Meet the Team

Dr. Elizabeth A. Simpson

Dr. Elizabeth A. Simpson

Laboratory Director,
Email: simpsone@miami.edu
Dr. Simpson joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami in 2015. She loves research and hopes to inspire future generations of scientists. Outside of the lab she enjoys dog parks, the beach, running, and reality TV. 

Guangyu Zeng

Guangyu Zeng

Graduate Student
Email: gxz102@miami.edu
Google Scholar
Zeng joined our lab in 2018. He has a B.S.Sc in psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a M.A. in psychological science from from the Catholic University of America. He is interested in the development of social cognitive skills such as emotion recognition and joint attention in typically developing and at-risk infants and children. After graduation, he plans to continue research into infant and early childhood development. Zeng enjoys reading, cooking, swimming, and observing all kinds of animals.

Tiffany Leung

Tiffany Leung

Graduate Student
Email: tsl51@miami.edu
Tiffany joined the lab in 2020 after graduating from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in psychology. Her primary research interests focus on how infants process social interactions to categorize and learn about the people around them. She hopes to one day become involved in teaching and continue research in developmental psychology. During her spare time, she loves ice skating, reading about philosophy, watching Disney movies, and visiting the beach.

Arushi Malik

Arushi Malik

Graduate Student
Email: axm8070@miami.edu
Arushi earned her B.A. in psychology with honors from the University of Delhi and her M.S. in psychology from Christ University in India. She joined our developmental psychology Ph.D. program in 2022. She is interested in studying the development of socio-cognitive skills such as social recognition. After graduating, she plans to become a professor to continue her research and teaching in developmental psychology. In her free time, she likes to read, explore new places, cook, and watch movies.

Roberto Lazo

Roberto Lazo

Lab Manager
Email: Rjl69@miami.edu
Rob joined the lab as an undergraduate in 2017 and earned the title of Lab Manager soon thereafter. He graduated from UM with a B.S. in psychology and biology. He enjoys studying neuroscience, consciousness, and how the mind works. He plans to pursue an advanced degree in psychology and work in the field of mental health. In his free time, he enjoys meditation, Qi-kung, and exploring new ways to promote wellness.

Emily McNamara

Emily McNamara

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: ecm121@miami.edu
Emily joined our lab in spring 2021 as a second-year student majoring in psychology with minors in math and philosophy. After graduating she plans to obtain her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring new places, and working out.

Shirsika Reddy Kummeta

Shirsika Kummeta

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: srk431029@miami.edu
Shirsika is a neuroscience and anthropology double major who joined the lab in the fall of 2021. Shirsika plans to attend medical school after graduating and wants to become a neonatologist. She enjoys reading books, swimming, and watching Netflix.

Catalina Sanchez Montenegro

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Undergraduate Researcher
Email: cxs1427@miami.edu
Catalina joined our lab in the fall of 2021 as a junior majoring in psychology, sociology, and criminology. She enjoys working with kids and is planning to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, workout, and play the piano.

Juan Perez

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Undergraduate Researcher
Email: jxp2053@miami.edu
Juan joined our lab in spring 2022 as a first-year undergraduate majoring in exercise physiology with a minor in psychology. After graduating he plans to obtain his M.D. and work with pregnant mothers and young children. He enjoys going to the beach, being around his friends, and trying new foods from different cultures.

Hayley Nathaniel

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Undergraduate Researcher
Email: hin6@miami.edu
Hayley joined our lab in the spring of 2022 as a junior pursuing her B.S. in psychology, with minors in chemistry and architecture. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, sailing, hiking, and painting.

Alex Hummel

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Undergraduate Researcher
Email: alh1974@miami.edu
Alex joined our lab in the spring of 2022 as a sophomore majoring in psychology and health science with a minor in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. After graduating, she plans to earn a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in counseling psychology.

Megan Chambers

Megan Chambers

Visiting Undergraduate Researcher
Email: megan_chambers@hotmail.com
In the summer of 2022 we're pleased to have Megan Chambers join our lab as a visiting undergraduate researcher! Megan is a student at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, pursuing her B.Sc. in psychology. In the future, she plans to complete a Ph.D. in psychology and eventually direct her own lab, studying children's emotional and social development. Her hobbies include reading, fashion, and spending time with her friends exploring Brighton.

Caitlyn Murphy

Megan Chambers

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: cem257@miami.edu
In summer 2022 Caitlyn joined the lab as a junior double majoring in psychology sociology with minors in criminology and public health. After graduating, she plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing piano, and cooking.

Katie Hoisch

Katie Hoisch

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: krh113@miami.edu
Katie joined our lab in the summer of 2022 as a rising junior, majoring in psychology and criminology and minoring in communication studies and history. She enjoys going on bike rides, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, she plans on earning a graduate degree in psychology.

