Rachel Barr, PH.D
Dr. Barr was trained as a developmental and clinical psychologist in New Zealand. Since 2001 she has been director of the Georgetown Early Learning Project. The ELP shows 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.
Sydney graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychological & Brain Sciences. She is currently working as a lab manager and data collector. Sydney works primarily on our Cognitive Flexibility Study and plans to earn a Ph.D. in early childhood development.
Kate Freda is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and Biology of Global Health. She is currently working on the Cognitive Flexibility study. Kate is on the pre-med track and planning to attend medical school after graduation.
Doug is a Psychology Ph.D. student with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy. He works on projects exploring children’s relationships with screen media. This work builds on his experiences at the Temple Infant and Child Lab, where he also supported the Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network and its Play Everywhere Philly project. Doug is a graduate of the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music. While at U-M, he studied language learning through digital media with Dr. Twila Tardif.
Kimberly graduated from Georgetown University in May of 2021. She earned her B.A degree studying Psychology and Public Health, with an interest in early childhood development. She is currently the lab manager and works primarily with infant bilingualism and cognition projects. She has also worked with understanding how video chat has impacted parent-child well-being and family relationships during COVID-19.
Ava Foster is a junior in the College pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Japanese. She is currently working on the CAFE study. After her work with the ELP, she plans to get her Ph.D in Psychology to continue her interest in the field of developmental psychology.
Lily Tahmassebi is a junior in the College majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Psychology. She is currently working on the Cognitive Flexibility Project, which she finds very interesting because of her love for early childhood development and neurobiology. After her undergraduate degree, she hopes to get her Ph.D. and continue researching cognitive development.
Winni is a junior in the College pursuing a major in Economics and minor in Psychology on the premed track. She is currently involved with the Video Chat Study in addition to the Media and the Mind study. She is excited and grateful to be a part of the ELP team and to have the opportunity to further her interest in pediatric cognitive development.
Gianna Ungaro is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology on the pre-med track. She is currently working on the Video Chat and Cognitive Flexibility Studies, which allow her to further explore her interests in childhood development. Gianna hopes to attend medical school after graduation.
Olivia is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in psychology. She is currently working on the PLAY project. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she hopes to work in early childhood education where she will continue to focus on the importance of play in children’s learning.
Briana Valle is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science and Disability Studies. They are currently working on the Cross Modal project, one of the Cognitive Flexibility Studies. After their undergraduate degree, they aspire to attend a graduate clinical psychology program to become a child psychologist.
Brianna is a sophomore in the School of Nursing and Health studies majoring in Human Science. She has past experience working on the Video Chat study, but now spends most of her time on the PLAY and LEAT projects. After graduating, Brianna hopes to go to medical school and possibly pursue pediatrics.
Kaela Dockray is a sophomore in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education, Inquiry, and Justice and Public Health. She is currently working on the CAFE Consortium study, where she has gained a more nuanced understanding of the effects of media exposure on parental well-being. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career that incorporates her interests in child development and societal well-being as a whole in order to promote equity and positive developmental trajectories.
Natalie Regan is a senior in the College at Georgetown University studying psychology and art history. She is currently working on the PLAY project and the Memory Flexibility Project. After graduating, Natalie hopes to pursue a career that integrates her interests in art, art history, and psychology and how they can intersect with therapeutic modalities and childhood development.
Lorena Vasquez-Inzunza is a senior in the College within Georgetown University studying psychology with a double minor in sociology and medical humanities. She is a board member of Georgetown University’s Psychology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and was recently selected for the Department’s 2022 Summer Research Fellowship. The program consists of obtaining research training, while working on the Memory Flexibility project, PLAY, and the CAFE Consortium study. After completing her undergraduate degree, she aspires to attend a health psychology graduate program to pursue a career that expands resources for disadvantaged communities in an effort to bridge current health inequities and fundamental healthcare.
Charisma Washington is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is currently working on the Cognitive Flexibility project, the Eyetracking project, and the CAFE Consortium study. After completing her undergraduate degree, Charisma intends to pursue a Clinical Ph.D. in a psychology graduate program and study the intersections between culture and psychopathology.
Cristina is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in Neurobiology with minors in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. She is currently working on the eyetracking project. After completing her undergraduate studies Cristina hopes to continue her studies by getting a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in bioethics.