Lab Members

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Lab Director


Jonathan Beier, Ph.D.    [CV]

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Here at UMD, I'm a member of the Child Studies Consortium, the Field Committee in Developmental Science, and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. I also help to organize the Cognitive Science Colloquium. Prior to arriving at UMD, I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and completed my postdoctoral work in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.



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Lab Manager


Suzanne Woller  

I graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, I was a research assistant in the LESC and primarily worked on one project that examined children's interpretations of social reputations, and another that examined how children’s social behavior adjusts in response to the social status of other people. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school to study either clinical psychology or medicine. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the lab or Dr. Jonathan Beier's research interests.

"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Looking for Alaska by John Green



Graduate Student


Amanda Woodward  

I am a current graduate student in the psychology program at the University of Maryland. I received my B.S. in Biology/Psychology from Loyola University in 2014. Before entering the Lab for Early Social Cognition, I was a research assistant in the Yassa Learning and Memory Lab as well as a research assistant in Dr. Didonato’s Self and Social Relationships Lab.

“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” - Roald Dahl



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Current Undergraduate RAs


Madi Bryant

Class: 2021
Major: Psychology
Activities: Maryland Images Campus Tour Guide, Sigma Kappa Sorority
Favorite Animal: Elephant




Irene Cruz-Umana

Class: 2020
Majors: Letters and Sciences
Activities:
Favorite Animal: Puppies




Cayla Cwerner

Class: 2020
Major: Psychology, Minors in Spanish and Public Leadership
Activities: Terp Thon Ambassador, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Favorite Animal: Sloth




Sydney Forman

Class: 2021
Majors: Biology and Psychology, Pre-Med Track
Activities: College Park Scholars Life Sciences Program, Images Campus Tour Guide
Favorite Animal: Turtle




Umniya Gabbani

Class: 2019
Major: Psychology
Activities: Psi Chi
"Take a breath and let the rest come easy" -All Time Low




Kate Hedges

Class: 2019
Major: Family Science, Minor in Human Development
Activities: Tau Beta Sigma, Mighty Sound of Maryland Color Guard Alumni
Favorite Animal: Hedgehog



Lauren Kinzie

Class: 2018
Majors: Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice
Activities: The Mighty Sound of Maryland Clarinet Section, Tau Beta Sigma, Honors College Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, SEE Funding Board
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us" -Gandalf



Sarah Knoll

Class: 2021
Major: Psychology
Activities: Maryland Wishes (Treasurer)
"I hate it when I'm weak. But being weak means I have the potential to become strong." - Yuzuru Hanyu




Megan McClure

Class: 2020
Major: Psychology, Pre-Med Track
Activities: Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority
"We are not fearless, we just have dreams bigger than our fears" -Camila Cabello




Tara McCurry

Class: 2018
Major: Psychology, LGBT Studies Certificate (Minor in Neuroscience)
Activities: Mortar Board Honors Society, Lavender Leadership Honors Society, Tau Sigma Transfer Honors Society
"The desire to be taken seriously is precisely what compels people to follow the tried and true paths of knowledge production around which I would like to map a few detours." - Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure



Rachel McGinnis

Class: 2019
Major: Psychology, Minor in Human Development
Activities: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Psi Chi, National Society of Leadership and Success
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" -Albus Dumbledore




Clara Reich

Class: 2021
Major: Microbiology
Activities: Sigma Kappa Sorority
Favorite Animal: Jellyfish




Min Hee Song

Class: 2020
Major: Psychology
Activities: Community Assistant, College Park Scholars, Student Dental Advisory Board, American Medical Student Association
Favorite Animal: Doggos and Puppers all the way!



