Former Lab Members

Fall 2020

Samantha Gardow, BA. Samantha is a post baccalaureate Research Assistant in the Gunnar and Thomas labs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2020. Her current research interests include attachment and the underlying mechanisms linking in utero experiences to fetal development and later life outcomes, as well as potential pathways of risk and resilience. Samantha plans to pursue a PhD in Developmental or Clinical Child Psychology.

Mallory Olsen. Mallory is a Fall 2020 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology. She hopes to attend graduate school and obtain a PsyD in developmental psychology. Her research interests include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the etiology of psychopathology. 

Paige Raymond. Paige is Fall 2020 Graduate. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Family Social Science. Her research interests include psychopathology and its environmental and genetic components, as well as the interaction between mental illness and addiction. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school and become a school psychologist.

Addison Cavender. Addie is a sophomore studying Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include child development within the education system as well as the general development of psychopathology. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career advocating for students everywhere through advancements in Educational Neuroscience research. 

Spring 2020

Nikki Tsakonas. Nikki graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as minors in Neuroscience and Philosophy. During her time as an undergraduate, she had many meaningful research experiences including her UROP project titled “Effect of ADHD Courses and Onset on Brain Outcomes” and her senior project titled “Autobiographical Memory Specificity as a Predictor of Social Problem-Solving Ability Throughout Development” She is currently working in the Gunnar Lab at the University of Minnesota assisting with research on stress in children. She hopes to enroll in a PhD program in the near future to further her studies. 

Maddie Belrose. Maddie graduated in May of 2020. Maddie is applying for PhD programs in Clinical Psychology and working at an international medical device company. She is also still involved in research on campus and always looking for more opportunities! 

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