Undergraduate Research Assistants
Rachel Kelly is a fourth-year neuroscience student with a minor in criminal justice. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to further research in the neuroscience field.
David Halfin is a fourth-year psychology student with a minor in public health. After graduation, he plans on continuing his studies in graduate school with the goal of getting a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Nick Scheri is a third-year psychology student. He has a strong interest in both developmental and clinical psychology. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys listening to live music and rooting for Philly sports.
Spense Dawkins is a fourth-year psychology student with a minor in creative writing. After graduation, they look forward to obtaining a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with the goal of becoming a clinician-researcher focusing on the needs of queer young adults.
Helene Paris is a third-year neuroscience student. After graduation, she plans to work in the field and attend graduate school in the future.
Ezra Goff is a second-year psychology student. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in behavioral analysis, and one day become a BCBA.
Angelina Tocchet is a fourth-year psychology student with a public health minor. After graduation, she hopes to continue her developmental and clinical psychology studies and attend graduate school with the goal of working in schools and hospitals.
Riley Walker is a second-year speech, language, and hearing sciences student. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school with the goal of becoming a pediatric speech pathologist.
Trish Elleston is a third-year neuroscience student on a pre-medical track. In the future, she aspires to be a pediatric neurologist. Outside of school, she loves exploring Center City and experiencing new adventures.
Argelia Mejia-Cuba is a fourth-year psychology student with an education minor. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in school psychology with the goal of providing help and support to the Latinx youth in Philadelphia.
Erin Cheifetz is a third-year psychology student. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in hopes of becoming a psychologist for children and adolescents.
Valentina Parma is a current collaborator on our grasping in infancy study. She was a Research Assistant Professor at Temple University, however, she recently started working at the Monell Center for the Chemical Senses in Philadelphia. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 2012 from the University of Padova, Italy. Her research focuses on understanding how unconscious stimuli, in particular odors, affect how humans control action and cognition both at the behavioral and the neural level.
Ab.Acus is a company based in Milan, Italy. They focus on research and development in digital systems, transparent technologies, localization devices, self-tracking systems, and simulation and modelization techniques. They collaborate with us on our current study on how infants learn to reach and grasp objects. They developed the TrHandy phone application we implement in that study, among other behind-the-scenes programs.
Graduate Student Alumni
Brydie Boyle graduated in 2021 from the 4+1 B.A./M.S. program. She is currently in the Educational Psychology PhD program at Rutgers University.
Staci Weiss graduated in 2020 with a PhD in Psychology and a focus on Developmental Psychology. Her research interests span the intersection of sensorimotor and cognitive development, with a mind to implications for underserved populations. She is now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge.
Ashely Drew graduated in 2017 with a PhD in Psychology and a focus on Brain Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in the integration of visuo-tactile processing and the development of body representations. She is now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s I-Labs.
Joni Saby graduated in 2014 with a PhD in Psychology and a focus on Brain Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in infant imitation and the development of social interaction.
Nathan Smyk was a Ph.D. student in the Cognition & Neuroscience Program. His research interests include the development of body schema and human-machine interaction.
Lorna Quandt was a Ph.D. student in the program. She is currently at Gallaudet.
Guannan Shen received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 from Columbia University. Her research interests include multisensory perception and bilingualism. After working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Developmental Science Lab, she moved on to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Lab Coordinator Alumni
Rebecca Laconi was the Lab Coordinator of the Developmental Science Lab (2016-2019). She graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology.
Kate Hill was a psychology honors undergrad student with a minor in cognitive neuroscience that graduated in Spring 2022. She now works as a lab manager at Temple University.
Lauren Mochnal was an undergraduate student with a double major in Psychology and Dance that graduated in Spring 2022. She plans on continuing her studies in graduate school while focusing on Dance/Movement Therapy and Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Megan Hernandez was a senior psychology major with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Linguistics that graduated in Spring 2022. She hopes to continue along a path toward graduate school and further developmental psychology work in the future!
Olivia Shapiro was a psychology undergrad student with a minor in criminal justice that graduated in Spring 2022. She is starting her Master’s degree program in forensic mental health at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Fall 2022.