Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

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Aubrey Sahouria, Neuroscience Major – Class of 2022

Aubrey is a freshman at the University of New England from Richmond, California. She is majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to eventually earn a Ph.D. in the field. One of her goals is to continue research in the areas of neurolinguistics and psychology, especially in regard to decision making behavior. Aubrey wanted to join the lab to delve into the world of research on the mind and language. She is very excited to work with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour to enrich her education and to gain experience in psychological research. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and her research team. I would love to learn how to successfully craft and execute experiments, and I cannot wait to start exploring these cognitive inquiries.”

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Genna Companatico, Psychology Major – Class of 2020
Genna is a junior at the University of New England, and she is from Cranston, Rhode Island. She is majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Anthropology. Her goal is to one day earn a masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a focus on the adolescent population. Genna wanted to work in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab to gain more experience with research and professional skills needed for graduate school. “Working with someone who is so passionate about their field of study, like Dr. Stiegler-Balfour, is really inspiring and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know I am going to learn so much from Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and my peers and I cannot wait.”


Mark Stubbs, Psychology Major – Class of 2019

Mark is a senior at the University of New England. He is from the town of Derry, New Hampshire. He is majoring in Psychology while minoring in both Mental Health Rehabilitation Certification and Political Science. One of his current goals is to earn his masters degree in Experimental/Biological Psychology. He hopes to study behavior among populations with cases of psychosis. Mark joined the lab because he feels it has a lot to offer him professionally and academically. He feels that his time in the lab will help him make professional connections, develop lifelong skills, better prepare him for graduate school, and create lasting memories. “To me working in the lab means I have an opportunity to seriously improve my research skills. While working alongside Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and the rest of the team I will learn how to conduct meaningful research. As a student of psychology I am looking forward to contributing my own work to the field.”


Nicole Martin, Psychology Major- 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.”


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.”

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

Ellie Leighton- Psychology major, 2018

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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