People

Lab Director

Charisse Pickron, PhD

Dr. Pickron earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst Ma., after having earned her M.S. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Ma., in 2008. Her research program examines the ways in which social experiences shape how infants perceive and represent people in their environment. During her graduate training under the advisement of Dr. Lisa Scott, she used electrophysiological and eye-tracking measures to explore infants’ face perception. During her dissertation research with Dr. Erik Cheries, she trained in several behavioral measures including infant looking, reaching, and crawling to examine socio-moral judgements and conceptual representations that infants have about people in their environment. In particular her work examines the way early experiences shape the perceptions and representations of people that vary along race and gender. Her work as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow examined attentional processes sensitive to facial expressions using electrophysiological measures (EEG/ERPs) as well as eye tracking. Her goal is to actively work with families of diverse backgrounds to build a collaborative bridge between communities in the Minneapolis area and her work in child development. She also has a 15lb cat named Jackie Chan and one of her favorite books is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault. 


Graduate Students

Erika DeAngelis

Erika is a fourth-year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. She is broadly interested in social cognitive development. More specifically, she studies how children understand and use testimony to learn from others. She is also interested in the development of children’s social biases and prejudice. She grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Amherst College in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks and kayaking in the summer.

Norwood Glaspie

Norwood is a second-year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. His interest encompasses topics such as Cognitive Development, Social Cognition, and Early Learning in children. Specifically, the role language and perception plays in children’s understanding of bias  social categories. Norwood is from North Carolina, where he received his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2018. In his free time he likes to watch sports games (i.e. basketball, football, and boxing) and going to the gym. His favorite children’s book growing up was Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.

Jinyi Zhang

Jinyi is a second-year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. She is broadly interested in children’s social cognitive development, especially how children make decisions for themselves and other people. Jinyi graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking, karaoke and outdoor activities with her family. 


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Quynh Nhu Dao

Quynh studied developmental psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include racial/ethnic identity, academic achievement, and educational policies. She hopes to obtain a PhD in educational policy and improve the achievement gap within the community. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks with her dog, Roxie. Quynh’s favorite children’s book is “The Rainbow Fish.”

Megan Millis

My name is Megan Millis, and I’m currently a junior studying Developmental Psychology with minors in Health Psychology and Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings at the University of Minnesota. After completing my undergraduate degree I hope to earn my master’s degree in School Psychology and work as a school psychologist. Maybe after some time working in the school system I will return to earn my Ph.D. in either Educational Psychology or School Psychology. In my free time I love going to the Recreation and Wellness Center, watching movies, and baking! My favorite book as a child was, The Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson.

Isabelle Temesgen

My name is Isabelle Temesgen, and I am currently a senior studying neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I plan to work towards a PhD in neuroscience or a related field of study and practice creative writing. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, singing, and dancing. My favorite children’s book is “The Wild Swans.”

Salma Tahlil

My name is Salma Tahlil and I’m a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Developmental Psychology with a minor in Health Services Management. After graduating, I plan to get some experience working in different Child Development fields before going back to school to get my masters in Child Development. A fun fact about me is that I have had a name change three times throughout my life. My favorite book growing up was a Somali classic called Dhegdheer which translates to “long ear.” It is a scary Somali folktale all of our parents read to us and it has always been my favorite. 

Lamee Ibrahim-Waday

Lamee is a sophomore studying human resource development and planning to double major with management information systems or information systems.  I’ve done two years of PSEO which is why I’ll be able to do so and still graduate on time. After graduating I would like to secure a job working for a huge firm. A fun fact about me is I was born in New York and moving here gave me a chance to be ahead of my class. I enjoy playing basketball or working out in my free time. My favorite book as a child was dork diaries.


Alumni of the CBP Lab

Jessalyn Dvorak

Jess majored in developmental psychology with a minor in social justice at the University of Minnesota. I plan on earning my PhD to conduct further research in developmental psychology. A fun fact about me is that I am ambidextrous. My hobbies include hiking, playing my instruments, travelling, and watching movies. My favorite children’s books when I was younger were the Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish.

Mercedes Sherwood

My name is Mercedes Sherwood and I am a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in developmental psychology with a minor in family social science. After graduating, I plan on getting my masters in something related to counseling to become a therapist for children and eventually later on obtaining my PhD. In my free time, I like to practice Yoga, exercise, take walks, paint, and cuddle my cat! My favorite children’s books are the Pigeon series written by Mo Willems.