Postbaccalaureate Researchers

Allison Dai. Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business in Supply Chain Operations and Management from the University of Minnesota in 2020. Her future plan is to gain more research experience and obtain a Ph.D. in developmental or clinical psychology. Her research interests include dynamic interactions between parenting, personality neuroscience as well as understanding psychopathology using neuroimaging

Erin Gallert, BS. Erin is the Lead Research Assistant for the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In addition to her position with the ABCD Study, Erin works with Dr. Sylia Wilson’s Children of Twin Study recruiting participants, running MRIs, and assisting data projects. She is interested in researching the development of externalizing psychopathology in adolescence and its consequences for adult mental health and psychological adjustment. 

Samantha Gardow, BA. Samantha is a post baccalaureate Research Assistant in the Fam CAN lab. 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. She has spent the last year as a research assistant in the Fam CAN lab. In addition to working with Dr. Sylia Wilson, Samantha works with Dr. Megan Gunnar. Her current research interests include 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

Felix Pichardo, BA. Felix is a Neurohealth Technician at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research where he works on collecting biological samples, EEG, and MRI data. He also helps to process EEG and MRI data for analysis. He completed his undergraduate at the State University of New York at Purchase College. His research interests include data science applications for psychological research, cognitive development, moral reasoning, neural systems, and the resilience of these systems to drug and alcohol abuse.