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. 


JAMIE LISTOKIN

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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.


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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 parent training program for children with low prosocial emotions. 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.


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STEPHANIE LEACH

I graduated from North Dakota State University in 2018 with a BS in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Zoology. As an undergraduate I worked in a cognitive neuroscience lab and a psycholinguistics lab. I also completed an honors thesis investigating how adults use acoustic information to resolve ambiguity in fluent speech. I am currently a faculty research assistant working on the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) project. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology.


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ABBY BRUSTAD

I graduated from Williams College in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and Public Health. As an undergraduate, I worked as a research assistant in the Early Experience & Physiology Laboratory assisting on projects studying aspects of infant and child social and emotional development. My honors thesis examined the longitudinal outcomes of a nurture intervention program in the neonatal intensive care unit, looking at how emotional connection and intervention status interact to predict outcomes at child age four. I am currently a faculty research assistant working on the Temperament Over Time Study, as well as the Functions and Development of the Mirror Neuron System Study. In the future, I hope to attend medical school to pursue a career in obstetrics or pediatrics.


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MAYA BRACY

I graduated from Williams College in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a concentration in Africana Studies. As an undergraduate, I worked in an early childhood cognition lab and an early experience and physiology lab. My honors thesis examined the efficacy of a nurture-based intervention delivered in a low-income housing community for mothers and at-risk children. 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 Applied Developmental Psychology.