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 third 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 second 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 Senior at the University of Vermont and I am working toward receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. It is my second semester in the lab and I am interested in applying to graduate school for a research program in the field of Developmental Psychology. I would like to specifically conduct cross-cultural research on relational aggression and how this behavior affects physical, psychological, and academic performance.

Tegan Coley
I am currently a senior and this will be my third semester in the Social Development lab! I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. After Graduation, I plan to take a gap year, and later attend further schooling to obtain an advanced degree in psychology. Career wise, I hope do work with children and adolescents as a therapist.

Allison Hardy
This will be my junior year at UVM and my second semester working in the lab. I'm excited to be spending another semester learning more about research and peer relationships in adolescents.  

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. 

Allison Keen
I am currently a sophomore with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. This is my first semester in the Social Development Lab at UVM and I am very excited for the incredible learning opportunity and hands-on lab experience. My future plans involve graduate school where I'd like to study clinical psychology. I aspire to become a therapist and I hope to work with children and adolescents.   

Danielle Kicza
I am currently a junior at UVM working towards a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in political science. This is my second semester in the lab. At this point in my college career, I am thinking that I would like to become a Clinical Psychologist who works with children and adolescents. My interests in psychology include mental health de-stigmatization and education, as well as development and abnormal behavior.   

Megan Kurmin
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Nutrition and Food Sciences, and I am the Project Coordinator for the SDL. This is my 5th and final semester in the lab, and next year I plan to pursue a full-time lab coordinator position and eventually working towards receiving a doctorate degree.

Lizzie Leonard
I am currently a sophomore at UVM working towards a B.S. in Psychology. This is my first semester in the lab and I am very excited to learn more about research! My interests in psychology include child development and stress management and I plan to go on to graduate school and further continue my education in psychology.

Sarah Luke
I am currently a junior working towards a B.S. in psychology and minoring in sociology. This is my first semester in the Social Development Lab and I am interested in learning more about child development. After I graduate from UVM I hope to attend grad school and study clinical psychology.

Mel McManus
I am currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. This is my third and final semester in the Social Development Lab. I hope to study clinical psychology after I graduate.

Annie Mientka
I am a senior Psychological Sciences major and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies minor. This is my third semester in the Social Development Lab. After school I hope to get my counseling degree.

Hayley Pomerantz
I am a Junior psychology major working towards a B.S. and this is my second semester in the lab. I am very interested in working with children and adolescence and I want to peruse a career in developmental psychology. After I graduate I plan to go to graduate school to receive an advanced degree in psychology to further my education and gain experience in the field.   

 

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.