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Principal investigator
jessica Jessica Sommerville is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director for the Foundations for Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Competence at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2002. For more information about her research interests, please click here.

Graduate Students
kayla Kayla Upshaw is a graduate student in developmental psychology. She graduated in the fall of 2008 from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in using psychophysiological methods to study cognitive development, in particular EEG.
jungeun Arianne Eason is a first-year graduate student. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Yale University in 2012. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social and developmental psychology, more specifically understanding how children process subtle environmental information related to race and interracial interactions. She is also working with Dr. Cheryl Kaiser in the Social/Personality area.

Lab Manager
monica Miranda Sitch graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology in June 2013. She plans to attend graduate school in developmental psychology. Her research interests include social-emotional development and early theory of mind.

Research assistants
chrissy Chrissy (Dayeon) Cho is a sophomore at UW and currently a B.S psychology major. She is interested in autism especially in children.
Shiyue Zheng is a Chinese international student at UW, working towards a B.S. in Psychology. She is considering going to graduate school and now is figuring out which field of psychology interests her the most.
Lucy Dong is a sophomore at the University of Washington, working towards a B.S. in Psychology. She is particularly interested in developmental psychology and health psychology. In the future she hopes to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in clinical psychology and become a psychologist.
Lauren Redman is a senior working to earn a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in early childhood & family studies. She is interested in studying early childhood development and how it affects learning later in life. She hopes to attend graduate school to earn her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Young Kim is an undergraduate at the University of Washington working towards his B.S. in Psychology. He is exploring with multiple fields of psychology to decide what field best suits him. In the future, he plans to attend graduate school for his Ph.D.
Germaine Aleena Ancheta is an undergraduate junior working toward a major in both Psychology and Early Childhood and Family Studies and a minor in Diversity. She is interested in working with children either doing research or therapy. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school and become a psychologist.
Roya Baharloo is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington planning on majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. She enjoys a wide range of topics within the field of cognitive psychology, particularly topics involving language, cultural differences in perception, and twin studies.
Andrea Castino is currently a senior at UW, graduating after winter quarter with a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in developmental and cognitive psychology and plans to attend graduate school in the future.
Yodit Gaim has a BA in psychology from Eastern Washington University. She loves children and hopes to go to graduate school in either developmental or child psychology, though her interests also lie in social and abnormal psychology.
Umelo Ugwoaba is a senior at the University of Washington working toward a B.S. in psychology. He plans to attend graduate school, and is currently applying for Peace Corps and would like to work in the Youth and Development area if accepted as a volunteer. He is interested in Developmental and Sports Psychology.
Vania Kosasih is a recent graduate from the UW with a B.A. in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue psychology and business.
Trent DesChamps

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