Susan Rivera

Asst Professor


Center for Mind & Brain
MIND Institute - UCD Medical Center

Offices and Labs

174k Young Hall; 202 Cousteau Pl.


1998 PhD Psychology University of California, Berkeley
1991 BA Psychology Indiana University

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Psychology; Center for Mind and Brain; M.I.N.D. Institute


Society for Neuroscience
Society for Research in Child Development
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

CBS Grad Group Affiliations


Specialties / Focus

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Medical Neuroscience

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Psychology; Human Development


Neurocognitive Development Laboratory website
  • Nancie Zawaydeh -graduate student (Human Development; Eric Charles - graduate student (Psychology); Faraz Farzin - graduate student (Psychology); Melissa Henry - PGR/lab manager; Kami Koldewyn - graduate student (Neuroscience); Elizabeth Reynolds -PGR;

Teaching Interests

Developmental Neuroscience; Cognitive Development; and Numerical Representation and Reasoning.


PSC 146 Development of Memory
PSC 141 Cognitive Development
PSC 290 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (graduate seminar) (Spring)
PSC 212A Cognitive and Perceptual Development (Spring)


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  • Rivera, S.M. and Koldewyn, K. (in press). Unraveling the mystery of motion perception impairments in autism: Some further considerations. Current Psychology of Cognition.
  • Rivera, S.M., David, N., Henry, M.L., Adams, J., Barcellos, T., Brunberg, J.A. and Hagerman, R.J. (under review). Cerebellar dysfunction in older males with the fragile X premutation: An fMRI investigation.
  • Rivera, S.M., Reiss, A.L, Eckert, M.A., and Menon, V. (2005). Developmental changes in mental arithmetic: Evidence for increased functional specialization of the left inferior parietal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 15(5).
  • Hessl,D., Rivera, S.M., and Reiss, A.L. (2004) The Neuroanatomy and Neuroendocrinology of Fragile X Syndrome. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 10:17-24.
  • Langer, J., Rivera, S.M., Schlesinger, M., and Wakeley, A. (2002). Early Cognitive Development: Ontogeny and Phylogeny. In: Valsiner, J. & Connolly, K. (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychology. London: Sage.
  • Rivera, S.M., Menon, V., White, C.D., Glaser, B., Glover, G. and Reiss, A.L. (2002). Functional brain activation during arithmetic processing in females with fragile X Syndrome is related to FMR-1 protein expression. Human Brain Mapping.16(4),206-21
  • Mackenzie, K., Rivera, S.M., Menon, V., Reiss, A.L., and Glover, G. (2002). Arithmetic processing of incongruent arithmetic equations: A functional MRI study. Human Brain Mapping 16(2),119-30.
  • Menon V., Rivera S.M., White C.D., Glover G.H., Reiss A.L. (2000). Dissociating Prefrontal and Parietal Activation During Arithmetic Processing. Neuroimage, 12, (4), 357-365.
  • Menon V., Rivera S.M., White C.D., Eliez S., Glover G.H., Reiss A.L. (2000). Functional Optimization of Arithmetic Processing in Perfect Performers. Cognitive Brain Research, 9 (3) 343-345.
  • Rivera, S.M., Wakeley, A. & Langer, J. (1999). The drawbridge phenomenon: representational reasoning or perceptual preference? Developmental Psychology, v35(2), 427-435.