Graduate Students


Camerota, Marie
Advisor: Dr. Martha Cox
212 Davie Hall
mcamerot@live.unc.edu

Marie studies the development of executive function (EF) in preschoolers and young children, as well as the prenatal and postnatal environmental factors that help or hinder the development of cognitive and emotional control processes.


Canipe, Grant
Advisor: Dr. Carol Cheatham
226 Davie Hall
canipelg@live.unc.edu

Grant studies the dopamine signals along various pathways using nutritional and exercise interventions.


Do, Kathy
Advisor: Dr. Eva Telzer
224 Davie Hall
kathydo@live.unc.edu

Kathy studies how social factors (e.g., peers, family) influence prosocial and risky decision-making across development.


Foster, Tiffany
Advisor: Dr. Margaret Burchinal
209 Davie Hall
fostertj@live.unc.edu

Tiffany studies the relationship between early childhood education and social development.


Garber, Kylie
Advisor: Dr. Margaret Burchinal
229 Davie Hall
klgarber@live.unc.edu

Kylie studies early intervention programs, such as home visiting and child care, with a particular interest in social and emotional outcomes.


Grimes, Melissa
Advisors: Dr. Martha Cox and Dr. Cathi Propper
212 Davie Hall
mrgrimes@live.unc.edu

Melissa studies sleep from infancy through adolescence, with an emphasis on how sleep patterns are impacted by family and peers.


Hoffman, Adam
Advisor: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes
124 Howell Hall
ajhoffma@live.unc.edu

Adam studies how contextual processes influence the development of ethnic and racial identity in minority youth and the influence of identity on youth’s academic achievement, academic self-concept, and academic interests.


Hudson, Kesha
Advisor: Dr. Peter Ornstein
223 Davie Hall
knhudson@live.unc.edu

Kesha studies children’s strategic behaviors and early academic achievement as a function of the types of language used in the context of home and school.


Lin, Lynda
Advisor: Dr. Eva Telzer
224 Davie Hall
lyndalin@live.unc.edu

Lynda studies the bidirectional influences of culture and the brain throughout development.


McCormick, Ethan
Advisor: Dr. Eva Telzer
209 Davie Hall
methan@live.unc.edu

Ethan studies the neural changes associated with learning and development, with particular interest in how adolescents incorporate incoming information into their decision-making representations.


Nehler, Chelsea
Advisor: Dr. Jean-Louis Gariepy
124 Howell Hall
nehlerc@live.unc.edu


Perkins, Katherine
Advisor: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes
229 Davie Hall
kaperk@live.unc.edu

Katherine studies the development of children’s perceptions of gender bias in the classroom and the influence of stereotypes and socialization on classroom engagement, motivation, and academic achievement outcomes.


Pettygrove, Dana
Advisor: Dr. Martha Cox
211 Davie Hall
dmpettyg@live.unc.edu


Sharp, Paul
Advisor: Dr. Eva Telzer
125 Howell Hall
psharp89@live.unc.edu

Paul studies how emotion, memory, and early social experiences are involved in the pathogenesis of internalizing psychopathology by leveraging multiple neuroimaging modalities.


Thomas, Taylor
Advisor: Dr. Peter Ornstein
223 Davie Hall
tet@live.unc.edu

Taylor studies the processes that confer various outcomes across developmental trajectories, specifically within the populations of teachers and children, and how these processes are associated with developmental outcomes dealing with memory.


Vuletich, Heidi
Advisors: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes and Dr. Keith Payne
211 | 320 Davie Hall
vulet978@live.unc.edu

Heidi studies implicit and explicit barriers to academic achievement in minority youth.