Undergraduate Research Assistants

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.

Molly Cutler

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Molly is a junior majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences and minoring in Spanish. Outside of the lab, she dances with kids as a part of the Cerebral Palsy Sports Rehabilitation program and is involved with Dance Marathon. Additionally, she has been doing gymnastics since the age of 3.

Alex O'Neal

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alex is a rising sophomore from St. Louis majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences. She is working in the lab as a research assistant, helping with scheduling, coding, and other activities around the lab. Alex is excited to work under Lab Manager Alexandra Katsarelis and Principal Investigator Lori Markson on a study that examines the effects of diversity in books on children.

Olivia Dewitt

Summer Research Assistant
Olivia is a rising senior at Saint Louis University majoring in Psychology. As a research assistant in the Cognition & Development Lab, she helps run experiments, schedule participants, and code date. Olivia hopes to attend graduate school in the future to study clinical child psychology.

Ariel Miller

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ariel is a rising junior majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a minor in Children’s Studies. She is working in the lab as a research assistant, helping with scheduling and running participants, coding, and more. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue developmental or clinical psychology.

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Summer Research Assistant
Brandon Reinkensmeyer is a rising junior at the University of Rochester, double majoring in Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. This summer he is working as a research assistant in the Cognition & Development Lab, running participants, coding videos, performing data analyses, and more. In the future, he wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on cognitive neuroscience. With this, he hopes to develop a further understanding on how we develop our moral reasoning and behaviors, especially those that contribute toward social discrimination.

Meghana Kunam

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Meghana is a sophomore majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a minor in Children's Studies. She is a research assistant for the Optimism Study, which looks at optimism as a cognitive bias in children. In the future she hopes to attend medical school for neonatology.

Lizzi Williams

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lizzi Williams is a sophomore from Alabama majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is assisting with experiments that study how children perceive social groups. She hopes to attend graduate school to learn more about child development.

Monica Lu

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Monica is a sophomore majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences and minoring in Biology. She currently works as a research assistant under Laura Hennefield on the Optimism Study. Outside the lab, she tutors elementary school students through Each One Teach One. In the future, Monica hopes to continue her studies in education and/or developmental psychology.

Ishan Satwah

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ishan is a junior majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and has been working in the Cognition and Development lab since the fall of his sophomore year. In the lab, Ishan currently works on the Optimism Study and has worked on some studies related to human exclusion as well. Outside of lab, he choreographs for a Bollywood Fusion dance team on campus and cooks meals for underprivileged communities as a member of Campus Kitchen.

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