People

 

Principal Investigator

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Peter Marshall is a Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1997, and carried out postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland before coming to Temple in 2004.

    Peter Marshall’s Website

Researchers Scholars

Valentina Parma is a Research Assistant Professor at Temple University. 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 at the neural level.

Valentina Parma’s Website

Guannan Shen received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 from Columbia University. Her research interests include multisensory perception and bilingualism. She’s also interested in exploring different techniques of statistical analysis of brain-imaging data.

Graduate Students

Staci Meredith Weiss is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Program. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in psychology & a physics minor. Her research interests span the intersection of sensorimotor and cognitive development, with a mind to implications for underserved populations.

 

Nathan Smyk is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition & Neuroscience Program. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a M.S. in Experimental Psychology, and Kutztown University with a B.S. in Psychology & Anthropology minor. His research interests include the development of body schema and human-machine interaction.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Olivia Allison is a Psychology major within the Honors Program and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. After graduation, she plans on obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology.

Shannon Tissera is a Psychology major. After graduation, she hopes to either enter a Psy.D. program to become a Clinical Psychologist with a concentration in Biopsychology or attend medical school.

Megan Shaud is a Psychology major and Criminal Justice in the Accelerated 4+1 B.A./M.A. program to get her Master’s in Criminal Justice. After graduating with her Master’s, she hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in either Behavioral Neuroscience or Developmental Psychology.

Brydie Boyle is a Psychology major. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education in the M.S. Psychological Research program then obtaining a Ph.D. in Developmental or Clinical Psychology.

Andreana Xinos is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, she plans to pursue an Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s degree to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Shortly after graduating with her Master’s, she hopes to obtain a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology.

Tahjanae Nichols is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. After graduation, she plans on becoming a teacher in the District of Columbia school system for a few years, and during those years obtaining her Master’s in School Psychology in order to then move on and become a School Psychologist. She then will try and obtain her Ph.D, and either become a School Administrator of her own school or get into Forensic Psychology.

Beth McNamee is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Statistics within the Honors Program. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to further research in the field of Neuroscience.

Allison Berger is a freshman majoring in Neuroscience within the Honors Program. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in order to further her education in the field of neuroscience.

Lab Alumni

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.

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 University of Washington’s I-Labs.

Jeb Taylor graduated in 2019 Psychology and Philosophy within the Honors Program. After graduation, he hopes to either enter a Ph.D. program in a discipline of Psychology or go to law school.

Yuheiry Rodriguez is a senior majoring in Psychology within the Honors Program. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology or School Psychology.

Chiara Vasquez is a senior majoring in Psychology. After graduation, she plans on becoming an Applied Behavioral Analyst and entering into an OT program.

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.