Alexis Broussard

I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology. Before joining the EDEN lab, I worked in the Changing Brain Lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying brain plasticity and cognitive development in young children, as well as the Boundaries of Anxiety and Depression Lab exploring psychophysiological responses to threat in anxiety and depression.  I am particularly interested in the neurological risk factors and treatment of psychological disorders characterized by disruptive behavior and/or anxious or depressed mood. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology studying antisocial behavior and psychopathy.

Abigail Presti

I am a senior studying Cognitive Science with a concentration in language and the mind. I previously worked in the Gottfried Laboratory annotating brain tissue in the olfactory bulb and analyzing its connections to emotional memories. I am particularly interested in synthesizing my passions of psychology, neuroscience, and law into a role in the field of forensic psychology.

Maia Chester

I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Psychology and Criminology. I am primarily interested in exploring the etiology of psychological disorders and the different ways in which these disorders manifest in individuals, sometimes predisposing to antisocial and/or criminal behavior. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D./J.D. in psychology and law, which would allow me to continue to integrate my passions for these two highly-complementary fields. 

Sonia Reardon

I am currently an undergraduate senior majoring in Psychology at Penn, minoring in Spanish. I have worked with children in many capacities; teaching English, dance mentorship, and being a camp counselor to name a few. I am very excited to take on this role with the EDEN Lab and to further explore socio-emotional development, child pathology, and personality development. I am particularly interested in studying how life context gives rise to criminal, violent, and antisocial behaviors, and how empathy plays a role in the onset of these expressions. My long-term goal is to pursue a career in clinical psychology. 

Maya Itkin-Ofer

I am a sophomore studying Cognitive Science with a concentration in computation and cognition, and considering adding another major in either Science, Technology and Societies or Health and Societies. I am interested in child socioemotional development and the intersection of computation and the developing mind.

Callie Jones

I am a junior undergraduate studying Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. My interests primarily focus on abnormalities in the development of social cognition, both in the context of individual differences as well as psychopathology. Currently, I am focusing on the differences between controlled and instantaneous perspective taking in children high in callous-unemotional traits. Long term, I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental or clinical psychology and conducting my own research.

Tiffany Schell 

I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology and Mathematics, with a minor in Urban Education. I am interested in the developmental course of conduct and personality disorders. In particular, I would like to investigate how education can serve as a preventative measure for behavioral problems in children with aggressive and callous-unemotional traits. My long-term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology to teach and conduct research.

Donnisa Edmonds

I am a junior in the College of Arts and Science studying Biological Basis of Behavior, with a minor in French and Francophone studies.

 I have previously worked in the Goodwin Lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying environmental decision making. Currently, I am interested in studying the effect of the environment on brain structure, specifically in relation to linking generational trauma to anxiety and depression. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D in Neuroscience

Quentin Wedderburn

I am currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in psychology and minoring in modern history. I have worked in three labs prior to joining the EDEN lab, including the Center for Autism Research, the Changing Brain Lab, and the Child Emotion Research Lab. Now joining the EDEN lab I hope to work on a project exploring the influence of trauma exposure on primary and secondary callousness-unemotional traits in children. In the future I hope to obtain my Ph.D in clinical child psychology and work simultaneously as a PI and clinical psychologist. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants