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Tamara Nicol MedinaAssociate Teaching Professor


Tamara Medina completed post-doctoral training in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in 2011, received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in 2007, and earned a B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 1996.  Prior to coming to Emory, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA).

Dr. Medina joined the Department of Psychology at Emory University as an Associate Teaching Professor in 2023.


Research Interests

Cognitive development, language acquisition, syntax, statistical learning

Research Areas

Dr. Medina’s research lies at the intersection of linguistics and psychology.  She is interested in how children learn the meanings of words and how they learn to use those words in sentences.  Recently her work has focused on how learners benefit from statistical regularities in the linguistic input and in the world around them to infer the meanings of words from context.


  • PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology I:  Biological Foundation and Cognitive Processes