Research assistants in the Cognitive Aging Lab are responsible for scheduling participants, administering and scoring cognitive tests, and entering data in spreadsheets.


Summer 2018 Research Assistants

Amber Curran

Amber Curran is a third year from Ashburn, Virginia majoring in Biology and Psychology. She enjoys volunteering with Madison House, College Mentors for a Kids, and at the UVA Hospital. She hopes to apply to PA school after graduation to become a pediatrician. Some of her favorite things include coffee, Cookout, and online shopping.



Ashley Youssef

Ashley Youssef is a fourth year from northern Virginia. She is majoring in biology and minoring in religious studies. She hopes to pursue graduate school in health care, whether that be nursing or medicine. She is a small group leader in InterVarsity Christian fellowship on grounds and volunteers at Martha Jefferson Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. In her free time, Ashley loves playing spikeball with friends, hiking, relaxing in coffeeshops, and running.



Caitlin Dozier

Caitlin Dozier is a rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is double majoring in Psychology and Biology, and is particularly interested in clinical psychology. She hopes to continue on to graduate school or PA school once she graduates from UVA. She is involved with a variety of clubs at the university, including the UVA Women’s Rugby team. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching TV, and hiking.



Caroline Cook

Caroline Cook is a third year student studying psychology with a minor in sociology. She is also a research assistant in the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development lab in the psychology department. Outside of class, she is involved in several student theater groups on Grounds and plays violin in Radio Music Society, a string quartet group that plays pop music.



Christen Haig

Christen Haig is a fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science. After graduation, she is interested in exploring the field of education. Christen also works as a student consultant at the Center for Teaching Excellence at UVa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking walks around the neighborhood, reading, or watching old movies.



Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology. She plans on going to graduate school to work towards becoming a licensed professional counselor. She is specifically interested in working with children and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid through Region Ten. Claire is also a member of ADAPT, a research assistant in the Babylab of the UVA Psychology department, a volunteer with Madison House, and a ULink peer advisor. Her favorite things include swimming, going to the beach, and being buried by soft blankets.



Elizabeth Beverly

Elizabeth Beverly just graduated with a degree in Psychology and a Spanish minor at the University of Virginia. She plans on taking a gap year before hopefully continuing her studies at medical school. While at UVA, Elizabeth volunteered at a local elementary school and in the operating room at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Additionally, she was an officer in the Undergraduate Research Network and a member of Catholic Student Ministry. Previously, she has worked in Chad Dodson’s Cognition Lab. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.



Elizabeth Hobbs

Elizabeth Hobbs is a fourth year double majoring in cognitive science and psychology with a minor in biology. She is particularly interested in how neural differences among people influence behavior. Elizabeth is also a research assistant in the Jaswal Lab, a developmental lab at UVA focused on autism research. On grounds, she is also involved with Madison House, a volunteer organization run by UVA students. At other times, Elizabeth can be found working at Basil on the corner. In her free time, Elizabeth likes spending time with friends and her two sisters who live in Charlottesville.



Elizabeth Li

Elizabeth Li is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in psychology and environmental science at the University of Virginia. She is also a research assistant in the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development lab and also working with a graduate student in the environmental science department with their research on light pollution.  In addition, she is interested in careers of research or governmental positions in either fields after finishing her education. Her favorite hobbies are writing and drawing and whenever she gets the chance, she also loves to bake, especially breads and cakes.



Elizabeth Oldhouser

Elizabeth Oldhouser is a rising fourth year from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is pursuing a double major in Biology and Cognitive Science.  After graduation, she plans on continuing her education to enter the medical field. Outside of class, she is involved in the pre-health advisory board, Global Medical and Dental Brigades, and works as a CAST tutor. She enjoys running, traveling, and hanging out with friends. 



Emily Han

Emily Han is a second year undergraduate studying biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and is planning to attend medical school after college. During the school year, she volunteers at the UVA Hospital through Madison House and is involved in Warm Up America, a knitting club that makes blankets to donate to women’s shelters. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, napping, hanging out with friends, and caring for her plants.



Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes is a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia majoring in psychology and minoring in fine arts with the goal of attending medical school after graduation. On grounds she volunteers with Madison House and works at the Fralin Museum of Art as a student docent. She is also involved with her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, running, reading, and drawing. 



Gloria Stout

Gloria Stout is an upcoming fourth year psychology major and a possible African/African American studies minor. She is very interested in research particularly about mental illnesses in minority populations. Her interests include traveling, eating tons of chips and hanging out with her family/friends. After she graduates she is hoping to obtain her PhD in community psychology. 



Grace Rovenolt

Grace Rovenolt is a fourth-year double majoring in Biology and Art History, and after graduation she hopes to attend medical school. During the school year she works at the Fiske-Kimball Fine Arts Library at UVa. She loves leading tours at the Fralin Museum of Art as a student docent and volunteering as an EMT at Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, exploring local restaurants, and hiking.



Irena Kesselring

Irena Kesselring is a third year in the College double-majoring in English and Cognitive Science with a specialization in Cognitive Psychology. She is very active in Brown College as a current Hauntings Co-Chair and future Shama Llama Ding Dong (Vice President). She also writes for the Health and Science section of the Cavalier Daily and works in the PACT Lab with Professor Teachman. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and cooking eggs at absurd times of the day.



Jacqueline Gaumer

Jacqueline Gaumer is currently a second year majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology.  She intends to apply to medical school after undergrad in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.  She is involved in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as philanthropy co-chair for Girl’s on the Run, which is something she is very passionate about.  She also volunteers at the Emily Couric Cancer Center and am a member of a pre-medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon.  In her free time she enjoys exploring Charlottesville, hiking, and spending time with friends.  



Jun Bae

Jun Bae is a second year undergraduate from Richmond, VA in the College of Arts and Sciences. He intends to major in Psychology and Religious Studies, and his primary interests are mental illnesses and their relations to various cognitive processes. He hopes to apply to a medical school after his undergraduate studies. Outside of academics, he is a member of The Hooligans, a breakdancing crew at the University, and he enjoys traveling to different cities for breakdancing events.


Kerry Fico

Kerry Fico is a rising fourth year from Reston, Virginia. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in health & wellbeing. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school with hopes of pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Kerry also works as a research assistant in the Babylab at UVA. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, fostering puppies, and watching The Office.



Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper is a fourth year from Norfolk, Virginia, majoring in psychology and anthropology. He is preparing to attend the University of Virginia Law School in the fall. He is interested in the intersection of psychology and legal studies. He spends his time during the school year playing on the UVA Club Quidditch team and going to the gym.



Michaela Lim

Michaela Lim is a second year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology. Her interests are specialized in mental illness and cognitive degenerative diseases.  After graduation, she hopes to matriculate into dental school. Outside of academia she is involved in a variety of cultural organizations and enjoys choreographing dances for cultural shows. She spends her spare time exploring her musical side by singing, playing the ukulele, and discovering new artists. She also enjoys exercising, growing plants, and doing small art projects.



Sarah Craig

Sarah Craig is a rising third year from Herndon, Virginia. She is a Cognitive Science major with a concentration in Cognitive Psychology, and potentially a Computer Science minor. After undergrad, she would like to pursue a career in either research or with a non profit organization. Outside of academics, she is involved in a philanthropic a capella group, The AcHOOstics, and volunteers with Madison House.



Shannon Cason

Shannon Cason is a 3rd year in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Cognitive Science with a specialization in neuroscience and linguistics and minoring in Spanish at the University of Virginia. She hopes to attend medical school after her undergraduate studies Outside academics, she is the senior educator for the University Judiciary Committee, a tour guide the University Guide Service, a peer advisor in the Office of African American Affairs, and on the Academic and Career Development Committee of the Black Student Alliance. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and exploring places around Charlottesville.