Undergraduate Research Assistants

Taylor Bird McGuire

Postgraduate Research Assistant & Lab Manager
Taylor Bird McGuire is a 2017 Washington University in St. Louis graduate who majored in Psychological Brain Sciences and minored in French and Design. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and since graduating has moved to Toulouse, France as an english teaching assistant. Taylor has continued her work in the lab throughout the summer of 2017 and 2018, focusing on how learned biases influence the ways children interact with the world around.

Sahara Ensley

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sahara Ensley is a Junior majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Computer Science. In the lab she is an RA on the Optimism Study as well as studies looking at learning in children. Outside of the lab she runs on the WashU Cross Country and Track and Field Team. In the future she hopes to attend graduate school for clinical child psychology or clinical neuropsychology.

Keaira Clancy

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Keaira is a junior from Springfield, Missouri. She is majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences as well as minoring in Medical Humanities and Biology. Outside of class, Keaira serves on the executive boards for both Delta Gamma Fraternity and Sisters of Color. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school in pursuit of becoming a Pediatrician. 

Danielle Abrams

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Danielle is a junior, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and minoring in Anthropology. She is working under Dr. Marrus to develop and run a study looking at social motivation in children with ASD. Outside of the lab she is involved in various clubs, teaching and mentoring children in St. Louis public schools. In the future she hopes to attend medical school, focusing on pediatrics.

Lauren Dandridge

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lauren is a senior at Wash U, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology with a minor in Children's Studies. She is a research assistant working with Dr. Laura Hennefield on her Optimism Study. In the lab, she helps recruit participants, run studies, and code collected data. Her interest in cognitive and emotional development stems from her experiences with children from diverse backgrounds.

Nitori Henderson

Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant
Nitori Henderson is a rising sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Human Development (Pre-Med). In the lab, she works with Dr. Laura Hennefield with the optimism studies. For the remainder of her undergraduate career, she hopes to do research on the development of children, particularly African American children with low socioeconomic backgrounds. In the future, she plans to become a Pediatric Psychiatrist or Neurologist.

Olivia Quinn

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Olivia is a sophomore majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading to kids in the St. Louis area as a member of Out of the Blue. Olivia is excited to gain a greater understanding of developmental psychology through her work in the lab as a research assistant.

Mackenzie Hines-Wilson

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Mackenzie is a rising sophomore majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology on the Cognitive Neuroscience track and she is working in the lab as a research assistant. She is interested in studying cognitive development in children and how it may differ among racial groups. Prior to coming to Dr. Markson’s lab, she assisted in another psychology lab on WashU’s campus that studied implicit biases. Outside the lab, she enjoys being the Director of Services for the Congress of the South 40.

Tochi Onyeador

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Tochi is a Junior majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences. In his free time, he likes to ride his bike, read comics, and play video games. Upon graduation, Tochi hopes to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology.

Nasreen Moursi

Postgraduate Research Assistant
Nasreen is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She helps run experiments, as well as enter and organize data. Her interests lie in clinical child psychology and she hopes to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. She has worked in other psychology and psychiatry labs with Washington University in St. Louis, but is very excited to be with Dr. Markson's lab working directly with children.