Ph.D Students

 
KevinCarriere_14 Kevin Carriere

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy + M.P.P.
Mentor: Fathali Moghaddam
403B White-Gravenor
Email: krc58@georgetown.edu

Kevin joined the Graduate Program to work with the mentorship of Fathali Moghaddam in 2014. As an undergraduate at Clark University, he researched within the Semiotics of Everyday Activity and Meaning Systems(SEAMS) Lab and is an Editorial Assistant of Culture and Psychology and Editorial Associate of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. His current research project focuses on the meaning construction within family relations of rights and duties and how the interactions between moral reasoning and power differentials influences an individual to lean more towards one or the other. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Clark University in 2014.

RichDakerRichard Daker

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentors: Adam Green & Ian Lyons
305 White-Gravenor
Email: rjd107@georgetown.edu

Rich joined the Graduate Program  and the Laboratory for Relational Cognition in 2016 to work under the guidance of both Adam Green and Ian Lyons. Before coming to Georgetown, Rich worked at ideas42, a non-profit behavioral design lab that applies behavioral science to do social good. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 2015 with a BA in psychology and a certificate in neuroscience. While at Princeton, he was a research assistant in the Human Working Memory Lab where he studied the effects of stereotype threat on working memory. He is primarily interested in using both behavioral and neuroscience methods to study how social and emotional factors affect cognition.

CaitlinHinesCaitlin Hines

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy
Mentor: Rebecca Ryan
303 White-Gravenor
Email: cth36@georgetown.edu

Caitlin joined the Graduate Program to work under the mentorship of Rebecca Ryan in 2016. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from The University of Texas and a Masters in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University. During her Masters program her research focused on public school pre-kindergarten and the school readiness of children living in poverty. Her current research interests include parenting and early childhood education.

JaneHutchisonJane Hutchison

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy
Mentors: Ian Lyons & Deborah Phillips
303 White-Gravenor
Email: jeh288@georgetown.edu

Jane joined the graduate program in 2016 to work under the mentorship of Deborah Phillips and Ian Lyons. She graduated from Western University with a BA in developmental cognitive neuroscience in 2015. While at Western, she worked as a research assistant in the Numerical Cognition Lab where she studied how children acquire numerical and mathematical skills from both neural and behavioural levels of analysis. At Georgetown, she is interested in early childhood math learning and implications for educational policy.

AnnaLeontyevaAnna Leontyeva

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy
Mentor: Yulia Chentsova-Dutton
306A White-Gravenor
Email: al1263@georgetown.edu

Anna joined the Graduate Program and the Georgetown Culture and Emotions Lab in 2016. She graduated from the Psychology Department of Moscow State University and worked several years at the Higher School of Economics as a social psychologist. During that period she was involved in cross-cultural projects on self-presentation, beliefs and emotions, and conducted some qualitative investigations on drug users’ identity narratives in Russia in the context of current social politics. She is interested in understanding how both cultural and social contexts shape interpersonal emotions like trust and what the consequences are for self-attitudes and well-being.

Charles Lynch Charles Lynch

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentor: Chandan Vaidya
401 White-Gravenor
Email: cl968@georgetown.edu

Chuck joined the Graduate Program and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (DCNL) in 2013. Before joining the DCNL he was a research assistant in the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. His graduate research aims to investigate the functional and cognitive significance of cortical hubs identified in individual-subjects using a combination of fMRI, network science techniques, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Chuck graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology.

