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October 2015

We are pleased to announce that Emily Hembacher has completed her graduate studies here at UC Davis and has taken a position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Stanford University! Emily is working on projects investigating how children’s uncertainty monitoring interacts with their learning and decision-making, particularly in the domain of language. She is also investigating how parents’ understanding of cognitive development interacts with children’s learning.

September 2015

We have recently said goodbye as one of our Junior Specialists, Lauren Hunter, has left the lab to pursue a Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley. We wish her all the best! Another of our former Junior Specialists, Marcos Sastre, has begun graduate school at Columbia University. Congratulations to both Marcos and Lauren!

We also welcome a new Junior Specialist to our lab, Sarah Leckey! Sarah graduated from UC Davis in June 2015 after working in our lab as an undergraduate Research Assistant for over a year. She is excited to begin working full-time in our lab!

August 2014

This month, we welcomed two new researchers to our lab! Dr. Janani Prabhaker comes to the MaD Lab after completing her Ph.D. at Rutgers University. She plans to investigate future-oriented behavior in early childhood. Elliott Johnson joins our lab as graduate student after completing his BA in Psychology at Carleton College.

We also say goodbye to two Junior Specialists who have spent years at work on the H.I.P.P.O. study. Jacqueline Pospisil is beginning a Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington, while Marcos Sastre III is off to pursue new opportunities in San Francisco. We wish you the best, and we will miss you both!

June 2014

Congratulations to Julia Ross, one of our Junior Specialists, who will be leaving the Memory and Development Lab to start her first year of medical school at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. Good luck, Julia, and thank you for three wonderful years!

Please join us in welcoming our two newest researchers, Junior Specialists Peter Desautels and Lauren Hunter. Peter is joining us soon after graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (as well as having just finished an Honors Thesis in the Memory and Development Lab). Lauren comes on board after four years as a pre-school instructor at the Redbud Montessori School here in Davis. Welcome!


March 2014

A big welcome to our newest lab member, Dr. Yana Fandakova, who joins us from the Max Planck Institue for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. We are looking forward to having you!


June 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Dana DeMaster, our newest graduate from the Memory and Development Lab! Now that she has completed her course of study at UC Davis, she will be starting a position at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Best of luck, Dana! We will miss you.

January 2013

Congratulations to our Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Jeni Pathman, for accepting a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. We will miss you, Jeni! Good luck!

August 2012

Congratulations to one of our Junior Specialists, Clint Perry, for being accepted as a graduate student at Tufts University in Medford, MA. We are all proud of you (especially Marcos, a proud Jumbo himself) and sorry to see you go. Good luck!

April 2012

Thank you to all the families that joined us at Picnic day! We had a wonderful time meeting you!


February 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Ghetti for being selected as a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow!

September 2011

Please join us in welcoming our three newest researchers: Marcos Sastre III (from Tufts University), Julia Ross (from Wellesley College), and Jacqueline Pospisil (from UC Davis)!

Conratulations to Dr. Paola Castelli for her new position as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at John Cabot Univeristy in Rome, Italy!

August 2010

Congratulations to Dr. Ghetti for recieving a 2010 Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association!