My Team

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

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Juliana Wallace is an undergraduate student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston, and is currently completing her degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience.  After graduation she plans to pursue a graduate degree, possible in Forensic Psychology.  Juliana worked with Dr. May to complete a research study aimed at improving improve prospective memory in younger and older adults.  That work was supported by a MAYS grant from URCA at the College of Charleston. Juliana is now preparing for her Bachelor’s Essay, and in that project she will evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness on stress and cognitive functioning. Outside the lab, Juliana serves on the Honors Student Association, works as a volunteer photographer for Pet Helpers, and was selected for the MedEx program through the Greenville Health System.

Juliana presenting at the SARD Conference….

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Sierra Debrow is an undergraduate student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in psychology with a minor in English. Her work has been 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.  Sierra is also the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Student Union, a staff writer for The Rival, and a Resident Assistant. Last year she 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.

 

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Katie Johnson is an undergraduate student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston, and is completing her B.S. degree in psychology with a minor in biology. Katie is currently working on a research project that aims to understand curiosity across the lifespan. Katie received funding for this work through both a MAYS grant and a SURF grant from URCA at the College of Charleston.  Katie recently completed a study examining prospective memory, or memory for tasks to be performed in the future (like remembering to take medication). She also collaborated on a project aimed at evaluating implicit biases towards people with intellectual disabilities and how media can influence these biases. Katie has presented her work at the annual Student Awards and Research Day (SARD) conference at the College of Charleston as well as the and the Carolinas Psychology Conference. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

 

Erica Horack is an undergraduate student at the College of Charleston, and is currently completing her B.S. degree in psychology. Erica has previously researched animal behavior using operant ABA renewal with Dr. Widholm, and is currently working with Dr. May to develop an understanding of human curiosity over a lifespan. Erica has also interned at the National Crime and Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. After graduation she plans to pursue graduate work in the field of experimental psychology.

 

 

 

 

Recent Graduates

Alice Blake earned a B.S. degree in Psychology, with a minor in History. She graduated from the Honors College at DSC_0308College of Charleston in May of 2016. During her undergraduate years, Alice was involved in several different labs and worked with Dr. May 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.

 

 

Rebecca Sydow earned B.A. degrees in both history and psychology, ScreenHunter_367 Nov. 05 09.27and graduated in December of 2015.  Rebecca was a student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston, and she worked with Dr. May 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.