Cameron Price

Class: 2019
Major: Psychology, Minor in History
Activities: Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
"One day at a time" -Anonymous




Jonas Ventimiglia

Class: 2019
Major: Psychology
Activities: UMD Club Volleyball
Favorite Animal: Walrus




Maddie Wasko

Class: 2019
Major: Psychology
Activities: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Athletic Department's Assistant of Operations, Facilities, and Events
"Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity" -Anonymous





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Colaborators at UMD

Jude Cassidy, Professor, Department of Psychology

Elizabeth Redcay, Professor, Department of Psychology

Lucas Butler, Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Melanie Killen, Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Alexa Romberg, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Peter Carruthers, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Bonnie Brett, Graduate Student, Department of Psychology

Jacqueline Gross, Graduate Student, Department of Psychology

Michael Rizzo, Graduate Student, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Evan Westra, Graduate Student, Department of Philosophy


Collaborators beyond UMD

Kristen Dunfield, Concordia University

Kristin Shutts, University of Wisconsin

Valerie Kuhlmeier, Queen's University

Malinda Carpenter, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Harriet Over, University of York

Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology



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Lab Alumni


Former Graduate Students
Mehrnoosh Ahmadi
Brandon Terrizzi
Former Lab Managers
Class of 2014
Dana Breakstone
Private Industry
Emma
Emma Larson
Lousiana State University,
Doctoral Program in School Psychology
Noor
Noor Qasmieh:
University of Maryland College Park,
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Noor
Shirley Duong
University of Pittsburgh,
Doctoral Program in Cognitive Psychology
Former UMD RAs

Class of 2015

Evelyn Xu

Class of 2016

Morgan Cohen

Class of 2014

Abby Kaye Phillips

Class of 2014

Julie Klaber

Class of 2015

Casey Trimpin

Class of 2015

Tyler Kellerman

Class of 2014

Kelly MacDougal

Class of 2015

Mike McGovern

Class of 2014

LaRae Morris

Class of 2016

Susan Roberts

Class of 2015

Jody Herron

Class of 2013

Louis Marti

Class of 2015

Dan Eckler

Class of 2017

Ladeja Robinson

Class of 2016

Mayumi Rezwan

Class of 2015

Olivia Meadowcroft

Class of 2015

Kim Greenberg

Class of 2015

Sara Schankerman

Class of 2015

Chris Cole

Class of 2016

Clare Bailey

Class of 2016

Hannah Griffith

Class of 2015

Caitlyn Miehle

Class of 2015

Jenna Sheldon

Class of 2019

Priya Shukla

Class of 2015

Hallie Burkhard

Class of 2016

Rebecca Ellsworth

Class of 2017

Selina Williams

Class of 2017

Alyssa Irgang

Class of 2017

Jessica Yingling

Class of 2016

Kaitlin McDermott

Class of 2015

Cori Gold

Class of 2016

Sam Lipsky

Class of 2017

Jorelle Casumbal

Class of 2017

Rebecca Pereira

Class of 2017

Ellen Levine

Class of 2017

Iris Zou

Class of 2017

Rachel Blain

Class of 2017

Nicole Rodriguez

Class of 2017

Elisabeth Trunnell

Class of 2017

Sabine Huber

Class of 2015

Shivani Raina

Class of 2015

Hannah Vanbuiten

Class of 2019

Danayt Alem

Class of 2018

Jose Lima-Rosas

Class of 2018

Nora Pelaez

Class of 2020

Maya Pasternak

Class of 2020

Elana Israel

Class of 2015

Desiree Catalan

Class of 2018

Cole Dougherty

Class of 2018

Fatou Gaye

Class of 2018

Anusha Kallakuri

Class of 2019

Julia Leung

Class of 2019

Jacob Penrod

Class of 2015

Carianne Powers

Class of 2018

Lindsay Stenzel

Class of 2018

Daniela Weinsweig

Class of 2019

Alec Fields

Class of 2019

Isaac Betaharon


Former Interns
Class of 2014
Shonise Flowers:
Howard University
Montgomery Blair
Kara Watkins-Chow:
Montgomery Blair HS
Class of 2016
Carmen Brown:
NC State

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