Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

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Nicole Martin, Double major in Psychology and Neuroscience- Class of 2021

Nicole is a sophomore at University of New England from Glastonbury, Connecticut. She is majoring in Psychology and hopes to eventually obtain a PhD in one of the branches of psychology to eventually run her own practice where she wants to work with children with autism.  Nicole cannot wait to work in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition to expand her knowledge and gain experience in the exciting world of research. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity.  I am so passionate about psychology so I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Dr. Stiegler- Balfour’s lab.”

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Courtney Parent, Psychology Major – Class of 2019

Courtney is a senior at the University of New England. She is from the small town of Hamlin, Maine. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in mental health rehabilitation technician certification. She hopes to earn her Ph.D in developmental psychology to work with children with congenial heart disease, while also working in academia as a college professor. Courtney wanted to work in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition Lab to gain experience in the research aspect of psychology, and to further educate herself in this field. She hopes that this experience will help her in her future endeavors. “Research is such a huge part of the grad school curriculum, so I am grateful for this opportunity to experience it beforehand. I cannot wait to explore cognitive psychology through research.”

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Ellie Leighton, Psychology Major – Class of 2019

Ellie is a senior at the University of New England and is currently serving as the lab supervisor. She is from Brewer, Maine. She is majoring in psychology, and minoring in mental health rehabilitation technician certification and special education. Her goal is to one day earn a masters degree with a focus in developmental psychology to work with children with learning disabilities. Ellie began working in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition Lab in the Spring semester of 2016, and hopes to get a closer look on the mind and to gain experience in the research field. She hopes to use this lab to gain  professional skills that she will need in her future endeavors. “I am grateful for this opportunity to learn more about research. I have been given the opportunity to work with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour to start up multiple new projects and I could not be more excited for the work we will be doing.”

Research Assistant Alumni:

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Emily Boulton – Psychology major, 2016

LiWen Chen – Psychology major, 2011

Kaylyn Dorsey – Psychology major, 2015

April Deemer – Psychology major, 2012

Lauren Hayden – Psychology major, 2016

Sarah Hendrix – Psychology Major, 2018

Jessica Hering – Occupational Therapy major, Psychology minor, 2015

Benjamin Katz – Psychology major, 2017

Madison Kenny – Psychology major, 2020

Abby LaChance – Psychology major, 2017

Alyssa Paquin – Psychology major, 2015

Julia Rich – Psychology and English double major, 2012

Zoe Roberts – Psychology major, 2017

Glenn Rose – Psychology Major, 2021

Tiffany Shahin – Neuroscience major, 2013

Hadleigh Smith – Elementary Education major, Psychology minor, 2013

Andrea Taatjes – Psychology major, 2013

Heather Tatsak – Psychology major, 2013

Emily Vasseur – Psychology and Education double major, 2017

Elizabeth Whitmore – Medical Biology major, Neuroscience minor, 2015

Mike Wilson – Psychology major, 2013

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