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Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Child Learning and Development Lab 
 
 
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Andrew Floersheimer
Thesis Student
Andrew is a senior psychology major. He is conducting his thesis research on the impact of children's individual differences on their selective trust. He has worked as a research assistant in the Peer Relationships Lab at Amherst College and spends his time on campus serving as president of the Random Acts of Kindness club and occasionally working on various theater projects. Through either research or practice (or a combination of both), he hopes to have a career helping people with psychiatric disorders. 
 
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Katie Crum
Research Assistant
Katie is a junior from Danvers, Massachusetts double-majoring in psychology and math. She is a member of the Psychology Club at Amherst and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare with a focus on developmental disorders. Aside from academics, she is a member of the Amherst College Women's Cross Country and Track and Field teams. 
 
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Madison Forde
Research Assistant
Madison is a senior from Brooklyn, New York. She is a psychology major on the pre-med track and intends on pursuing a career in psychiartry, specifically adolescent psychiatry. Madison has interned as a Lead Counselor at the Child Mind Institute's Summer Treatment Program for children with ADHD, ODD, Autism, and OCD. Outside of the lab, Madison is a Pre-Health Peer Mentor at Amherst College.
 
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Grace Haase
Research Assistant
Grace is a junior from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She loves to work with children and is interested in pursuing a career in either pediatric occupational therapy or clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, she is a member of the Amherst College Track & Field team. 
 
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Eline Laurent
Research Assistant
Eline is a sophomore from Concord, Massachusetts. She intends to major in neuroscience, with a focus on psychology. She plans to pursue a career in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychology research. This past summer, she interned at Boston Children's Hospital's Gaab Lab, where she participated in various research projects focused on children diagnosed with, or at risk for, language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Outside of the lab, Eline is a member of the Amherst College Cross Country and Track and Field teams. 
 
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Julia Ruggiero
Research Assistant
Julia is a junior from Mount Kisco, New York. She is a psychology and math double major. She plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology and is particularly interseted in developmental and abnormal psychology. Outside of the lab, is a member of the Amherst College Women's Swim Team. 
 
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Heather Scott
Research Assistant
Heather is a junior from Tremont, Illinois. She is a psychology and english double major, and is interested in pursuing a career in social work with a focus on supporting children. She interned last summer with a non-profit, working with at-risk children living in a family shelter. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and exploring new places. 
 
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Jenna Wyman
Research Assistant
Jenna is a junior from Chicago, Illinois. She is a psychology and French double major and she intends to pursue a career in developmental psychology. She spent last summer as an intern at The Ounce of Prevention Fund, a Chicago-based non-for-profit that aims to provide pre-school education for children from low socio-economic communities. When she isn't in the lab, Jenna is a member of the Amherst College Improv Group and works as a barista at a local coffee shop in town. 
 
Previous Thesis Students
Nia Harris, 2014; Rachel Tannenbaum, 2015; Marissa Fierro, 2016; Ashleigh Rutherford, 2016; Danielle Griffin, 2018; Krista Goebel, 2018; Erika DeAngelis, 2019; Rebecca Jordan, 2019. 
 
Previous Research Assistants
Aubrie Campbell, 2014; Madeleine Lobrano, 2015; Gabriella Selover, 2017; Donna Kim, 2016; Kramer Peterson, 2017; Andrew Altizer, 2018; Gina Pagan, 2018; Anna Vuong, 2018; DivineAsia Miller, 2019; Denise Noriega, 2019; Lauren Reppert, 2019; Kristen Riley, 2019; Gabby Rose, 2019; Christina Lee, 2020; Lauren Simpson, 2021.