Lindsey Powell

Principal Investigator | ljpowell@ucsd.edu

I study the early development of social cognition and motivation. How do infants and young children understand others' minds, interactions, and relationships? What motivates them to attend to and engage with social partners? How do we develop the abilities to cooperate, communicate, and learn from each other in just the first few years of life?

Alexis Smith-Flores

Graduate Student | alexis-smith@ucsd.edu

My research investigates the intersection of socio-emotional development and cognition. Specifically, how does children’s understanding of others’ emotions, and evaluation of social interactions, shape their representations of objects and other agents.

Bill Pepe

Graduate Student | wpepe@ucsd.edu

My research examines how children identify people as being affiliated and/or belonging to a group, as well as the resultant attitudes and beliefs they express regarding affiliated dyads, and in/out-group members.

Madison Pesowski

My research investigates how children use objects’ physical features and non obvious properties to reason about people’s actions, emotions, and preferences.

Paloma Iñiguez

I received a B.A. in Psychology from UC Riverside, where I worked as a research assistant for the Childhood Cognition Lab. My own research interests have focused on language use and language patterns of minority communities as well as young children's causal learning.


Isabel Herrera

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego working on my B.S. in Psychology and minor in Biology. I am passionate about cognitive and developmental psychology, especially in the physical and emotional interaction through behaviors. Apart from education, I enjoy dance and walks by the beach.

Khanh Nguyen

I am a third-year undergraduate majoring in cognitive psychology and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. I am passionate about how the brain supports complex social and cognitive behaviors. Outside of research, I enjoy writing and playing the violin.

Jenny Yue

I’m a third-year undergraduate double majoring in developmental psychology and neurobiology. I’m passionate about how child develop and how their brain is changing in general. Outside of research, I really enjoy spending time with my cats and going to movies!

Michael Lin

I'm a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology interested in how human development is affected by interactions with others and the environment. I am also interested in cooking, gaming, watching tv shows/movies, and going to the beach and aquarium!

Elysia Kim

I’m a second year undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology. I am passionate about how children develop and their social interactions and behaviors. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching marvel movies, hiking, and spending time with my dog!

Alisa Phung

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Psychology with a specialization in Human Health and minoring in Human Development Science. I am interested in how an individual's culture and environment influences their general and social development. Outside of academics, I enjoy cooking, being active, and taking long walks on scenic paths!

Deisy Martinez

I am a fourth-year undergraduate double majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. Development psychology research is a strong passion of mine and I intend to start graduate school Fall 2023. I am interested in exploring the relationship between motor and cognitive development, specifically looking into how one can enhance a child’s environment to optimize their cognitive development and thus gain school readiness. Aside from academia, other of my interests include visiting anthropology museums, going on road trips, going on runs (preferably by the beach) and tutoring elementary school children!

Gabe Bonamy

I'm a third-year undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology and minoring in biology. I'm passionate about all things psychology but my favorite subject to learn about is dissociative identity disorder. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, gaming, watching TV shows, skating, and hanging out with friends!

Michelle Posada

I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology and minoring in law and society. I am passionate about understanding how a person’s life stages, early development, and environment influence their behavior. Outside of research, I enjoy playing soccer, cooking, and hanging out with my dogs!

Michelle Vu

I am a fourth year undergraduate Human Biology student with a minor in Psychology. I am passionate about learning more of the human body and the mechanisms involved to sustain, nurture, and develop it. Academics aside, I enjoy taking long road trips, finding new hiking trails, and exploring new hobbies!

Yasmine Lopez

I'm a third-year undergraduate majoring in clinical psychology with a minor in business. I'm passionate about how children's relationships and interactions affect their development. Outside of research, I really enjoy painting and going on adventures!

Angie Gross

I am a third-year transfer student majoring in Psychology, specifically interested in social development especially in regard to factors like self-esteem. Outside of school, I like to read, collect houseplants, hike, and do yoga!

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STARS Summer Interns

Jazlyn Armendariz - California State University, Northridge

Natalie Gevoglanian - California State University, Northridge

Joanna Ramirez - California State University, Northridge

Kelsea Jackson - Spelman College

Mi'Anjel Jack - Xavier University of Louisiana

UCSD Undergraduates

Juliana Gutierrez - B.A. in Psychology

Justine Wang - B.S. in Psychology

Anne Abney- B.A. in Social Psychology

Haley Amin - B.A. in Psychology

Carmen Blum - B.A. in Psychology