People

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


Anthony Dein is a senior 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. 

 

 

 

Anthony presented some of  his research at the North Carolina Cognition Conference, and his poster won third place!  He also gave a talk about his Bachelor’s Essay research at SARD.  After graduation, he hopes to earn a law degree. Outside of the lab, Dein is an avid tennis player.

 

 

 

Celia Whisman is a senior at the College of Charleston, and is completing her B.S. in psychology. She is currently working to complete a research study on neurodiversity in the workplace. After graduation, Celia plans to attend a graduate school for a degree in psychology.  Celia presented a poster at the 2019 North Carolina Cognition conference, and presented her Bachelor’s Essay research project at SARD.
Outside of the lab, Celia is a member of the College of Charleston Quidditch team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Schultz is junior psychology major at the College of Charleston, and is working with Anthony Dein and Dr. May to understand how the experience a person has during the diagnosis of a serious medical condition affects later outcomes for that person and his/her family. Emma’s broader interests lie in law enforcement and criminal investigation. Outside of the lab, Emma works for the College of Charleston REACH program.
Check out the poster she presented at SARD.

 

 

 

Holly Fleiscmann is a senior at the College of Charleston. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in crime, law, and society. Her work in Dr. May’s lab is focused primarily on our flashbulb memory project, but she has also assisted with projects on curiosity and neurodiversity. In addition to her work in Dr. May’s lab, Holly also completed a research project through the Bremen, Germany Independent Study program at the College of Charleston. Outside of the lab, she serves as an intern for a forensic psychiatrist at MUSC, and enjoys traveling to exotic new places. Her favorite stops thus far include Europe, SE Asia, Australia, and Africa. After graduation she plans to continue working as a researcher and plans to earn her PhD in cognitive psychology. Check out the poster she presented at SARD.

 

Sarah Kingsley is a junior psychology major at the College of Charleston. She has assisted with multiple projects in Dr. May’s lab, including a project examining neurodiversity in the workplace and a study on flashbulb memories. She plans to travel to Cambodia and Vietname this summer to complete another independent study project as well. Sarah’s primary goal is to develop ways to provide effective support for people with disabilities. As a person with ADHD, Sarah understands some of the challenges associated with learning differences, and hopes to support positive outcomes for others.
Sarah co-authored a research presentation at SARD.

 

 

 

Ashley Lane is a junior in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Ashley is part of the team examining the long-term consequences of flashbulb memories. She is also a Charleston 40 tour guide, and philanthropy chairwoman of Phi Mu. Ashley has traveled extensively in Spain and South East Asia, and hopes to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy after graduation.
Ashley recently presented some of her research at SARD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 worked as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Life and is now applying to graduate programs in social work.

 

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.

 

 

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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.