Research Staff


Ander Avdellas

Laboratory Manager
Math Brain Lab (PI: Lyons)
313 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: aa2572@georgetown.edu


Kimberly Chanchavac

Laboratory Manager
Early Learning Project (PI: Barr)
413 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: knc50@georgetown.edu

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.


Alivia Foster

Laboratory Manager
Community Research Group (PI: Woolard)
306 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: af1206@georgetown.edu


Kara Kilpatrick

Laboratory Manager
Stress, Health, and Development Lab (PI: Chiang)
403B White-Gravenor Hall
Email: kjk84@georgetown.edu

Kara is the current manager of the SHAD Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she double majored in psychology and global studies and minored in Arabic studies. This past may she graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in public policy and a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies. Her research interest centers around the impact of early life and multi-generational stress on longterm health outcomes, with a special focus on refugee populations.


Jordan Linde

Laboratory Manager
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Vaidya)
401 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: jl2701@georgetown.edu

Jordan graduated from Colgate University in May 2020 with a major in Psychology. While at Colgate she completed her senior Honors thesis examining the bidirectional relationship between parenting and child self-regulatory processes. Jordan was involved in various clinical experiences in the local community, including working as an aid for a young child with Autism. She is interested in using brain imaging to better understand learning mechanisms in children with developmental disorders. Jordan plans to attend a doctoral program in clinical psychology and continue to work with pediatric populations.


Montana Ploe

Laboratory Manager
Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience (PI: Marsh)
304 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: mp1757@georgetown.edu

Montana graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020 with a degree in Psychology. Her most recent research experience includes working as a research assistant for the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab where she completed and defended an honors thesis focused on reward dysregulation and social connection in psychopathy. Her clinical experience includes working as a mental health technician at the Della Cava Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Boulder Community Health and as a crisis call advocate for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder, Colorado.


Grace Porter

Laboratory Manager
Laboratory for Relational Cognition (PI: Green)
305 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: gp548@georgetown.edu

Grace joined the lab in spring of 2020. She received her Bachelors of Arts at the University of North Carolina, where she majored in psychology and history, with a minor in French. Grace has previously conducted research evaluating the developmental trajectory of children diagnosed with neurogenetic disorders, as well the influence of cognitive interventions on memory and learning outcomes in school-aged children. Through her past experiences, Grace has gained an interest in the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of learning and behavior in children and adolescents, as well as factors that influence creativity and reasoning.