Research Staff

Olivia Blanchfield

Laboratory Manager
Early Learning Project (PI: Barr)
413 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: oab7@georgetown.edu

Olivia graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 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.


Emily Dyke

Research Coordinator
Laboratory for Relational Cognition (PI: Green)
305 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: ed768@georgetown.edu

Emily joined the lab in the summer of 2018. She received her bachelor of arts at the University of Michigan, where she studied Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is primarily interested in neuroimaging techniques that explore cognitive development in children and adolescents. Her past research areas include substance abuse and addiction and risk and development in children. 


Anita Grabowska

Research Manager
Math Brain Lab (PI: Lyons)
402 White-Gravenor Hall
Email: ag2006@georgetown.edu

Anita attended the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Cognitive Science in 2017 and a Master’s degree (M.Ed) in Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science in 2018. Anita joined the Math Brain Lab as the lab manager in August 2019. Her research interests include an array of topics in educational, social, and community psychology. Her previous work has focused on teen dating violence prevention, positive youth development, and natural mentoring relationships.


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.