Sandy worked as a research assistant for the Project on Language and Spatial Development (PI: Shannon Pruden) and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (PI: Anthony Dick). Sandy entered the Developmental Science doctoral program at FIU in Fall 2013, and completed her Masters in May 2017. Her broad research interest is the role of experience in relation to infant motor and language development. Specifically, she seeks to understand the interplay between both language and fine motor skills in diverse infant populations, and how those abilities concatenate towards later academic achievement.

  • Publications:
  • Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (Submitted). Measuring comprehension in diverse Hispanic infants using the Mexican-Spanish CDI.

    Nelson, E.L., Gonzalez, S.L., Coxe, S., Campbell, J.M., Marcinowski, E.C., & Michel, G.F. (In Revision). Toddler hand preference trajectories predict 3-year language outcome.

    Gonzalez, S.L., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., & Nelson, E.L. (2016). Quantifying motor experience in the infant brain: EEG coherence, power and mu desynchronization. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:216. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00216. Download paper

    Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2015). Addressing the gap: A blueprint for studying bimanual hand preference in infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:560. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00560. Download paper
    • Presentations:
      Torres, E., Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2017, March). A comparison of Hispanic infant populations on vocabulary size. Poster presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research at Florida International University in Miami, FL. Download poster

      Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2017, March). Comparing Hispanic infant populations on comprehension of IDHC:PG items. Talk presented at the 2017 Graduate Student Appreciation Week Scholarly Forum, Miami, FL, USA.

      Gonzalez, S.L., Nelson, E.L., Latta, J., Campbell, J.M, Marcinowski, E.C., & Michel, G.F. (2016, November). Consistent preschool hand preference predicts language skills at 5 years of age. Poster presented at the 49th meeting of the International Society on Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, California, USA. Download poster

      Gonzalez, S.L., Nelson, E.L., Campbell, J.M., Marcinowski, E.C., & Michel, G.F. (2016, May). Consistency in handedness over 6 to 60 months is linked to school readiness. Poster presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Download poster

      Betancourt, V., Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2016, March). Creation of a Spanish language measure inclusive of a diverse Hispanic population through renorming of the IDHC:PG. Poster presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research at FIU, Miami, FL, USA.

      Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2015, October). Renorming the IDHC:PG for diverse Hispanic populations. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development 9th Biennial Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX. Download poster

      Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson E.L. (2015, October). Administration of the IDHC:PG in Diverse Hispanic Populations. Poster presented at the MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Student Biomedical Mini-Symposium, Miami, FL, USA.

      Gonzalez, S.L., & Nelson, E.L. (2015, May). Improving comprehension measures: Adaptation of the Mexican-Spanish CCT for use in diverse Hispanic populations. Talk presented at the South Florida Child Psychology Research Conference, Miami, FL.

      Gonzalez, S.L., Nelson, E.L., Campbell, J.M., Marcinowski, E.C., Coxe, S., & Michel, G.F. (2014, November). 18-24 Months Handedness Predicts 36 Months Expressive Language Skills. Poster presented at the 47th meeting of the International Society on Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, D.C. Download poster

      Gonzalez, S.L., Bradley, C.A., Barriga, T., Krogh-Jespersen, S., & Pruden, S.M. (2013, November). What are you looking at? Effects of English-Spanish bilingualism on attention to and labeling of motion events. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for the Study of Human Development, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Download poster