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Department of Psychology

University of Mississippi

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller
Experimental Faculty
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training
311C Peabody
(662) 915-6541

Field: Developmental Psychology

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2012
M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007
B.S., Stetson University, 2005

Dr. Miller directs the Cognition of Underlying Behavior (CUB) Lab focused on social and cognitive development across the lifespan, with an emphasis on infancy and early childhood. Past work has focused on the development of executive function from the toddler years to middle childhood and has investigated executive function’s relationship to language, gesture, social understanding, memory, and creativity. Please visit for more information.

Dr. Miller’s research program focuses on the development of cognitive control, commonly referred to as executive function (EF). She approaches the study of EF from a social representational framework stressing the importance of representation and social forces on EF development. This approach suggests controlled behavior can be represented by the struggle between habit-based and conscious-representational thought that develops across the lifespan. Further, this framework supports the examination of EF within a social context, investigating how socially driven representational change guides EF development and how management of representations within EF influences social development. Her work has examined interrelations between EF and abilities like communication, language, theory of mind, emotion understanding, memory, creativity, and mindfulness.

Research Areas:

  • Cognitive Development
  • Children’s use of language and representation in problem solving
  • The relationship between social understanding and cognitive control
  • Memory development

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Courses Taught:

PSY 202: Statistics for Behavior Science

PSY 703: Quantitative Methods in Psychology

PSY 301: Developmental Psychology

PSY 718: Advanced Developmental Psychology

Dr. Miller plans to accept a graduate student for the 2021-2022 academic year.