Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Research Interests
  • Executive Functioning
  • Risk-Taking
  • Socioemotional Development
  • EEG and ERP
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, ASD)
  • Cognition
Research Summary

The overarching goal of my research is to identify factors that increase vulnerability to symptoms and comorbidity of neurodevelopmental disorders. To explore these research questions, I combine measures of cognitive electrophysiology (i.e., EEG and ERP) with behavioral tasks in order to characterize neural correlates of cognitive and socioemotional outcomes during early childhood and inform targeted interventions.

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.S., Psychology & Biology, Merrimack College
Areas of Expertise
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Executive Functioning
  • Socioemotional Development
Recent Publications
  • Cremone-Caira, A.+, Braverman, Y.+, MacNaughton, G., Nikolaeva, J.I. & Faja, S. (2023). Short Report: Characterizing the Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) at the Intersection of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
    • +Authors contributed equally to this work
  • St. Laurent, C.W., Lund Rasmussen, C., Holmes, J.F. Cremone-Caira., A., Desrochers, P.C., Kurdziel, L.B.F., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2023). Associations of movement behavior compositions with cognitive and social-emotional health in early childhood: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Activity, Sedentary, and Sleep Behaviors, 2(7).
  • Cremone-Caira, A., Trier, K., Sanchez, V., Kohn, B., Gilbert, R., & Faja, S. (2021). Inhibition in Developmental Disorders: A Comparison of Inhibition Profiles between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Comorbid Symptom Presentation. Autism, 25(1), 227-243.
  • Cremone-Caira, A., Vaidyanathan, A., Hyatt, D., Gilbert, R., & Faja, S. (2020). Test-Retest Reliability of the N2 Event-Related Potential in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Clinical Neurophysiology, 131(1), 406-413.
  • Cremone-Caira, A., Root, H.*, Harvey, E.A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2020). Effects of Sleep Extension on Inhibitory Control in Young Children with ADHD: A Pilot Study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 24(4), 601-610.
  • Cremone-Caira, A., Buirkle, J., Gilbert, R., Nayudu, N., & Faja, S. (2019). Relations between Caregiver-Report of Sleep and Executive Function Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Comorbid Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 94, 103464.
    • Featured in the Centre for Autism, Middletown, UK Research Bulletin​
  • Cremone, A., Lugo-Candelas, C.I., Harvey, E.A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2018). Positive Emotional Attention Biases in Young Children with Symptoms of ADHD. Child Neuropsychology, 24(8), 1137-1145.
  • Cremone, A., Lugo-Candelas, C.I., Harvey, E.A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2017). REM Sleep Theta Activity Enhances Inhibitory Control in Typically Developing Children but not Children with ADHD Symptoms. Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1491-1500.
  • Cremone, A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2017). Naps Enhance Executive Attention in Preschool-Aged Children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(8), 837-845.
  • Cremone, A., de Jong, D.M., Kurdziel, L.B.F., Desrochers, P., Sayer, A., LeBourgeois, M., Spencer, R.M.C., & McDermott, J.M. (2017). Sleep Tight, Act Right: Negative Affect, Sleep and Behavior Problems During Early Childhood. Child Development, 89(2), e42-e59.
  • Cremone, A., Kurdziel, L.B.F., Fraticelli, A., McDermott, J.M., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2016). Napping Reduces Emotional Attention Bias During Early Childhood. Developmental Science, 20(4), e12411.
  • de Jong, D.M., Cremone, A., Kurdziel, L.B.F., Desrochers, P., LeBourgeois, M., Sayer, A., Ertel, K., & Spencer, R.M.C. (2016). Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Household Income in Relation to Sleep in Early Childhood. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(9), 961-970.
  • Spencer, R.M.C., Campanella, C., de Jong, D.M., Desrochers, P., Root, H.*, Cremone, A., & Kurdziel, L.B.F. (2016). Sleep and Behavior of Preschool Children Under Typical and Nap-Promoted Conditions. Sleep Health, 2(1), 35-41.