Memory Development

and Disorders Lab


Jamie Edgin, PhD, Director

Assistant Professor

Psychology and

the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Office: 515 Psychology
Fax: (520) 626-0827, Phone: (520) 626-0244
Mailing address: University of Arizona Department of Psychology, 1503 East University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721
Lab Location: Charles Sonnett Space Sciences Building Suite 10, Office Room 20

Jamie Edgin is a Developmental Psychologist specializing in the area of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Her area of expertise is cognitive development and sleep in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Down Syndrome and autism.

She serves on a number of state and community boards to support individuals with developmental disabilities, including her service on the State of Arizona Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, to the Southern Arizona Network for Down syndrome, and with the Professional Council for the Autism Society of Southern Arizona. For this service and her work with community organizations, she was nominated for the Dianne Lynn Anderson Memorial Award for Community Service in 2014. In 2015, she will visit university and parent advocacy groups across the globe, delivering talks in Canada, Mexico, and France.

Dr. Edgin's work in the early 2000s was instrumental in characterizing the specific learning/memory profiles (i.e., the individual strengths and weaknesses) of individuals with Down syndrome and autism. For these efforts, she received the 2008/2009 Charles Epstein award from the National Down Syndrome Society and the 2015 David Cox “Rising Star” Award from the LuMind Foundation. Dr. Edgin's most recent work has shown links between sleep problems and cognition in Down syndrome and is the first empirical evidence to suggest that poor sleep may limit how well these individuals can learn to communicate. Dr. Edgin has numerous national and international collaborations, including collaborations with UNAM/Mexico City and leadership in largest established consortium study on Down syndrome to date (the LuMind funded “Down syndrome Phenotype Project”). In 2014 she was awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to study sleep disturbance in at-risk infants, including infants born with Down syndrome and autism. 

Research in the MDD lab is made possible by the generous support of the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Thrasher Fund, the Lejeune Foundation, and the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium.


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The University of Arizona Down Syndrome Research Group

Established in 2007, the UofA DSRG is a joint effort between Regents Professor Lynn Nadel and Jamie Edgin. Visit this page to find out more!


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