Our Team

Rachel Barr, Ph.D.
  • Rachel Barr, Ph.D.Director

    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. Psychology Department webpage.

Olivia Blanchfield
  • Olivia Blanchfield

    Olivia Blanchfield graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology. She became the lab manager of the Early Learning Project in the summer of 2017. Olivia’s work focuses on the Cognitive Flexibility study and projects with the Comprehensive Assessment of Family Media Exposure (CAFE) Consortium. Her interests include how media exposure affects development, the way in which pre-verbal infants transfer learning, as well as the mechanisms of resilience in childhood.

Joscelin Rocha-Hidalgo
  • Joscelin Rocha-Hidalgo

    Joscelin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology with a concentration on Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She works on projects focused on Bilingualism and Cognition. Her target populations are infants and toddlers. Her training includes techniques such as fMRI (adults), fNIRS, and Eye-Tracking. Joscelin started her post-college journey at the Early Learning Project in the Summer of 2016 as the lab manager.

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  • Ellen Roche

    Ellen Roche works in early childhood advocacy and philanthropy at Trust for Learning. She is interested in infant and toddler emotional regulation, racial equity, and language. She holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University and bachelor’s degrees in English and Music from the University of Maryland.

Olivia Mirek
  • Olivia Mirek

    Olivia Mirek is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in psychology and government in the Georgetown College. She has worked on the Just Beginnings Project, Connect to Baby Program, and the Reference Selection Task in the Cognitive Flexibility study. She is currently working on the CAFE Consortium and the PLAY studies. She is interested in the effects of childhood stressors on child development and learning, and she intends to pursue her doctorate degree in developmental psychology to further research in education policy and reform. 

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  • Jenna Ryu

    Jenna Ryu is a senior in the College majoring in psychology and minoring in journalism. She is currently working on the Grandparenting in the Digital Age study. She aspires to go to graduate school to get her Ph.D. and pursue clinical psychology.

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  • Kate Freda

    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.

  • Samantha Steimle

    Sam Steimle is a second-year student in the dual degree Masters of Public Policy and Ph.D. in the Psychology program at Georgetown. Previously, she received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University. Her research interests involve analyzing the unique stressors that affect low-income children and families, and exploring interventions that promote positive child development and outcomes via a two-generation approach.

  • Kimberly Chanchavac

    Kimberly Chanchavac is a senior at Georgetown majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. She has worked with the Cognitive Flexibility study and is currently working on the Video Chat study. She is interested in early childhood development and intervention strategies. She hopes to one day get her Ph.D in Psychology.

  • Monica Collins

    Monica Collins is a senior in the college at Georgetown majoring in Biology of Global Health. She is from San Marino, California. She is currently working on the Media and the Mind study. She plans to go to medical school after graduation and practice as a pediatrician.

  • Subul Malik

    Subul Malik is a senior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. She is currently working on the Video Chat Study between grandparents and grandchildren for her honors thesis. In the future, she hopes to tie business and medicine and work in pediatrics.

  • Caroline Telesz

    Caroline Telesz is a current junior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Italian. She is currently working on the Cognitive Flexibility Project, which she finds super interesting because of her love of languages and cognition–specifically memory. After her undergraduate degree and ELP, she aspires to get her Ph.D. so she can continue her research in developmental psychology and language (maybe in Italy!).

  • Alex Rubin

    Alex Rubin is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business looking to double major in Marketing and International Business. He is currently working on CAFE and updating the ELP website. He is excited to be working in the (virtual) research lab and gaining experience early in his undergraduate career. He is interested in differences between monolingual and multilingual individuals and the impact language can have on one’s development.

  • Winni Zheng

    Winni is a sophomore 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.