Our

Team

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?

Meg Pierce

I received my B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies from Skidmore College, where I was the lab manager for the Early Learning Lab. My current research interests surround early language acquisition and the psychology of gender. Outside of research, you can find me spending time with my cat, reading (ask me about my current favorites!), or scoping out a new coffee shop.

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.

Lauren Smith

Graduate Student | l7smith@ucsd.edu

My research examines the emergence of visual and motor behaviors related to joint attention in infants with a familial history of autism.

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.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Jenny Yue

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

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!

Naomi Batarse

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology, and am very passionate about advocating the importance of mental health. Aside from academics, I enjoy painting, hiking, and spending time with friends and family!

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!

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!

Marissa Garcia

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Business. After graduating, I plan on attending medical school to become a pediatrician. I am interested in how a child’s environment, social interactions and upbringing affects their development. Outside of school, I enjoy playing field hockey, trying out new recipes, and taking my dog to the beach!

Jamie Park

I'm a third-year undergraduate majoring in Clinical Psychology. I'm passionate about learning more about social and emotional development in children! Aside from academics, I enjoy writing stories, listening to music, and going on arbitrary adventures!

Julia Serrano

Hello! My name is Julia Serrano and I am a 2nd year UCSD student in ERC majoring in Clinical Psychology and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I am passionate about helping others, especially through grief and family/social relationships. I hope to maybe be a family counselor or therapist for teens. Aside from that, my hobbies are baking desserts, watching rom coms, and dancing!

Sophie Mazor

Hi! My name is Sophie and I'm a third-year student at UCSD majoring in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience. I'm primarily interested in how neural mechanisms contribute to causal reasoning and social judgements. After graduation, I plan to further my experience in developmental research and pursue a PhD. In my free time, I love to dance, go to the beach, travel, and spend time with friends.

Ana Correa-avila-robb

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in clinical psychology. I am passionate about child development and learning more about treating clinical disorders specifically in infants and adolescents. Aside from academics my interests include reading (pretty much anything), cooking, trying new hobbies, traveling and exploring new places.

Jonathan Shlesinger

Hi! I'm a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a specialization in developmental psychology. I am passionate about childhood development and how children learn to navigate the social world. In my free time, I love to run, play tennis, cook, and have my friends teach me how to surf!

Cayla Regas

I am a third-year undergraduate psychology major in Warren College. I have experience caring for children of all ages and hope to spend the rest of my career working in child psychology and early childhood education. In my free time I love to read, play music, and spend time at the beach!

Nico Navarro

I am a Second Year undergraduate student majoring in Clinical Psychology and minoring in Global Health. I am interested in childhood psychological development, especially how children perceive various activities, people and cultures. Outside of school, I like reading, getting lost in San Diego, binging tv shows and spending time with my friends.

Hannah Meza

Hi! My name is Hannah Meza, and I am a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. I am passionate to learn about differences in neurodiverse and neurotypical children’s social development. In the future, I hope to help others discover their full potential through psychotherapy. Outside of research, I enjoy being outdoors, journaling, discovering new coffee shops, and spending time with my cat!

SoCal Lab Socials!

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Alumni

Post-Docs

Madison Pesowski - now an assistant professor at the University of the Fraser Valley


Lab Coordinators

Paloma Iñiguez (2020-2022) - now a PhD student in developmental psychology at UC Merced


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

Sian E. Lee - Spelman College

Victoria Fawcette - California State University, Northridge


Undergraduate Research Assistants

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

Michelle Posada - B.S. in Clinical Psychology

Carmen Blum - B.A. in Psychology

Anushka Bajaj - B.A. in Psychology

Alisa Phung - B.A. in Psychology

Michael Lin - B.S. in Psychology (expected Spring 2024)

Michelle Vu - B.S. in Human Biology

Isabel Herrera - B.A. in Psychology

Angie Gross - B.A. in Psychology (expected Spring 2023)

Khanh Nguyen - B.S. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience