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.

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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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.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 BlanchfieldFormer Lab Manager

    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.

  • Sylvia Rusnak

    Sylvia Rusnak is a third year Psychology PhD student. She is interested in the elements of social interactions that are important for young children’s learning and memory processes, particularly with respect to media sources. Sylvia is studying the neural mechanisms that underlie this learning using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). She received her B.A. in Psychology and English, as well as a Minor in French, from Cornell University.