Principal Investigator

Simona Ghetti, Ph.D.

Lab Director and Principal Investigator
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Email: sghetti@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Profile

Post Doctoral Scholars

Christopher R. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Scholar
Ph.D., Psychology, Arizona State University, 2018
B.A., Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2012

Email: chrgonzales@ucdavis.edu 

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Christopher Gonzales is a post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis where he contributes to both the Memory and Development Lab (P.I. Dr. Simona Ghetti) and the Brain and Social Cognition Lab (P.I. Dr. Lindsay Bowman). Chris received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in developmental psychology and was formerly a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University as part of the Kindergarten-Readiness project (P.I. Dr. Megan McClelland). His research aims to elucidate young children’s metacognitive development and its relation to related areas such as children’s theory of mind and executive functioning. His current research utilizes both neuroscientific and behavioral methods to understand how metacognition develops during the preschool years and how this influences children’s academic and social outcomes.

 

Graduate Students

Sarah Leckey, M.S.

Doctoral Candidate
B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2015
M.S. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2019
Email: ssleckey@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Sarah’s work focuses on learning how toddlers and preschoolers utilize their memories to make decisions and how they learn to introspect on their cognitive decisions (metacognition). She uses behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging methods with both cross-sectional and longitudinal experimental designs to examine questions such as; how behavioral indicators of uncertainty in toddlerhood are related to overt uncertainty monitoring in preschool and how novelty preference may interfere with toddler’s ability to correctly act on their memories.

Alireza Kazemi, M.S.

Doctoral Candidate
B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, 2011
M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2014
Email: kazemi@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Alireza likes to devote his entire professional life to understand and explain the mysteries behind this squishy piece of gray matter in our skulls.  He is passionate about the intersection between computer science and psychology to explain how the human brain works. He is particularly interested in using different imaging methods to study the brain and develop models for the human memory and metamemory. Eventually, Alireza would like to understand the implications of human memory in decision-making, creativity, and intelligence.

Lindsey Mooney

Doctoral Candidate
B.S. in Psychology, Xavier University, 2015
Email: lnmooney@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Lindsey’s work focuses on hippocampal development and the development of episodic memory. She uses both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques in order to probe the trajectory of episodic memory development in infants and toddlers. She is broadly interested in the factors that contribute to memory development (sleep, semanticization, consolidation, etc.) and instances of atypical memory development in clinical populations.

Nicholas Christopher-Hayes

Doctoral Student
B.A. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015
Email: nchristopherhayes@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas’ research interests primarily focus on the neural correlates of relational memory and attention. Specifically, he wants to better understand how these systems change and interact across the lifespan. To accomplish this, he believes it is important to understand their trajectories during development and aging, both typically and under the constraints of divergent neurological or chronic health conditions.  He is training to combine neuropsychological, neuroimaging, eye-tracking, and other scientific methods as investigative tools to pursue these research questions.
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Junior Specialist

Alix Mahon

Junior Specialist
B.S. in Human Development, Minor in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2020
Email: apmahon@ucdavis.edu

Jasmeen Dadra

Junior Specialist
B.S. in Psychology; Minor in Neuroscience, University of California, Davis, 2021
Email: jdadra@ucdavis.edu


Lab Alumni


Graduate Students

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Dr. Elliott Johnson

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Temple University

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PUPhD in Pupology from UC Davis 2020

 

Dr. Christine Coughlin

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin

 

 

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Dr. Joshua K. Lee

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

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Dr. Emily Hembacher

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Data Scientist at NextDoor

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Dr. Kristen Lyons

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Associate Professor at Metropolitan University of Denver

 

 

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Dr. Dana DeMaster

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Houston

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Dr. Paola Castelli

MaD Lab Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Associate Professor at John Cabot University in Rome


Post-Doctoral Scholars

Dr. Diana Selmeczy

MaD Lab Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado 

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Dr. Janani Prabhakar

MaD Lab Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar

Current Position: National Institute of Mental Health

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Dr. Yana Fandakova

MaD Lab Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar

Current Position: Research Scientist at the Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

 

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Dr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman

MaD Lab Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Queen’s University

 


Junior Specialists

 

Kelsey Davinson

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Graduate Student at the University of Connecticut

Aidan Sandhoefner

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Teaching English in Spain

Ethan Fox

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position:

Pamela Gallego

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position:

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Peter Desautels

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Staff Member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Dr. Clint Perry

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position:

 

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Jacqueline Pospisil

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Facebook Research Unit

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Julia Ross, M.D.

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Pediatrician, M.D. from Virginia Tech Medical School 

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Marcos Sastre III, M.S.

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Speech Language Pathologist at Speech and Voice Experience in Rockville, MD

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Lauren Hunter

MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist

Current Position: Graduate Student at UC Berkeley


Visiting Scholars

Dr. Nesrin Destan

MaD Lab Position: Visiting Scholar
M.S. in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2011
Email: nesrin.destan@psy.unibe.ch 

Current Position:  University of Bern

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Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

MaD Lab Position: Visiting UC Berkeley Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Current Position: Bask Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language