• Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Pauley, 313
    (434) 223-6460


B.S., Weber State University, 2013;
M.A., University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2016;
Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2022.


Bauer, R. H. & Gilpin, A. T. (2023) Creativity in early childhood: How do imagination and self-regulation predict creativity in a story-stem task? Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts; https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000620

Bauer, R. H., Gilpin, A. T., & Thibodeau-Nielsen, R. B. (2021). Executive Functions and Imaginative Play: Exploring Relations with Prosocial Behaviors using Structural Equation Modeling. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 25(December 2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2021.100165 

Bauer, R. H. & Gilpin, A. T., (2022). Imaginative Children in the Classroom: Mixed-Methods Examining Teacher Reported Behaviors with Play Observations and Child Assessments, Early Education and Development, 34(2). 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2021.2024111  

Research Interests and potential topics for students

In any age group: Creativity, Imagination, Executive Functioning, Emotion Regulation, Aesthetic Experiences, Figurative Language

In children: Pretend Play, Cognitive Development (e.g., executive functions, language, conceptual development), Socioemotional Development (prosocial behavior, empathy, theory of mind), School Readiness, Early Childhood Education

Research Topics for Students
What fosters the development of creativity? How can we best measure creativity? Why are some people more creative than others? What skills aid in creativity? How does imagination positively impact other skills (cognitive or socioemotional)? Does pretend play foster school readiness skills?