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 fourth year student in the Developmental Psychology graduate program with a specialization 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 third year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology  graduate program with a specialization in the area of 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

Allison Hardy
Currently, I am a senior working towards my B.S. in Psychology. This is my third semester in the lab. After I graduate, I am interested in continuing on my studies, possibly pursuing counseling for children and young adults.  

Danielle Kicza
I am currently a senior at UVM working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in political science and this is my fourth semester in the lab. After I graduate, I would like to further my education by getting a Master’s of Social Work. I would like to work with under-served populations such as veterans or minorities.  

Abby Lawson
My first love is psychology. I enjoy each aspect of the subject and can't wait to learn more year by year, and see where my career takes me. In the future I hope to help shed light on the social stigmas that accompany mental illness treatment, by educating the public. 

Lizzie Leonard
I am currently a junior at UVM working towards a B.S. in Psychology. This is my third semester in the lab and I am very excited to continue expanding my knowledge 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.

Hayley Pomerantz
I am a senior psychology major working towards a B.S. and this is my fourth 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 work as a research coordinator and eventually go to graduate school to receive a PhD in developmental psychology.

Rachel Webb
I am currently a sophomore working towards a B.S. in psychology with a minor in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. This is my first semester in the Social Development Lab. After graduating from UVM I plan on going to graduate school for a PhD in clinical psychology, and eventually working as a therapist with children and adolescents.

 

 

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.