Catherine Ann Green

Catherine Ann Green

Undergraduate Researcher
Email: cag322@miami.edu
Catherine joined our lab in fall 2022 as a junior pursuing a B.A. in psychology with minors in art/art history and two modern languages. She plans to attend graduate school and hopefully obtain a Ph.D. For fun, she enjoys reading, trying out new dishes, and spending time with her friends.

Collaborators

 

A.Paulkner

Dr. Annika Paukner
Nottingham
Trent University

S.Kaburu

Dr. Stefano Kaburu
University of
Wolverhampton

K.Jakobsen

Dr. Krisztina V. Jakobsen
James Madison
University

P.Ferrari

Dr. Pier F. Ferrari
CNRS / Universite Claude Bernard
Lyon

S.Suomi

Dr. Stephen J. Suomi
National Institutes
of Health

F Damon

Dr. Fabrice Damon
Université Bourgogne
Franche-Comté / INRA / CNRS

Dr. Daniel Messinger

Dr. Daniel Messinger
University of Miami

Dr. Debra Lieberman

Dr. Debra Lieberman
University of Miami

Dr. Laurie Bayet

Dr. Laurie Bayet
American University

Mr. Oren Miron

Mr. Oren Miron
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lauren Robinson

Dr. Lauren Robinson
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor and Dearborn

Dr. Christine Delgado

Dr. Christine Delgado
University of Miami

Graduate Student Alumni

Sarah Maylott

Dr. Sarah Maylott

Former Graduate Student
(Fall 2016 - Spring 2021)
Now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University

Amy Ahn

Dr. Yeojin Amy Ahn

Former Graduate Student
(Fall 2017 - Spring 2022)
Now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Florida International University

Undergraduate Lab Alumni

A.Alix

Anika Alix
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

P.Fairman

Paige Fairman
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

K.Smith

Kathryn Payne Smith
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2016

P.Gupta

Preeti Gupta
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

V.Tercero

Vanessa Carolina Tercero
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2016-Fall 2016

D.Urkov

Daniel Urkov
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

N.Mazanani

Nadia Mazinani
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2017

V.Dominguez

Valerie Dominguez
NSF Research Mentoring
Program,Summer 2017

N.Marcelin

Nathalie Marcelin
NSF Research Mentoring
Program, Summer 2017

M.Nguyen

My Nguyen
NSF Research Mentoring
Program, Summer 2017

K.Leonard

Kyla Leonard
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2016 - Spring 2018

C.Reid

Caroline Reid
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

A.Houng

Amy Hoang
NSF Research Mentoring
Program, Summer 2018

Karina Lutfey

Karina Lutfey
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2017-Fall 2018

Ana Angeli

Ana Angeli
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2017-Fall 2018

Marissa Hanson

Marissa Hanson
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2017-Fall 2018

Samantha Brindley

Samantha Brindley
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer-Fall 2018

Ebony Eddy

Ebony Eddy
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2018

Jilian Sansone

Jilian Sansone
Project Coordinator,
Spring 2017 - Spring 2019

Kimora Brown

Kimora Brown
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2018

Jenna Trainor

Jenna Trainor
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2019 - Fall 2019

Christopher Castaneda

Christopher Castaneda
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2019 - Fall 2019

Andreas Bezahler

Andreas Bezahler
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2019 - Fall 2019

Alexandra Mills

Alexandra Mills
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2019

E.Jaisle

Emma Jaisle
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

Aitana Arbulu

Aitana Arbulu
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2020 - Fall 2020

Raven Bedford

Raven Bedford
Undergraduate Researcher
Spring 2021

Kyle Romero

Kyle Romero
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2021

Diana Nascimben 

Diana Nascimben
Undergraduate Researcher,
Fall 2019 - Spring 2021

Isabella Valencia 

Isabella Cabrera Valencia
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2019 - Spring 2021

A.Adler

Alanna Adler
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2018 - Spring 2021

Mendel Lebowitz

Mendel Lebowitz
Project Coordinator,
Summer 2018 - Spring 2021

Jackson Kyser

Jackson Kyser
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2019 - Spring 2021

Thea Saunders

Thea Saunders
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2020 - Spring 2022

Alex Adornato

Alex Adornato
Project Coordinator,
Summer 2020 - Spring 2022

Shantalle Martinez

Shantalle Martinez
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2020 - Spring 2022

Lindsey Faucher

Lindsey Faucher
Undergraduate Researcher,
Spring 2021 - Spring 2022

Baylee Brochu

Baylee Brochu
Project Coordinator,
Spring 2021 - Spring 2022

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Layomi Adeojo
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2021 - Spring 2022

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Emanuel Clemente
Undergraduate Researcher,
Summer 2021 - Spring 2022