 
AlyssaMikytuckAlyssa Mikytuck

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy + M.P.P.
Mentor: Jennifer Woolard
306K White-Gravenor
Email: amm293@georgetown.edu

Alyssa joined the Graduate Program and the Center for Research on Adolescence, Women and the Law in 2015.  As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she worked as a Lab Manager for the Community Psychology lab.  Following graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and performed research in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Her research interests broadly focus on adolescents and their families interaction in legal contexts.  Alyssa received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia and a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Christina PadillaChristina Padilla

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy + M.P.P.
Mentor: Rebecca Ryan
303 White-Gravenor
Email: cp762@georgetown.edu

Christina joined the Graduate Program to work under the mentorship of Rebecca Ryan in 2013. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University she was a research assistant in the Laboratory for Child Development, and following graduation she worked on several longitudinal studies on parenting and family dynamics at the NICHD's Section on Child and Family Research. Her current research focuses on the role of parental investments and early education experiences on children’s school readiness as well as differences in investments between groups of parents, including parents differing by socioeconomic and nativity status. She is also interested in studying the unique role fathers play in child development. Christina's dissertation work focuses on how early care and education experiences might impact parenting behavior and well-being among parents at risk. 

pearce_thumbnail Alaina Pearce

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentor: Chandan Vaidya
401 White-Gravenor
Email: ap1088@georgetown.edu

Alaina joined the Graduate Program under the mentorship of Chandan Vaidya in 2012. Her research focuses on different profiles of executive function (and dysfunction) across development, with a focus on pediatric obesity. More generally, she instereted in examining the intersection of health and brain and cogntive development using multivariate and magnetic resonance imagining methods. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota - Morris.

Marisa Putnam profileMarisa Putnam

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy + M.P.P.
Mentor: Sandra Calvert
313 White-Gravenor
Email: mp1265@georgetown.edu

Marisa is a National Science Foundation fellow in the Children's Digital Media Center and joined the Graduate Program in 2014. As an undergraduate at Boston College, she worked as a research assistant in the Infant and Child Cognition Lab. Following graduation she worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a research assistant and programmer on early childhood policy projects. Her current research examines how children’s parasocial relationships with digital media characters influence children’s health and STEM learning outcomes. Her dissertation work focuses on how children's parasocial relationships are associated with gender and stereotypes in the context of learning early STEM concepts.

Sylvia Rusnak

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentor: Rachel Barr
413 White-Gravenor
Email: snr30@georgetown.edu

Sylvia joined the Graduate Program and the Georgetown Early Learning Project in 2015. Her past studies have focused on the elements of social interactions that influence infants' preferences for social partners and learning from video recordings of these partners. Her research interests include infants' learning and memory processes with respect to media sources. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English, as well as a Minor in French, from Cornell University. 

OwenSchochetOwen Schochet

Concentration: Human Development and Public Policy + M.P.P.
Mentor: Anna Johnson
303 White-Gravenor
Email: os188@georgetown.edu

Owen joined the Graduate Program to work under the mentorship of Anna Johnson in 2016. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, he was a research assistant in the Rochester Baby Lab, and following graduation he studied international and domestic education programs and policies at Mathematica Policy Research. His graduate research is focused on the application of rigorous evaluation methods to study the quality of publicly-funded early childhood education programs and policies designed to support school readiness and the optimal development of at-risk children.

KruitVekaria_14 Kruti Vekaria

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentor: Abigail Marsh
402 White-Gravenor
Email: kmv39@georgetown.edu

Kruti joined the Graduate Program and the Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience in 2014. As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, she was a Research Assistant in the Self-Control Neuroscience Research Lab and following graduation she worked as an Associate Consultant at a behavioral analytics firm. Following this experience, she went on to work as a Research Analyst on several neuroimaging studies at Vanderbilt University's Affective Neuroscience Lab. She is interested in exploring decision making, self-control, and emotion regulation as it relates to the subjective valuation of choices. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Economics from the University of Southern California.

 
AdamWeinbergerAdam Weinberger

Concentration: Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience
Mentor: Adam Green
305 White-Gravenor
Email: abw58@georgetown.edu

Adam joined the Graduate Program and the Laboratory for Relational Cognition in 2015. He earned his B.S. in Neuroscience at Union College, where he conducted research on inattentional and change blindness. Following graduation, Adam worked on the development of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures at Evidera, a health research organization. He is interested in human creativity, intuitive illusions, and the role intelligence plays in decision-making. Adam has ongoing research to investigate individuals' ability to spatialize information through mental models.