Rachel Barr, Ph.D.
I was trained as a developmental and clinical psychologist in New Zealand. Since 2001 I have been director of the Georgetown Early Learning Project. We have shown that babies, toddlers and young children pick up information from a variety of sources, from television, from books, from computers, from touchscreens, from siblings, and across contexts. There are still many open questions about how babies and young children learn and remember. Psychology Department webpage.
Amanda Grenell graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She enjoyed being a research assistant in the Child Study Center at the University of Virginia and is glad she will get the opportunity to continue to work with children and to gain additional research experience. In the future, Amanda hopes to attend graduate school to study Developmental Psychology or Public Health. She is particularly interested in how children learn from different types of media and how research can be used to better public policy and the health of others.
Laura Zimmermann is a second year student with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy. Through the Georgetown Early Learning Project she is investigating the role that media sources play in infants' learning and memory processes. She is currently involved in a project at the National Zoo examining imitation mechanisms and working memory in toddlers. Additionally, she is involved in a touchscreen study looking at infants' ability transfer learning across dimensions and the effect of context in this process. Laura received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in American Sign Language, from the University of Rochester in 2011. She has previously worked at the University of Rochester's Baby Lab
and was an intern at the Laboratory for Developmental Studies
at Harvard University.
Kelly Smith is a senior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy and Linguistics. She became interested in child development after spending several years working in preschool classrooms with the Jumpstart program. In addition to working in the lab, she is a member of the Georgetown Pep Band. She is writing her senior honors thesis on the Baby Elmo project, examining the relationship between incarcerated parents’ perceptions of their children and the quality of their parent-child interactions. She hopes to attend graduate school in developmental psychology.
Lovika Kalra is a senior in the College as a Psychology major and pre-dental student. She joined the ELP lab in January 2012 because of her love for kids and interest in child development and cognition. As a bilingual, she loves working on ELP's bilingual studies to help determine the differences between monolingual and bilingual children. Along with working in the ELP, she is on the board for the Hindu Students Association and choreographs Bollywood dance for Rangila. She was also a committee member for Relay for Life. Lovika is excited to gain experience working with children and hopes to apply these skills to her future career as a pediatric dentist.
Herietta Lee is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and possibly minoring in Biology and Theology. She loves working with children and has always been interested in early child development. She is currently pre-health and hopes to pursue a career in the health field working with children. This is her first semester working at the lab as a part of the Magnet study.
Christina Sharkey is currently a junior in the Georgetown College, majoring in psychology and minoring in cognitive science and economics. On campus, she is on the executive board of Georgetown's Relay for Life and plays club volleyball. Christina is enthusiastic about working with the ELP because she has enjoyed working with children through various mentoring and coaching programs. She is eager to learn more about childhood development through her work on the Zoo Project. Although she is uncertain about her future plans in the field of psychology, she hopes her involvement with the ELP will provide a strong foundation in psychological research.
Sydney Simmons is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology. She joined the Early Learning Project in early 2013 because she loves kids and has always been interested in childhood development. She can't wait to learn more about young children and current research through her work in the lab!
Courtney Nugent is a junior in the College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in French and Linguistics. On campus, Courtney is one of the founders of GU Signs, Georgetown’s Deaf Culture and American Sign Language Club. She has always loved working with children and is looking forward to applying this passion of hers to her interest in Psychology. She is excited to be gaining valuable research experience on the Zoo Project, as she prepares for a career in the field of psychology.
Qianjia (Jiajia) Jiang
Jiajia Jiang is currently a Pre-Med sophomore in the NHS studying Healthcare Management and Policy. She joined the Early Learning Project in early 2012 after being intrigued in the cognitive development of infants, and is currently working on the Cognitive Flexibility Study. Aside from the Early Learning Project, Jiajia is also involved on campus as a Residential Assistant for a freshman dorm and on the Asian American Student Association board.
Natalie Brito earned her PhD from Georgetown in 2013 and is now a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University. She is working with Dr. Kim Noble in the Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development lab
(NEED) where she is examining how early environmental variations shape the trajectory of cognitive development.
Elizabeth (Beth) Zack
Beth Zack earned her PhD from Georgetown in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
(I-LABS) at the University of Washington in 2012. She is now an Outreach Specialist at I-LABS, where she disseminates scientific findings to the community, including early learning providers, educators, parents and policymakers.
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