• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Kristine Kovack-Lesh

Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Associate Dean for Faculty Development

[email protected]
920-748-8162
Office: Todd Wehr B15

Basic Information

Education

  • B.A., Valparaiso University
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Courses Taught

  • PSC 110: General Psychology
  • PSC 211: Research Design and Statistics I
  • PSC 212: Research Design and Statistics II
  • PSC 234: Infant Development
  • PSC 235: Child Development
  • PSC 242: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • PSC 339: Cognitive Processes
  • PSC 523: Research Seminar
  • PSC 524: Senior Studies
  • CTL 120: Learning & Memory

Learn more about Dr. Kovack-Lesh's Infant Cognition Lab

Awards & Honors

  • 2015: May Bumby Severy, Class of 1908, Award
  • 2013: Adults’ Perceptions of Elementary School Aged Student’ Mathematical Abilities (with Emily Connovich) McNair Scholar Award
  • Summer 2012: Adolescents’ Perception of Mental Health as Acceptable or Not Acceptable Among Their Peers (with Lisa Aguilar) McNair Scholar Award
  • Summer 2010: The Variability in Motor and Cognitive Development of Pre-term, Full-term, Singleton, and Multiple Infants (with Josie Ullsperger): McNair Scholar Award

Publications

  • Kovack-Lesh, K. A., McMurray, B., & Oakes, L. M. (2014). Four-month-old infants’ visual investigation of pairs of cats and dogs: Relations with pet experience and attentional strategy. Developmental Psychology, 50, 402-413.
  • McMurray, B., Kovack-Lesh, K.A ., Goodwin, D.*, & McEchron, W. D. (2013). Infant Directed Speech and the statistics of phonetics cues: Phonetic enhancement is an unintended consequence? Cognition, 129, 362-378.

Areas of Interest

  • Attention
  • Developmental psychology
  • Research areas: infant categorization, infant memory and infant speech perception

Presentations

  • Leuenberger, R.*, Andrews, C. M. #, Simmering, V. R., & Kovack-Lesh, K. A. (March 2019). Bridging the gap in attentional task design and developing age-appropriate measurements: A cross-task examination. Poster presented at the 72nd Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
  • Andrews, C. M. #, Leuenberger, R.*, Kovack-Lesh, K. A., & Simmering, V. R. (March 2019). Attention across action systems: Bridging the gap in attention measurement techniques across development. Poster presented at the 72nd Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
  • Leuenberger, R. *, Andrews, C. M. #, Kovack-Lesh, K. A., & Simmering, V. R. (July 2018). Comparing flanker effects in direction and color over development. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI.
  • Andrews, C. M.#, Coates, E.*, Kovack-Lesh, K. A., & Simmering, V. R. (April 2017). Comparing multiple measures of attention in preschool-aged children. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX
  • Kovack-Lesh, K.A. (May 2016). Exploring the development of scene memory during infancy. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Congress of Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA.