Carrie Palmquist Portrait
Carrie Palmquist
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Child Learning and Development Lab

Marissa Fierro
Thesis Student
Marissa, a member of the class of 2016, is a Psychology major working on her senior honors thesis. She has volunteered at Woodside Children’s Center since her first year at the college, and this spurred her interest in child development. She hopes to pursue a career in child clinical psychology or developmental psychology. Outside of working as an RA and volunteering at Woodside, Marissa is a barista at Frost Cafe and a Resident Counselor for Hitchcock Dormitory.
Ashleigh Rutherford
Ashleigh Rutherford
Thesis Student
Ashleigh Rutherford is from Katonah, New York and is a member of the Amherst College class of 2016. She is a Psychology and English double major whose interest in developmental psychology was solidified over the past two years, working with children at a Domestic Violence Shelter back home. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Developmental or Clinical Psychology. Outside of the lab, Ashleigh is a member of the Amherst College Softball Team, the Mental Health and Wellness Committee, and Amherst's Wellness Team.
Donna Kim                                                                
Research Assistant                                                          
Donna is a senior Psychology and French double major from Long Island, NY. She had her first experience as a summer research assistant in the West Interpersonal Perception Lab at NYU before joining the CLAD Lab. As an underclassman, she discovered her interest in child development through her volunteer work at Girls Inc. and at Camp Ramapo, a summer camp for children with Autism spectrum disorder. Donna hopes to get her masters in Occupational Therapy so that she can continue to help children and adults with special needs. Outside of the lab, Donna volunteers with an OT at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst and looks for adventure in local restaurants and farmer’s markets.
Erika DeAngelis                                                                
Research Assistant                                                                  
Erika is a freshman from Rochester, NY. She first became interested in developmental psychology when she began working in the Baby Lab at the University of Rochester throughout high school. She plans on majoring in Psychology at Amherst, with the ultimate intention of pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology. In addition to working in the CLAD Lab, Erika works as a research assistant in the Infant Cognition Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. 
Rebecca Jordan                                                            
Research Assistant                                                            
Rebecca is a freshman from  Rye, NY. Prior to working in the CLAD Lab, she volunteered as a full-time assistant teacher for learning disabled children with English as a second language. Rebecca won the American Psychological Association's 2014 Competition for High School Psychology Students with her research paper, "Childhood Obesity: Turning a Risk Factor into a Solution". Rebecca hopes to major in Psychology and ultimately pursue at PhD in Developmental or Clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, Rebecca takes yoga classes and is a member of the Amherst Political Union. 
Gina Pagan                                                                                              
Research Assistant                                                                          
Gina is a sophomore Psychology and Economics double major from Berkeley, CA. Her interest in developmental psychology began through her work as a mathematics and English tutor for elementary school children, and further developed in her time as a volunteer for Project Great Outdoors. Gina hopes to pursue a PhD in Behavioral Economics or Gender Studies. Outside of the lab, she is a member of the Amherst College Softball team and a publisher for the Amherst Student.
Previous Thesis Students
Nia Harris, 2014; Rachel Tannenbaum, 2015
Previous Research Assistants
Aubrie Campbell, 2014; Madeleine Lobrano, 2015; Gabriella Selover, 2017