Temple Infant & Child Laboratory | Graduate Students
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Graduate Students

Katherine Eulau

Katherine is a first-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. She received her B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of San Diego, then went on to study Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University where she earned a clinical master’s degree. As an undergraduate student, she studied mutually responsive orientation in caregiver-child dyads with Dr. Adriana Molitor at the University of San Diego and as a graduate student, she supported projects on parent coaching and early language intervention and assessment as a part of Dr. Megan Roberts’ Early Intervention Research Group at Northwestern. Katherine then went on to practice Speech Language Pathology in the pediatric population based in outpatient clinics and through in-home early intervention services. Katherine’s passion lies at the intersection of early interaction and play development as facilitative factors for language development.


Ally Masters

Ally is a first-year graduate student in developmental psychology working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. She received her B.A. in Counseling Psychology from The College of Santa Fe in 2007, and then taught Montessori preschool and English as a second language in the Czech Republic, Vietnam, and the Ukraine. Under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Friend, Ally received her M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2019, and her master’s thesis examined the quality of parent-child interaction and its impact on child expressive vocabulary in English- and Spanish-speakers. Ally’s research interests include how aspects of play support language development, and is particularly interested in how this varies across speakers of different languages.



Kim Nguyen

Kim is a graduate student in the Cognition and Neuroscience department and is mentored by Dr. Nora Newcombe and Dr. Ingrid Olson. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. At UT, she worked with Dr. Alison Preston and Dr. Hannah Roome on research spanning spatial navigation, episodic memory, and schema formation in children. At Temple, she is interested in the development of episodic and spatial memory and using MRI methods to examine brain structures related to behavior.

Naoya Tani

Naoya is a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology area, co-mentored by Drs. Nora Newcombe and Ingrid Olson. He received his B.S. in Human Development and B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from University of California, Davis, in 2017. He previously worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a clinical research coordinator working with the population with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism. At Temple, he is interested in episodic memory development using both the behavioral and neuroimaging approaches, such as fMRI. In his free time, he enjoys eating, exploring Philly, and listening to music.

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Aeryn Gilmore 

Aeryn Gilmore is a graduate student in developmental psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Hirsh-Pasek. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rider University in 2023 and interned at Temple Infant and Child Lab for two summers on the Philadelphia’s Play Streets project. She applied the “6 C’s” framework to code child interactions, emphasizing collaboration, communication, content, confidence, critical thinking, and creative innovation. Aeryn’s research interests include the potential of play-based learning, the dynamics of teacher-student relationships, and the influence of demographic factors on academic achievement.