Banchiamlack Dessalegn Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Banchiamlack Dessalegn, Ph.D. moved to the U.S. as a junior in high school and went on to attend Penn State University and then Johns Hopkins University where she earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. Currently, she works as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago and she is also based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where her research focuses on the cognitive development of orphans in different living conditions such as living in orphanages or with extended family members and poor parents. Fluent in written and spoken Amharic and English, Dr. Dessalegn has published several papers on language and cognition and has worked as an HIV/AIDS advocate in Ethiopia.