Ashley Ezpeleta is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development area of the Department of Educational Psychology. Ashley received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio) in 2019. Prior to joining the LCD Lab, she was a lab manager for Dr. Ed Hubbard’s Educational Neuroscience lab at UW-Madison. Broadly, Ashley studies the comprehension and understanding of words or text by looking at the relationships between word meanings, memory, and attention. She is interested in the role that context, prior knowledge, and different types of language structures (such as similes and metaphors) have in this process. Ultimately, she hopes to apply her work to school settings by fostering academic achievement and performance in reading or science. Ashley is being advised by Dr. Haley Vlach.
Melina Knabe is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development area of the Department of Educational Psychology. Melina received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Washington and Lee University in 2017. Her research investigates the cognitive processes that support early word learning in single- and dual-language learners. Specifically, she studies how desirable difficulties can optimize children’s long-term retention of worlds in the context of educational materials. Melina is being advised by Dr. Haley Vlach.
Yi Tong is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development area in the Department of Educational Psychology. Yi received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology from UW-Madison in Fall 2019. Yi’s research interests primarily lie in the study of children’s language learning processes with a focus on educational applications. She is interested in how children’s prior knowledge and experience with language shape their learning and how they use contextual cues to facilitate word learning. Yi is being advised by Dr. Haley Vlach.
Ezgi Melisa Yüksel is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Psychology area of the Psychology Department. Ezgi received her B.A. from Middle East Technical University in Psychology and her M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from Bilkent University. Her main interest is how we train learning and memory processes. She is also interested in whether we can change people’s learning strategies to make them better learners.
Kaitlynn Ellis is the lab manager of the LCD lab. She earned a B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Digital Studies from UW Madison, and plans on attending graduate school in the field of Developmental Psychology. In her free time he enjoys biking around Madison and spending time with family and friends.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Aayush Agrawal is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD Lab majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he plans on attending medical school. In his free time, he enjoys baking sweets, painting shoes, and walking outdoors.
Alexia Bales is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD Lab. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as Health Promotion and Health Equity. After receiving her bachelor’s from the School of Education, she hopes to attend graduate school to study Speech and Language Pathology. She enjoys listening to nutrition podcasts, spending time with her friends and dog, and waterskiing for the Shermalot Ski Team and UW Waterski and Wakeboard Club.
Bryn Hermanson is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD lab. She is a senior pursuing degrees in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a certificate in Disability Rights and Services. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she plans on attending graduate school for school psychology. She enjoys her time working with children, spending time with her friends, and being a part of the Wisconsin Competitive Cheer Club.
Cailin Inman is a lab assistant in the LCD lab. She is a senior pursuing a degree in psychology and a certificate in education and educational studies. Cailin is planning to continue her education; she wants to earn her Master’s degree in either clinical counseling or social work in order to become a family and marriage therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks, kayaking, watching movies, and trying new food.
Katelyn Iverson is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD lab pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a career in school psychology or school social work. She enjoys working with children, reading, spending time with friends and family, and taking walks with her dog.
Kaylin Gruen is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD Lab. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as certificates in Education and Educational Services, and Disability Rights and Services. Kaylin is planning on continuing her education through graduate school, where she will study Speech and Language Pathology. In her downtime, Kaylin enjoys spending time being active outdoors, drinking coffee, and reading.
Olivia Goulette is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD lab pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a certificate in Education and Educational Services. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a career in speech language pathology. In her free time she loves to read, be out on the water, and spend time with friends and family.
Stephanie Zumba is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD lab. She is currently a freshman, and is interested in learning more about psychological research. She grew up bilingual and earned the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. In her free time she enjoys playing the trumpet and exploring Madison with her friends.
Sydney Olmsted is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD Lab majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with certificates in Disability Rights & Services and Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. Sydney enjoys reading, spending time outside, cooking, and collecting plants.
Zechun Zhao is an undergraduate research assistant in the LCD lab. Zechun is currently a sophomore studying Psychology and Statistics. In her free time she enjoys cooking, swimming, and hanging out with friends.