Positions

Overview

  • A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Professor Hopkins studies social and emotional development in children. She also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology at UAB.

    Dr. Hopkins teaches courses in developmental psychology, social development, research methods and the Psychology Capstone. She is the faculty advisor for the UAB Chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society, which aims to get psychology students connected on campus and in the community.
  • Selected Publications

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Hopkins is a developmental psychologist whose research is focused on social development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is particularly interested in issues of emotion recognition and social cognition. Her research has been funded by foundations including the Civitan International Research Center.

    Her early research directly addressed emotional development in children with autism and other developmental disorders. These projects found that children with autism, in particular, had difficulties recognizing emotions in pictures and schematic drawings. She also documented that children with autism had particular difficulties recognizing emotions from the upper part of the face (eye-region), but demonstrated equal recognition abilities to typically developing children when asked to identify emotions from the lower part of the face.

    In addition, Dr. Hopkins and colleagues have investigated a computerized gaming platform — “FaceSay” — designed to teach specific social skills such as joint attention, holistic face processing, and facial recognition abilities to children with autism. She has documented the effectiveness of this computer-based social skills intervention for children with autism in a series of studies.

    She is currently working on a project to investigate a social robot for children with autism. Recent research suggests the value of using robots to improve social communication. Researchers investigating robots as tools for therapy in ASD have reported increased engagement, increased levels of attention, and novel social behaviors (i.e., turn-taking, imitation, joint attention) when robots are part of the social interaction. The current series of studies are investigating a novel social robot, or Socially Animated Machine (SAM), which consists of a unique mix of anthropomorphic and non-humanoid features.

    Social-emotional development in children, Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY218 - Abnormal Psychology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY796 - Prac in the Teaching of Psych (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • PY412 - Social Development (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY213 - Cross-Cult Persp on Child Dev (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY412 - Social Development (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY490 - Psychology Capstone/SL (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY412 - Social Development (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY201 - Honors Intro to Psychology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY212 - Developmental Psychology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY412 - Social Development (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY101 - Intro to Psychology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY415 - Mental Retard/Dev Disabilities (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Full Name

  • Maria Hopkins