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Jane E.

Barker
University of Colorado Boulder jane.barker@colorado.edu
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (812) 325-7148
345 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 Last updated: 3/2018
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EDUCATION

2017 Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience


University of Colorado Boulder
Thesis: “How do children begin to engage executive functions in self-directed
contexts?: Modeling environmental, genetic, and cognitive processes supporting semantic
verbal fluency”. Yuko Munakata, advisor.
2013 M.A., Cognitive Psychology
University of Colorado Boulder
2008 M.P.A., Policy Analysis and Public Financial Administration
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Indiana Bloomington
2004 B.A., cum laude, English and Policy Studies
Rice University

EMPLOYMENT

2018 – present University of Colorado Boulder


Postdoctoral Research Associate
PI: Yuko Munakata

PUBLICATIONS

A. Journal Articles (published and in-press)

Doebel, S., Barker, J. E., Chevalier, N., Michaelson, L. E., Fisher, A.V., & Munakata, Y. (2017). Getting
ready to use control: Advances in the measurement of young children’s use of proactive control.
PLoS One.

Lurquin, J. H., Michaelson, L. E., Barker, J. E., Gustavson, D., Carruth, N., von Bastian, C., & Miyake,
A. (2016). No evidence of the ego depletion effect across task characteristics and individual
differences: A pre-registered study. PLoS One.

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2015). Time isn’t of the essence: activating goals rather than imposing
delays improves inhibitory control in children. Psychological Science, 26(12), 1898-1908.

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2015). Developing self-directed executive functioning: recent findings
and future directions. Mind, Brain, and Education, 9(2), 92-99.

Barker, J. E., Semenov, A. D., Michaelson, L., Provan, L. S., Snyder, H. R., & Munakata, Y. (2014).
Less-structured time in children's daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning. Frontiers in
Psychology, 5, 593.

B. Journal Articles (in preparation or in revision)

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Barker, J. E., Munakata, Y., Hewitt, J. K., & Friedman, N. P. (in preparation). Environmental and
genetic influences on developing self-directed switching in semantic verbal fluency.

Barker, J. E., Roche, A., & Munakata, Y. (in preparation). Can forcing children to pause help them to
avoid impulsive actions?: Implications from the Day-Night Stroop Task.

Gustavson, D., Lurquin, J., Michaelson, L. E., Barker, J. E., Carruth, N., & Miyake, A. (in revision).
Examining the relationship between executive function and internalizing psychopathology: Lower
general executive function is associated with trait worry.

Germeroth, C., Sarama, J., Clements, D. H., Layzer, C., Day-Hess, C., Bodrova, E., Barker, J. E., &
Hyatas, A. (in revision). Play it high, play it low: Examining the reliability and validity of a new
observation tool to measure children’s make-believe play. The American Journal of Play.

C. Peer-Reviewed Technical Reports

Arens, S. A., Stoker, G., Barker, J. E., Shebby, S., Wang, X., Cicchinelli, L. F., & Williams, J. M.
(2012). Effects of curriculum and teacher professional development on the language proficiency of
elementary English language learner students in the Central Region. (NCEE 2012-4013). Denver,
CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

D. Book Chapters

Munakata, Y., Michaelson, L., Barker, J. E., & Chevalier, N. (2012). Executive functioning during
infancy and childhood. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.

E. Other Publications

Beesley, A. D., Clark, T. F., Barker, J. E., Germeroth, R. C., & Apthorp, H. S. (2010). Expeditionary
Learning Schools: Theory of action and literature review of motivation, character, and engagement.
Denver, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

Germeroth, C., Barker, J. E., Arens, S., & Wang, X. (2009). Our Kids: A McREL Report Prepared for
Stupski Foundation’s Learning System. San Francisco: Stupski Foundation.

Moore, L., Rease, D., & Barker, J. E. (2009). Student Supports: A McREL Report Prepared for Stupski
Foundation’s Learning System. San Francisco: Stupski Foundation.

