Murray-Close, Ph. D.
Department of Psychology
University of Vermont
2 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
Current Graduate Students
I am a first 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.
Current Undergraduate Students
I am currently a Senior majoring in psychology and this is my sixth semester working in the Social Development Lab. I am interested in Developmental and Biobehavioral Psychology and plan to write my thesis on the neurological overlap between physical pain and social pain processing. Following graduation, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
I am a Junior but this is my second year at UVM. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Holocaust Studies. This is my second 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 in the future.
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.
I am a fourth year Psychology and Spanish student. This is my second semester in the Social Development Lab. I currently work as a caregiver for dementia/Alzheimers patients at a nursing home in Shelburne, VT. My future pursuits include counseling and nursing.
I am currently a senior at the University of Vermont. I am a Psychology major and a History minor. Although I am unsure of what I will do after graduation, I know I want to work with children and adolescents. I am really excited to begin my first semester working in the Social Development lab!
I am currently a Junior majoring in Psychology. This is my fifth semester in the lab. I am interested in the behavioral aspect of Psychology, and what factors lead to criminal behavior later on in life. I plan on studying Psychology in graduate school, pursuing a Ph.D.
I am currently a fourth year student working toward a degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. This is my first semester in the social development lab and only my second semester at UVM. After graduation, I intend to get my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and hope to work closely with individuals who are experiencing gender or sexual identity issues.
I am a sophomore at UVM pursuing a Psychology major and Biology minor. This is my first semester in the lab, and I am working towards an Honors thesis. I am interested in the behavioral development of children, and post graduation, I plan to become a high school teacher.
I am currently a sophomore psychology major and nutrition and food sciences minor, and this is my first semester in the lab. I am interested in school counseling and I plan on pursuing an advanced degree after I graduate.
I am a sophomore studying Psychology and Studio Art and this is my first semester in the Social Development Lab. I am very interested in developmental psychology and in the future I hope to work with children.
I am currently a Junior Psychology major and Nutrition minor. This is my second semester in the lab. I am highly interested in mental illness and developmental disabilities, but also eating disorders. My plan as of now is to go for a master's degree in Occupational Therapy.
I am currently a sophomore, and this is my third 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.
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology with an English minor. This is my fifth semester in the Social Development Lab. I am interested in adolescent aggression and social development and my future pursuits hopefully include a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology.
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology with a Studio Art minor. This is my third semester in the lab, and I am excited to see where it takes me. After I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school to study Neuropsychology.
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont. I am a Psychology major with a plan to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. This is my first semester in the lab. I am interested in Psychology so that I can help people with their physical rehabilitation while also addressing their emotional and mental concerns.
Ashley St. John
I graduated in 2011 from Bucknell University and this is my second year in the lab. I majored in International Relations and became interested in Psychology during senior year. I have spent the last year and a half working as a Behavioral Interventionist and taking classes. I'm applying to Developmental Psychology programs this fall in the hopes of entering in the Fall of 2013. I'm interested in studying executive function and theory of mind in preschoolers.
I am a Junior majoring in psychology, and this is my third semester in the lab. During the summer, I worked in a school serving adolescents with dual-diagnoses, and I am excited to use that experience in my new role as assistant lab coordinator. While I haven't clearly defined my post-graduation plans yet, I plan to pursue an advanced degree that will permit close, one-on-one interaction with clients.
I graduated from University of Vermont in 2012, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Studio Art. This will be my third semester at the Social Development Lab. My interests include Social Psychology, art therapy, and LGBT population issues. I plan on pursuing an advanced degree to become a therapist or counselor.
I am currently a Junior majoring in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. This is my first semester working in the Social Development Lab. I am interested in development of aggression, and plan to pursue an advanced degree after graduation.
I am a current Junior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Development & Family Studies. This is my first semester in the Social Development Lab and I am looking forward to gaining hands-on lab experience. After graduation, I plan on pursuing an advanced degree in School Psychology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.