Current Graduate Students

Melody Altschuler (July 2019 – present)

Melody Altschuler is a first year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. She is interested in studying the neural and developmental processes that contribute to individual differences in social cognition and attention in both typical and atypical populations. She is also interested in understanding why individuals with autism spectrum disorder have such striking differences in their development. Prior to joining the ICD, Melody received her B.A. in psychology from Bates College, where she wrote her honors thesis in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital. She then spent two years at the Yale Child Study Center as a Sara S. Sparrow Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience.

Trevor Day (September 2019 – present)

Trevor Day is a graduate student in Development Psychology in the Institute of Child Development. He is interested in typical and atypical language acquisition, especially syntax and morphology, and neuroimaging. Prior to joining the ELAB, Trevor worked as a research scientist at the Integrated Brain Imaging Center at the University of Washington with Tara Madhyastha, studying Parkinson’s disease and implementing resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging pipelines. He received his BA in linguistics from the University of Washington in 2017, and did his bachelor’s honors thesis with Lee Osterhout.

Colleen Doyle (September 2014 – present)

 

Colleen Doyle is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. Her research interests focus on how experiences and environmental influences “get under the skin” and shape brain and behavioral development. Prior to joining ICD, Colleen worked for two years as a research assistant in Dr. Catherine Monk’s Developmental Psychobiology lab at Columbia University Medical Center. She received her BA from the University of Chicago in 2007.

Carolyn Lasch (June 2015 – present)

 

Carolyn Lasch is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. She is interested in the role of caregivers and family in the development of social attention and cognition. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the E-Lab as a project coordinator primarily focused on neuroimaging, behavioral, and eye-tracking assessments. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College in 2015.

Liz Sharer (July 2016 – present)

 

Elizabeth Sharer is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the Institute of Child Development. She is interested in exploring the neurodevelopment of social cognitive functions in typical and atypical populations. Prior to joining the ELAB, Elizabeth worked for two years as a research assistant at the Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research at Kennedy Krieger with Dr. Stewart Mostofky. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Yale University in 2013.

Robin Sifre (July 2016 – present)

 

Robin Sifre is a third year Ph.D. student in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. Robin is interested in studying how infants actively seek out information from and learn about the social world, and how these processes drive development. She is interested in combining neuroimaging and eye-tracking methods to answer questions about early social development. Prior to joining the ELAB, Robin received her B.S. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University. She then spent two years at Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center as a Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience, where she worked in the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab. During her time at Emory, she worked to establish longitudinal trajectories of preferential attention to social stimuli in infants from two to 24 months of age.

Isa Stallworthy (July 2017 – present)

Isa Stallworthy is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in her second-year in the Developmental Science Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development (ICD). She is interested in the early emergence of social engagement systems in both typical and atypical populations, particularly in the context of infant-caregiver interactions and developing biosocial self-regulatory abilities. She is also interested dynamic, non-linear approaches to examining brain and behavior early in life. Prior to joining ICD, she spent two years studying early social behavior and social visual engagement in infants with and without autism, as a Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience at Emory University’s Marcus Autism Center. She received her B.A. in neuroscience from Middlebury College in 2015.

Sally Stoyell (September 2020 – present)

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Sally Stoyell is a Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. She is interested in studying the structural and physiological processes behind infant memory and cognitive development in both typically and atypically developing populations. Prior to joining the ELAB, Sally received her BS from Cornell University where she did her undergraduate thesis in a lab looking at EEG and behavioral measures of infant memory as related to iron status. Most recently she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Chu Lab studying the brain processes and structure behind seizures and cognitive dysfunction in infantile and childhood epilepsies.