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Former Lab and CPPR Members

Else-Marie Augusti

  Else-Marie Augusti

Graduate Student
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I conduct research related to memory development. The projects I have been working on investigate children as young as four years of age, and these children's memory for stressful events. I also do research with adolescents and young adults investigating how previous life experiences may affect memory.

 

Sarah Bakanosky

  Sarah Bakanosky

Lab Manager 2010-2011
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Mayte Frias

  Mayte Frias

Researcher
PhD
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  Dannika Barnett

Administrative Assistant
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Ivan Vargas Roncancio

  Ivan Vargas Roncancio

Center for Public Policy Research Staff
Abogado, M.A., National University of Colombia
Phone:530-297-4446
Email:
Curriculum Vitæ...

 

Stephanie Block

  Stephanie Block

Graduate Student
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Paola Castelli

  Paola Castelli

Graduate Student
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Dr. Castelli can also be reached at pcastelli@johncabot.edu.

My research focus on two main areas of study: Memory Development and Psychology and Law. Specifically, I am interested in investigating the basic memory mechanisms underlying the formation and rejection of false memories and their developmental trajectory. I am also interested in examining both the memorial and non-memorial factors that may hinder children's accuracy and credibility as witnesses. I am currently working as Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

 

Sandra Ruiz

  Sandra Ruiz

Center for Public Policy Research Staff
B.A.
Phone:530-297-4441
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Sandra Ruiz was a Junior Specialist for the Center for Public Policy Research. She was working as a staff member for the Spanish Learning Experiences.  Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento in Psychology.  Her past work was in the field of applied behavior analysis. Sandra has four years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder where she helped develop behavior intervention plans, administered discrete trial training, and assisted in data collection.  Sandra has also been trained on forward, backward chaining and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System).

 

Dr. Yoojin Chae

  Dr. Yoojin Chae

Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Curriculum Vitæ...

I am a developmental psychologist interested in memory development and children's testimonial competence. My research focuses on cognitive and psychosocial factors related to memory/suggestibility, children's testimony about abuse-related events, and the effects of trauma on memory accuracy and psychopathology. I have also conducted research on cross- cultural differences in autobiographical memory.

 

Iliana Santellan

  Iliana Santellan

Junior Specialist
B.A.
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Iliana Santellan graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with a B.S. in Human Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She started to work at the Center for Public Policy Research as an undergraduate in 2012.  Iliana was also a Research Assistant for Carolyn Sutter (graduate student) where she coded videos using the Qualitative Rating Scales provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Throughout her undergraduate career, Iliana worked in various positions to aid children, such as serving as a tutor, teachers assistant, and as a Child Life Intern at the UC Davis Medical Center. Iliana plans to apply to MSW programs. She plans to pursue a career where she can help better the lives of children.

 

  LaTonya Harris

Graduate Student
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I am interested in the influence of traumatization and stress on children's cognitive development including memory, executive functions, and problem solving, especially as these shed light on children's learning, mental health, and longitudinal outcomes.

Dr. Harris can be reached at latonya.harris@unc.edu

 

Annie Kalomiris

  Annie Kalomiris

Junior Specialist, 2012 - 2013
B.A.
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Prior to joining the Developmental Research Center, Annie was the lab manager for the Social Neuroscience and Affective Processes Lab where she investigated the impact of different emotions on judgment, decision making, and physiological processes. She also assisted with research for the Autism Phenome Project at the Center for Mind and Brain. Currently she is applying to clinical psychology doctoral programs and hopes to investigate the efficacy of potential treatments for children and adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders.

 

Rakel Larson

  Rakel Larson

Graduate Student
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Emilie Mitchell

  Emilie Mitchell

Assistant Professor at American River College
Ph.D., UC Davis
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I am currently Assistant Professor at American River College teaching Human Sexuality and Research Methods. I am a social-personality psychologist interested in the intersection between psychology and the law. My current research focuses on adolescents who are physically violent toward their parents. Utilizing a longitudinal data set, I am modeling the behaviors that predict this type of family violence. In addition to this research, I have also conducted studies on perceptions of self, the effect of abuse on autobiographical memories, and representation afforded to children in the dependency system.

 

Rachel Narr

  Rachel Narr

Lab Manager, 2011 - 2013
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Rachel Narr is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on adolescent psychopathology and close relationships at the University of Virginia. Previously, she was a lab manager in the Developmental Research Center. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2011. While working at UC Davis, she assisted on the National Youth in Transition Database project, the Spanish-Language Learning Experiences Project, several graduate student projects, and an evaluation of a group foster home in California.

 

Jeremy Newton

  Jeremy Newton

Graduate Student
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Dr. Newton's research interests include memory processes, childhood trauma, PTSD, and the legal system. He also studies interrogation and false confession. The research is designed to have both implications in psychological theory and applicability to public policy dealing with child abuse, trauma, and suspect and victim interviews in legal settings. Finally, he also has a general interest in cognitive psychology, child development, student Motivation, and drug and alcohol use among particular age groups.

For Dr. Newton's most current CV, please visit http://faculty.txwes.edu/jnewton/academicvitae.htm

 

Christin Ogle

  Christin Ogle

Graduate Student
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Curriculum Vitæ...

Dr. Ogle can also be reached at christin.ogle@duke.edu.

 

Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

  Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Curriculum Vitæ...

I am a post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. Gail Goodman. I have also been collaborating with the Dr. Bunge and Dr. Ghetti on a developmental neuroimaging study focusing on true and false recognition. I am currently heading up a new study examining the ability to control which information is encoded into long-term memory.

 

  Karena Schmitendorf

Phone:530-752-5294
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Daisy Segovia

  Daisy Segovia

Research Analyst I
B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis 2007
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Daisy A. Segovia is currently a forensic psychology doctoral candidate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-- City University of New York. Her research interests include accuracy and credibility of children's testimony, suggestibility, deception, and memory for traumatic events.

 

Natalie Troxel

  Natalie Troxel

Graduate Student
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My research interests focus on juveniles' involvement in the legal system, both as victims/witnesses and as suspects/offenders. My current research examines jurors' perceptions of juvenile sex offenders. I am also interested in child welfare, foster care, childhood health care, and public policy.