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About Us

We’re the Baby’s First Years team at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at
The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain - University of Minnesota, and we’re looking forward to meeting you!


Neely Miller


Twin Cities (MN) Study Coordinator

  • 4-year-old Neely loved chocolate, playing outside, and took her role as the Funky Chicken in her dance recital very seriously.  

  • Grown-up Neely also loves chocolate and being outside, but decided to abandon her dance career in favor of doing research with kids and families.  

Jessica Emerick

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Research Assistant

  • 4-year-old  Jess loved singing, dancing, and “The Little Mermaid.” She was a picky eater and her favorite foods were mac & cheese and ice cream.

  • Grown up Jess loves spending time outside walking, swimming, and exercising. She is still a big fan of singing and eating ice cream, although she is not as picky about food anymore.

Hannah Shryer


Research Assistant

  • 4-year-old Hannah loved Spongebob Squarepants, playing soccer, and anything chocolate.

  • Grown up Hannah loves sunflowers, ice cream, and going camping with her puppy. 

Alexis Shuck

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Research Assistant

  • 4-year-old Alexis loved gymnastics, Blues Clues, and eating ice cream.

  • Grown up Alexis loves playing with her cat, reading, and occasionally playing the piano.

Dante Rogers


Research Assistant

  • 4-year-old Dante loved dinosaurs! His favorite was a velociraptor because they were fast and always worked together. 

  • Grown up Dante loves doing research! He especially loves working with children because it's fun and fulfilling!

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