Our team

  • Tish KashaniResearch Staff

    Tish Kashani has experience as a counselor and teacher with special needs children and adults and in administration in small business and environmental organizations. With her long-term interest in early development, she’s excited to volunteer with ELP’s staff and students as well as learn more about its current research with young children.

  • Herietta LeeResearch Staff

    Herietta Lee graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a BA in psychology minoring in Theology. She loves working with children and has always been interested in early child development. She is currently taking a gap year and is applying to dental schools. She is excited to continue her work from her undergraduate studies and hopes to carry over this experience to her future studies in becoming a pediatric dentist.

  • Natalie BritoGraduate Student

    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.

  • Nelson Jaimes

    Nelson Jaimes is a first year Neuroscience PhD student. At the ELP, Nelson is designing mobile apps to test the cognitive load of three to five year olds. These apps will be used in combination with functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging for multi voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) in the near future.

  • Laura ZimmermannGraduate Student

    Laura Zimmermann earned her PhD from Georgetown in 2016 and is now an IES Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Delaware. She is working with Dr. Roberta Golinkoff in the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Lab where she is currently examining strategies to teach spatial skills to preschoolers in concrete and digital puzzle formats as well as the relationship between spatial skills and later math readiness.

  • Christine ChaResearch Assistant

    Christine Cha is a junior in the College majoring in Biology of Global Health with a minor in Economics. She is also pre-med and hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics or pediatric psychiatry because she loves working with children. She joined the Early Learning Project her freshman year and is very excited about her work with the Magnet Study, and she hopes that her experience at the ELP will carry over into her future medical career.

  • Rosa CuppariResearch Assistant

    Rosa Cuppari is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She has worked with children in summer camps and classrooms and looks forward to adding another facet to her experience. Having grown up bilingual, Rosa is particularly interested in how learning two languages at an early age affects a child’s lifetime of learning and hopes to combine this personal interest with the Magnet Study.

  • Rachel Barr, Ph.D.Project Director

    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.

  • Courtney NugentResearch Assistant

    Courtney Nugent is a senior 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.

  • Caroline MusslewhiteResearch Assistant

    Caroline Musslewhite is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology, with a double minor in Theology and Spanish. She joined the Early Learning Project in spring of 2014 and is fascinated with the cognitive and social development of infants. She is hoping her work with the Baby Elmo Project will provide a further foundation in child development and attachment.