Undergraduate Researchers

Lauren Doescher. Lauren is a Junior at the University of Minnesota from Madison, Wisconsin. She’s pursuing both a BA in Developmental Psychology and a BS in Early Childhood Education with a minor in History. After graduation, Lauren hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology and pursue a career as a child psychologist.  Her research interests include understanding the effects of trauma on the developing brain as well as psychopathology in children.

Lauren Hagert. Lauren is a senior from Sharpsburg, Georgia pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and will graduate Spring 2021. She is really passionate about diversifying research and the role trauma has in childhood outcomes. Post graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for counseling and work in a school as a behavioral therapist.

Lucie Han. Lucie is a junior pursuing her Developmental Psychology BA at the University of Minnesota. Her personal research interests include the development and prevention of body dysmorphia/eating disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. She hopes to pursue a career in mental health research and clinical care. 

Mehrnaz Mirhosseini. Mehrnaz is a junior at the University of Minnesota from Palo Alto, California. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Music and Neuroscience and will graduate in Spring 2021. Her research interests include psychopathology, specifically the role environment and genetics have on developing mental disorders. She hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology following graduation.

Brinley Montour. Brinley is a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and minoring in Leadership. After graduation, she is hoping to attend graduate school to become a clinical psychologist focusing on a patient-care environment. Her research interests include both the genetic and environmental effects on mental illness, specifically Substance Use Disorder (SUD’s) and how that affects offspring.

Pengmai Qiu. Pengmai is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Psychology. Her research interests include psychopathology of children, especially how early childhood experiences have impacts on it. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and to become a clinical psychologist. 

Kasey Stack. Kasey is a senior at the University of Minnesota working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Neuroscience minor. She hopes to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in psychology and go on to work as a neuropsychologist in a children’s hospital. Her research interests include the interplay of genetic and environmental causes behind cognitive disorders, such as depression, as well as addiction and its bidirectional relationship with mental illness. 

Claire Swain. Claire is a junior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Her research interests include psychopathology and mental illness, as well as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their effects on child development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in School Psychology.

Katie Taterka. Katie is a senior at the University of Minnesota finishing a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology and minoring in statistics and developmental psychology. She plans to begin a graduate program after earning her bachelor’s  to complete a master’s in counseling psychology. Her personal research interests include attachment disorders, specifically reactive attachment disorder. 

Anabelle Vo. Anabelle is a junior at the University of Minnesota working towards her Developmental Psychology BA with a minor in Art. She will graduate in the spring of 2022. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a pediatric occupational therapist. Her research interests include sensory processing and the development of eating disorders.