HONORS, AWARDS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2017 Dozier Award for Basic Research, awarded for most outstanding gradate scholarly
record, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
2017 Travel Grant, University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School
2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education, University of Colorado Boulder
($10,000 Research Assistantship)
2015 Sheryl R. Young Memorial Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder
2014 Open Access Fund Grant, University of Colorado Boulder
2011 Merit Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder
2008 U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist (declined)
2006 – 2008 Graduate Assistantship, Indiana University Bloomington
2004 Jill Pittman Jones Scholarship, Rice University
2001 – 2004 Merit Scholarship, Rice University
2000 National Merit Scholar, Claremont McKenna College

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PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2018 – present Postdoctoral Research Associate, NICHD R01, “Developing Inhibitory


Control.” (PI: Yuko Munakata)
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
Fall 2017 – present Graduate/Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Child & Family Well-Being Pilot
Program (PI: Sona Dimidjian)
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience & School of Education, University
of Colorado Boulder
2016 – 2017 Graduate Research Assistant, CU Innovative Seed Grant, “Connecting
Everyday Experience and Cognitive Development: The Case of Less-Structured
Time and Children’s Self-directed Executive Function”. (PI: Yuko Munakata)
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
2016 – 2017 Affiliated Researcher
Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
University of Denver, Denver, CO
2015 – 2016 Research Assistantship, Chancellor’s Award for STEM Education, “Developing
skills to persist and succeed in STEM: Comparing self-directedness, learning,
curiosity, and persistence in more- and less-structured Science Discovery
Camps.” Role: Primary Grantee.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
2011 – 2013 Graduate Research Assistant, NICHD R01, “Representations yielding task-
dependent flexibility.” (PI: Yuko Munakata)
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
2011 Researcher, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL),
Denver, CO
Selected project experience: Developed data collection protocols, managed data
collection, conducted assessments, and performed analyses in support of a
randomized controlled trial of a curricular and professional development
intervention designed to improve children’s English language acquisition. Co-
developed evaluation assessing implementation and outcomes in a 7-year district-
wide counseling program. Performed qualitative and quantitative analyses to
establish effects of programmatic interventions.
2008 – 2011 Research Associate, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning,
Denver, CO
2006 – 2008 Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, School of Public and
Environmental Affairs, University of Indiana Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2017, April). Improving children's response inhibition: effects of
additional instructions or in-the-moment reminders?. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the
Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Barker, J. E., Michaelson, L. E., & Munakata, Y. (2017, April). Children’s ability to engage proactive
control predicts their willingness to delay gratification. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of
the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

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Lurquin, J. H., Michaelson, L. E., Barker, J. E., Gustavson, D., Carruth, N., von Bastian, C., & Miyake,
A. (2015, November). No evidence of the ego depletion effect across task characteristics and
individual differences. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Gustavson, D., Lurquin, J., Carruth, N., Michaelson, L. E., Barker, J. E., von Bastian, C., & Miyake, A.
(2015, November). Executive Dysfunction in Trait Anxiety: Evaluating and Extending Attentional
Control Theory. Poster presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago,
IL.

Doebel, S., Barker, J. E., Chevalier, N., Michaelson, L. & Munakata, Y. (2015, October). Getting ready
to use control: Advances in measuring a key developmental transition in how children engage
executive function. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive
Development Society, Columbus, Ohio.

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2015, March). Relationships Between Children’s Daily Activities and the
Development of Self-directed Executive Functioning. Talk presented at the biennial meeting of the
Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA (session co-chair).

Barker, J. E.* & Michaelson, L. E. (2015, March). Living Lab Collaboration: CU Boulder Cognitive
Development Center and the Children’s Museum of Denver. Talk presented at the National Living
Laboratory Academic Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (*co-presenter).

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2015, February). Relating Children’s Experiences to Their Emerging Self-
directed Executive Functioning. Talk presented at the 40th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference,
Jackson Hole, WY.

Munakata, Y. and Barker, J. (2014, November). Predicting and improving children’s self-directed
executive functioning. Talk presented at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society
conference, Forth Worth, TX.

