Social Development Laboratory

Lab Members

Director

Annie Murray-Close, Ph. D.
Department of Psychology
University of Vermont
2 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
dmurrayc@uvm.edu

Current Graduate Students

Nicole Lafko

I am a second year student in the Clinical Psychology graduate program with a concentration in Developmental Psychopathology. I am interested in how social factors (e.g., aggression, victimization) contribute to the development of internalizing problems (e.g., eating disorders, depression). Most recently, I have begun research exploring how one’s physical reactions (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure) to stressful situations may lead to differential outcomes, such as engagement in prosocial behavior and aggression.

 

Leigh Ann Holterman

I am a first year graduate student in the General/Experimental program with concentrations in Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology. I am interested in understanding the social and physiological factors that contribute to different outcomes in the peer relationships of school-age children. Currently, my research focuses on how physical reactions, like blood pressure and respiratory sinus arrhythmia, to stressful interpersonal situations may influence differential outcomes, such as using either prosocial or aggressive behavior with peers. Eventually, I hope to use this research to help develop intervention and prevention programs that teach children how to use prosocial behavior in place of physically and relationally aggressive tactics in peer relationships. Leigh Ann was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! For details, see http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18226&category=uvmhome.

Previous Graduate Students

Current Undergraduate Students

Stephanie Burrows
I am currently a Junior at UVM working toward a B.S in Psychology with a minor in Statistics. This will be my first semester in the lab. I know that I want to go into the research field of psychology and I'm interested in studying peer rejection and its various effects on children and adolescents.

Tali Burger
I am currently a Senior but this is my third year at UVM. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Holocaust Studies. This is my fifth semester in the lab and even though I am unsure about my specific direction with Psychology, I know that I want to work with children and adolescents in the future.

Tegan Coley (study abroad Spring 2014)
I am currently a sophomore here at UVM. I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Thus far in my college career I have taken interest in Developmental Psychology. I plan to go to graduate school to study psychology further. I am not completely sure what I plan to do as a career in the future but I know that I am interested in working with children and adolescents.

Allison Hardy
I am currently a sophomore Psychology major, and this is my first semester in the Social Development Lab.  No concrete plans for the future quite yet, just excited to learn more about developmental psychology and lab research.

Caley Holden
I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and Sexuality & Gender Identity Studies. This is my fourth semester in the lab. I plan on pursuing a Master's in Social Work with the goal of one day becoming a clinical therapist. 

Danielle Kicza
I am a sophomore psychology major and political science minor. This is my first semester in the lab. I plan to pursue some kind of advanced degree in psychology after I graduate. My interests in psychology currently include development and the de-stigmatization of mental health.  

Chelsea Krisanda
I graduated from UVM in May 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology. I am in the process of applying to medical school and currently work as a residential counselor for mentally ill adults at HowardCenter. I plan on pursuing an M.D. as well as a M.P.H in order to promote community-wide health initiatives in underserved populations.   

Megan Kurmin
I am currently a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences and Sociology. I am an Assistant Project Coordinator on one of the projects and this is my 4rd semester in the lab. I plan to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work after graduating, and hope to work as a counselor in a therapeutic setting

Annie Maheux (study abroad Spring 2014)
I am a junior majoring in Psychology and this is my third semester in the SDL. In the spring of 2014 I plan to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark studying positive psychology.  During the 2014-2015 academic year I will be writing a thesis on the role of self-compassion in reducing heightened stress reactivity in college students. My interests in psychology include wellness and disorder prevention, as well as development and education.

Mel McManus
I am currently a Junior psychology major and English minor and this is my second semester in the lab. I am very interested in Developmental Psychology. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work.

Annie Mientka
I am a junior Psychology major and Women's and Gender Studies minor. This is my second semester in the lab, and I hope to be a therapist or continue to contribute to research in my future career.

Hayley Pomerantz
I am currently a sophomore here at UVM and this will be my first semester working in the lab. I am a psychology major and working towards a B.S. I am very interested in working with children and adolescence and after I graduate I plan to go to graduate school to further pursue a career in psychology.  

Bianca Rizzio (study abroad Spring 2014)
I am currently a junior, and this is my fourth semester in the lab.  Pursing Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies has shaped my interests in development and aggression, and in the future I hope to pursue an advanced degree such as nursing, a doctorate, or social work.

Allie Sullivan
I am a Senior anticipating a B.S. in psychology, and this is my fifth semester in the lab. This semester, I am working on my Honors thesis exploring the relationship between social status goals, stress reactivity, and depressive symptoms in pre-adolescents, using data from our current project, the Peer Relationships Interview. Next year, I plan to pursue a full-time lab coordinator position in a major city.

Tristan Sullivan-Wilson
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science. This is my third semester working in the Social Development Lab. I am interested in the development of aggression and other maladaptive behaviors. After graduation, I hope to work in public policy affecting underrepresented groups.

Michelle Wolanski
I am a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Religion. This is my third semester in the Social Development Lab and I am excited to continue gaining hands-on lab experience. After graduation, I plan on pursuing an advanced degree in School Psychology.

 

Previous Undergraduate Students

Honors Students

2013-2014

Alexandra Sullivan
My thesis explores the relationship between social status goals, stress reactivity, and depressive symptoms in pre-adolescents, using data from our current project, the Peer Relationships Interview. I was awarded several competitive grants to complete independent research while at UVM, including a UVM Summer Research Award and a UVM Summer APLE Award.

 

2012-2013

Kate Bailey
In the spring of 2013, Kate graduated from UVM with honors in psychology. Kate's honors thesis focused on how men and women respond to social and academic stressors. Kate is interested in Developmental and Biobehavioral Psychology and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

2011-2012

Nicole Lakfo
In the spring of 2012, Nicole graduated from UVM with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. In the summer of 2011, Nicole was awarded a UVM Summer Intern Award to examine the association between distinct forms and functions of aggression and internalizing problems. In addition, Nicole completed an Honor's Thesis in the area of relational aggression and disordered eating symptomatology. Nicole was awarded the Forgays Outstanding Senior Award by the UVM Psychology department for the quality of her outstanding work. Nicole is now a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at UVM.

Elyse Ogletree
In the spring of 2012, Elyse graduated from UVM with a psychology major. Elyse completed an independent research project for her Honor's Thesis examining the role of sibling aggression in the development of relational forms of aggression during emerging adulthood.

 

2010-2011

Annie Brady
In the spring of 2011, Annie graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance. In the summer of 2010, Annie was awarded a Summer Intern Award to conduct original research examining the association between relational aggression and narcissistic traits. In addition, she completed an Honor's Thesis on this topic and was awarded the John Dewey Award from the UVM Psychology Department for her outstanding research. Annie hopes to continue her studies at graduate school, where she plans to study School Psychology.

Christina Moore
In the spring of 2011, Christina graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology with a Dance minor.  Christina worked in the Social Development lab for over two years, and conducted her Honor's Thesis in the lab examining how teacher preferences may buffer at-risk children from rejection by peers. Christina was awarded a Jeffords Scholarship to conduct her independent research, and was awarded the George W. Albee Award from the UVM Psychology Department for her outstanding research. Christina hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis on developmental psychology.

Erika Weisz
In the spring of 2011, Erika graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology. Erika conducted her Honor's Thesis in the lab examining whether popularity buffered relationally aggressive girls from internalizing symptoms. In 2011, Erika was awarded the Donald G. Forgays Outstanding Senior Award from the UVM Psychology Department.

 

Annie Brady and Christina Moore were profiled by the Psychology department for their research in the Social Development Lab.