Undergraduate Students

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Students

Eden Comer

Major: Psychology

My name is Eden Comer, and I am a sophomore majoring in psychology. I have previously worked as a children’s music instructor and summer camp counselor and found that I really enjoy working with kids! I’m interested in emotional development in children, and my long-term career goal is to become a child psychologist. In my free time, I like to read, do yoga, and play guitar!

Claire Considine

Major: Psychology

Currently, I am a junior, working on my BS in Psychology with three certificates. I am on the UW Sailing Team and have been on the team since I transferred my sophomore year. I love to ski and run as well! This has been my first lab experience and I am very excited to continue with the lab until I graduate. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and open my own practice as a licensed therapist.

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Ananya Damodare

Major: Neurobiology

I am really curious about the interaction of seemingly inherent traits and the environment and how these factors shape individuals.  I am also interested in understanding the role of the brain in shaping behavior.

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Alex Henoch

Major: Psychology and Social Work

This is my first semester in the lab, and I’m super excited to be working here. I am really interested in the child emotion field. Although I’ve never experienced a lab setting before, it isn’t my first time working with kids. I’ve spent the past few summers working at a summer camp. It has really solidified my passion for helping others, especially children and adolescents. In my free time I like listening to music, watching movies, going to hockey games, and hanging out with friends.

Shuheng Jiang

Major: Psychology

I’m interested in how early adverse environment influences the brain development and how it interacts with nature to shape children into the adults they become. And I’m really curious about the field use of techniques in neurobiology like fMRI and EEG, and the analysis of the data output from these techniques.

Thekla Ketcher

Major: Psychology & Chinese

Most of my current interests are within criminal, child, and social psychology and I plan on attending graduate school to pursue one or a combination of these interests. My career goal is to work within government law enforcement as a Child Victims Specialist or working with minors who have been victims of crime. With experience in the Stereotyping and Bias Research lab and the Preventing Interpersonal Violence and Overcoming Trauma lab, I decided to work in a lab that specifically studies and works with children.

Weijia Liang

Major: Psychology & Human Development and Family Studies

I’m Weijia and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. I have a strong passion for research that helps to promote mental health, and I’m interested in emotional responses to adversities and early life stress. I’m planning to pursue a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology after graduation. In my free time, I like to do calligraphy, play the zither, do some oil painting and read books about Philosophy and aesthetics.

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Kinjal Mehta

Major: Psychology

I’ve always been interested in the mechanisms of the human brain and want to learn more about human behavior and emotions. I want to be able to use logic and reason to understand the core passions like love, hate, envy, fear, hope, and how these emotions are influenced by external and internal factors starting from infancy.

In my free time, you can find me curled up in a couch, reading a book or exploring the outdoors.

Shae ODay

Major: Psychology & Neurobiology

I am an undergraduate student in my senior year. I am a psychology and neurobiology major and am interested in how adverse experiences in childhood can cause epigenetic changes in the brain. In my time in the lab, I have worked on projects having to do with how linguistic labels can affect the way children process and categorize emotions. In the future, I plan to go back to school for a Master’s in Nursing and eventually become a pediatric nurse!

Mira Singh

Major: Psychology

I am excited to gain research experience and explore topics of child development with this lab. I hope to take what I have learned in my courses about typical and atypical development and apply those theories to the research I will be helping with in this lab. I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology with two certificates in Health and the Humanities, and Disability Rights and Services. Ultimately, my goal is to go to graduate school for either a master’s in Counseling Psychology or a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I do have previous experience with children; I currently teach taekwondo to kids in my hometown of Milwaukee, and this summer I will be a teacher to grade school children through the Center for Urban Learning.

In my free time when not running around campus, I love to read (particularly books on psychology, crime, or social justice), practice taekwondo (I am a third-degree black belt in ITF), or watch a good movie.

Alex Solberg

Major: Biology

I am a undergraduate student in my second year. I’m majoring in biology and getting a certificate in Scandinavian studies. I’m interested in learning about the body and also about how the mind impacts development of children. In the future I have aspiration of going to medical school and becoming a physician.

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Chloe Stevens

Major: Psychology and Biochemistry

I am eager to start my lab experience in the Child Emotion Lab.  Previously, I had been a dance instructor for young kids. I was fascinated by how they interacted with each other and the ways they learned dance moves. This lab allows me to explore these interests as well as others involving memories and emotions.

I plan on attending medical school to become a pediatrician and continue working with youth.  In addition to teaching dance, I am involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters to help mentor kids in the Madison area.  When I am not in the lab, you can find me making my way through coffee shops, dancing, and cooking.

Bingbin Xia

Major: Psychology and Landscape & Urban Studies

My name is Bingbin Xia, double majoring in Psychology and Landscape & Urban Studies. I’m interested in child emotional developments and psychopathology. I’m also interested in visual reasoning and people’s perception about their living environments.

Undergraduate Alumni

Elizabeth Ahlers

Sydnee Akubuiro

Julia Alexander

Rachel Alter

Kayley Anderson

Nick Ballweg

Olivia Bartell

Patrick Bauer

Michelle Block

Zach Bloomberg

Julian Bok

Bridget Brodlo

Trent Brunker

Chris Buckley

Cory Burghy

Maureen Butler

Daniel Byrd

Anisa Ciaciura

Aaron Cohn

Emma Collins

Gwyneth DeLap

Zoey Dlott

Elisa Donovan Walker

Taylor Dorlack

Abigail Durst

Erin Eatough

Katie Ebinger

Anneliese Elmer

Sarah Fieweger

Rachel Filipiak

Danielle Fogelson

Tanzea Freeman

Ashley Frykland

Adriana Gonzalez

Selin Gok

Andrew Goodman

Andy Gostisha

Alex Graf

Anna Grassley

Zhihan Guo

Courtney Heim

Jessica Jenness

Finola Kane-Grade

Abhipsa Kar

Xinjie Lu

Erin Long

Mallory Madden

Anita Mantha

Justin Martin

Dana May

Carolyn Meissner

Mike Messner

John Millerhagen

Felix Mireles

Emily Mischel

Robyn Offenbach

Susan Perlman

Kira Peterson

Rista Plate

Sarah Pluck

Rachel Posener

Ashley Prosocki

Stephanie Reiter

Rachel Reynders

Alex Rokni

Ron Rosenberg

Ashley Roy

Amber Schemmel

Katherine Schnettle

Jenna Seiler

Craig Selinger

Smile Shi

Mark Siegel

Abbie Silverstein

Sarah Skinner

Heather Steele

Sara Steinberg

Stacey Sukoff

Yue Sun

Joanna Swinarska

Maria Szalkowski

Judy Tan

Michaela Topitzes

Sonya Troller-Renfree

Teresa Turco

Shira Vardi

Aimee Von Arx

Natalie Walker

Emily Weiss

Cassandra Windau

Alison Wismer

Allison Wojnar

Kristina Wolosek

Nanxi Xu

Brennan Young

Kaitlyn Young

Jaclyn Zavoral