Barker, J. E. & Munakata, Y. (2013, April). Improving children's response inhibition: effects of active
computation, passive dissipation, or reactive control?. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the
Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Barker, J. E. (2013, April). Improving Children’s Response Inhibition: Effects of Active Computation,
Passive Dissipation, or Reactive Control?. Talk presented at the 32nd Annual Ekstrand Memorial
Mini-Convention, Boulder, CO.

Barker, J. E. (2012, April). Infant Generalization and Proactive Processing During the A-not-B Task.
Talk presented at the 31st Annual Ekstrand Memorial Mini-Convention, Boulder, CO.

Arens, S., Barker, J. E. & Shebby, S. (2011, April). Interpreting English Language Learner (ELL)
Instructional Models: Using Data to Move Towards a Common Language. Talk presented at the
Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit, Denver, CO.

Barker, J., E. & Allen, J. (2010, May). Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Accountability:
The Relationship between the ASCA National Model and Assessment Scores. Talk presented at the
annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Barker, J. E. (2008, August). Basic Grant Writing and Budgeting. Seminar conducted at the Azerbaijan
Women and Children Development Centre, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
Baku, Azerbaijan.

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SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

Time Magazine (time.com): “Study: Less-structured time correlates to kids’ success”, 6/19/2014.
Atlantic Monthly Online: “Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School”, 6/20/2014.
The Daily Telegraph: “Forcing children to play sports and do homework may be bad for them”,
6/20/2014.
Education Week: “Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive
Functioning”, July 2014.
La Presse (Montreal): “Les vertus de l’oisiveté”, July 2014.
CBS News Online: “Over-scheduling kids may be detrimental to their development”, 6/20/2014.
Science Daily Featured Research Article: “Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their
own goals”, 6/18/14.
Business Standard: “Let your kids play for better future”, Business Standard, 8/19/2014.
Colorado Public Radio: “Giving kids more free time could be good for them”, 8/11/2014.
Boulder Daily Camera: “CU-Boulder study: Kids with less-structured activities better at setting,
completing goals”, 6/18/2014.
KGNU Radio, Boulder: “Time Isn’t of the Essence: Curbing Impulsive Behavior”, 12/24/2015.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fall 2015, Fall 2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant & Lead Laboratory Instructor, Methods in
Developmental Psychology, PSYC 4744. Created original course content for a
new course, including all laboratory lectures and assignments, an R tutorial, and
a writing workshop; supervised students during project design, laboratory and
field data collection, analysis, and reporting; graded written assignments.

Spring 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, PSYC


2145. Taught guest lecture and review sessions; prepared original course content;
created and managed online learning platform; graded exams and written
assignments.

Fall 2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Developmental Psychology, PSYC 4684. Taught
review sessions; created and managed online learning platform; graded exams
and written assignments.

Guest Lectures:
Critical Thinking, PSYC 4521, (Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2017)
Methods in Developmental Psychology, PSYC 4744, (Fall 2014; Fall 2015)
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, PSYC 2145 (Spring 2015)

STUDENT SUPERVISION

Honors Thesis Mentorship, University of Colorado Boulder:


Anne Roche (2017; summa cum laude; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fund Awardee)
Kaylyn Van Deusen (2017; summa cum laude; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fund Awardee)
Elizabeth Patterson (2015; cum laude; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fund Awardee)
Kathleen Peoples (2014; magna cum laude; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fund Awardee)
Andrei Semenov (2013; summa cum laude; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fund Awardee)

Intel Science Talent Search Competition Mentorship:

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Emma White, Tenzin Dorje (2016)
Cameron Resch (2015)

SKILLS & WORSHOPS

Programming and software expertise: (primary) R, Python, MPlus; (secondary) OpenMX, ePrime,
Matlab, SAS

2016 International Workshop on Statistical Genetic Methods for Human Complex Traits
Boulder, CO
2009 Hierarchical Linear Models Workshop
Language Testing Research Colloquium
Denver, CO
2009 Developer Training, Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.) Administration
Denver, CO
2009 McREL Professional Development, Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Cognitive Abilities
Administration Training
Denver, CO

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS

Co-written ad-hoc reviews: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Cognition, Developmental


Science, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Association for Psychological Science (APS)


Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)