Here are the undergraduates currently working with me in my lab (and some recent graduates).



Anthony Dein is an undergraduate student at the College of Charleston and is completing his B.S. in psychology. Dein began working on a project aimed at understanding the conditions under which humans are curious. He is now completing his Bachelor’s Essay on a project examining the long-term consequences of flashbulb memories. After graduation, he hopes to earn a law degree. Outside of the lab, Dein is an avid tennis player.



Celia Whisman is an undergraduate student at the College of Charleston, and is completing her B.S. in psychology. After graduation, Celia plans to attend a graduate school for a degree in psychology. She is currently working with me to complete a research study on neurodiversity in the workplace. Outside of the lab, Celia is a member of the College of Charleston Quidditch team.





Recent Graduates

Juliana Wallace earned a B.S. in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. She graduated fromthe Honors College in 2018, and then moved to Destin, Florida with her husband. Juliana is currently working in a neurobehavioral clinic, assisting with assessments, therapy, and behavior modifcation techniques. She plans to attend a PhD program in clinical psychology in the Fall of 2019 . 

As an undergraduate, Juliana worked on several projects, including a study understanding prospective memory processes in younger and older adults.  That work was supported by a MAYS grant from URCA at the College of Charleston.

Juliana also completed an intensive exploration of mindfulness on stress and anxiety, as well as a study exploring curiosity over the lifespan. Juliana received an additional MAYS grant to support that work. Outside the lab, Juliana served on the Honors Student Association, worked as a volunteer photographer for Pet Helpers, and was selected for the MedEx program through the Greenville Health System.

Sierra Debrow earned a B.S. in psychology with a minor in English. She graduated from the Honors College in 2017 and is now an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Life.  Her research at the College was aimed at developing a measure of implicit bias towards people with developmental delays and intellectual disabilities, and she used that measure to evaluate the impact of media exposure on disability bias in young adults. She presented that work at the Carolinas Psychology Conference.

While at CofC, Sierra was also the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Student Union, a staff writer for The Rival, and a Resident Assistant. She also  completed an intern at the Lowcountry Autism Foundation at the Medical University of South Carolina.  After graduation, Sierra will be working as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Life.


Erica Horack completed her B.S. in psychology in 2017. As an undergraduate, Erica completed a study in the animal behavior lab using operant APA renewal with Dr. John Widholm, as well as a study in curiosity and aging with me. She also interned at the National Crime and Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently working as a data analyst and plans to attend graduate school in I/O psychology.





Alice Blake earned a B.S. degree in Psychology, with a minor in History. She graduated from the Honors College at College of Charleston in May of 2016. During her undergraduate years, Alice was involved in several different labs and worked with me to research emotion and memory for her Independent Study and Bachelor’s Essay. In the Fall of 2015 she was awarded a MAYS grant for her research.  While at the College, Alice also interned at Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. Alice was accepted into the graduate program at UNC and is working towards her MSW.



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Rebecca Sydow earned B.A. degrees in both history and psychology,and graduated in December of 2015.  Rebecca was a student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston, and she worked with me on a collaborative Teaching Mentorship.  As part of that mentorship, she researched and applied cognitive principles to her teaching methods.  She is now earning her Masters in Teaching at the University of South Carolina.  After completing her studies, she hopes to teach the social sciences at the secondary level.