Our Team

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  • Stephanie Haddad

    Stephanie Haddad is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in psychology and linguistics. She is currently working on the Video Chat and Eye Tracking studies. She is interested in bilingualism and second language acquisition especially among infants and young children. She aspires to get a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics or applied linguistics.

  • Lily Tahmassebi

    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.

Lucy Neely
  • Lucy Neely

    Lucy Neely is a rising senior at Lafayette College studying Psychology and Government. She is currently working on the Grandparenting in the Digital Age study. She plans to continue this research for her Honors Thesis next year. Lucy plans to pursue a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology.

Meghana Malyala
  • Meghana Malyala

    Meghana is a third year at the University of Virginia majoring in Psychology. She is currently working on the CAFE study, and is excited to be working in early cognitive development research. She eventually hopes to further her interests in graduate school.

Caroline Telesz
  • Caroline Telesz

    Caroline Telesz is a current senior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Italian. Previously, she has worked on the Cognitive Flexibility Project which she found super interesting because of her love of languages and cognition. Now she has transitioned to work on CAFE which explores another one of her interests: media use and parental well being. After graduating, she aspires to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology so she can continue her research in developmental psychology and support new mothers and babies.

A-Nya Badger
  • A-Nya Badger

    A-Nya is a Junior at Berea College in Kentucky from West Virginia. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Peace and Social Justice Studies. This summer is her first time joining the lab, and she is working on the Zoomers and Boomers project. She plans to go to graduate school to study psychology and community organizing.

Ava Foster
  • Ava Foster

    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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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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
  • Samantha Steimle

    Sam Steimle is a PhD student in the Psychology program at Georgetown with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy. She received her MPP from the McCourt School of Public Policy, and 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 programs and interventions that promote positive child development 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.

  • 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.