JULIE STAPLES-WATSON

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a BA in Psychology. I have managed service-learning programs, program evaluation projects and I was the Project Manager for the Lumeng Miller Lab at the University of Michigan's Center for Human Growth and Development prior to coming to the University of Maryland. Currently, I am the Project Manager for the planning phase of an exciting new study that will build upon the work of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project by examining the effects of institutionalization on brain and behavioral development in countries with different levels of resources in different regions of the world. 

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JESSICA JONES

I graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology. After graduation I took some time away from academia to obtain other world experience. In 2016 I joined the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Research Assistant working on the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. I really enjoyed the cognitive development component of my work, and sought the next step in my career. I am currently the Laboratory Manager and Program Project Coordinator in the Child Development Lab here at the University of Maryland.

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GABRIELA SUAREZ

I graduated from Williams College in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining the lab, I completed a year long honors thesis project investigating the biological mechanisms that are associated with toxic stress and early adversity and that lead to the development of chronic diseases and poor lifespan health. I am currently a faculty research assistant working on the Mirror Neuron System project, which hopes to expand current research involving the development of fundamental social-cognitive abilities. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

 

SABINE HUBER

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 with a BS in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. During my time as an undergraduate at UMD, I worked in the Lab for Early Social Cognition, conducting an early theory of mind study, and also worked on an fMRI study in the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab. Currently, I am a faculty research assistant working on the Temperament Over Time study. In the future, I hope to enter a clinical psychology Ph.D. graduate program and develop more effective and inclusive diagnostic tools for autism.

 

KEARA MILLER

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a BS in Psychology, and minors in Neuroscience and Spanish. As an undergraduate, I worked in the Maryland ADHD Program, assisting with multiple treatment development studies for children and adolescents, and for Project LEARN, a study examining differences in executive function and language-related skills among children learning English as a second language and native English speakers. I am currently a faculty research assistant working on the Temperament Over Time Study. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

 

SANJANA RAVI

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a BS in Psychology and BA in Early Childhood and Family Studies. As an undergraduate, I worked as a clinical research assistant in a child clinical psychology lab evaluating the effectiveness of adding an emotion coaching component to a standard behavioral parent training program for children with low prosocial emotions. I also worked as an honors research assistant at a developmental psychology lab investigating young children’s motivations behind their prosocial behavior. My honors thesis examined whether experiencing pleasure from social interactions, a factor of individual difference, is associated with young children’s prosocial behavior tendencies. I am currently a faculty research assistant working on the Origins of Infant Temperament study. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.