Temple Infant & Child Laboratory | Summer Interns
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Summer Interns

Summer Interns 2019


Lucy Sorrell

Tanya Nair

Abby Fergus

Temma Levis

Dan Palma

Mara Bloom

Diya Goyal

Elise Adamopoulos

Summer Interns 2015

Sara Schroer
Ian Becker
Amy Giacomucci

Summer Interns 2014

Janelle Gagnon

Janelle is a student at Smith College. She is majoring in Cognitive Science, and is especially interested in how we engage with fiction and narratives, as well as the limits of the imagination. She plans to continue studying the psychology of fiction in graduate school in developmental or cognitive psychology.



Allison McLaughlin

Allison is a rising junior at Pomona College currently pursuing a BA in Linguistics. Her interests include language acquisition and child development. During her summer at Temple, she worked with Dani Levine and Jessa Reed on a variety of projects.



Stephany Wilson

Stephany is an undergraduate psychology major at Temple University. She has previously worked as a research assistant in the Spatial Intelligence Learning Center at Temple, studying differences in navigational ability. Her academic interests include cognitive development and child psychopathology. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school, eventually earning a Ph.D. in developmental or clinical psychology.

Summer Interns 2013

Diondra Brown

Diondra Brown is an undergraduate at University of Connecticut, where she double-majors in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. This upcoming year she will be pursing membership into her school’s chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. It is her aspiration to attend graduate school, obtain a Psy.D., and open her own practice as a child psychologist. She is enjoying working with Dr. Jamie Jirout in her study of spatial intelligence, and is hoping to gain a wealth of knowledge during her time at the lab.


Minjae “Jaimi” Kim

Jaimi Kim is an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, where she is studying Neuroscience. Her academic interests lie in the intersection between language, cognition and development. She hopes to go on to graduate school and continue learning about how it all works.


Dorota “Dora” Maslinski

Dora Maslinski is a student at Beloit College in Wisconsin currently pursuing her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art. She plans on continuing her studies by earning her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology so that she can one day work with special needs children. Her area of interest in the field of developmental psychology also includes the impacts of art interventions on early childhood learning.


Holly Przybylowski

Holly is an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interests include language acquisition and intervention strategies. She plans on continuing her education in graduate school in hopes of becoming a speech language pathologist one day.


Meghan Huang

Meghan Huang is a student at Swarthmore College, where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in educational studies. Her interests include child and adolescent psychopathology, children’s social development, and the role of play in learning. This upcoming year, she will be completing a senior thesis in clinical psychology. In the future, she plans to continue her studies in psychology at the graduate level and hopes to pursue a career as a child psychologist.


Rachael Metz

Rachael Metz is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University. She attended Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA, where she graduated with her IB diploma in 2012. This summer, she is working with Dr. Neha Mahajan in looking at how technology affects children’s literary and comprehension skills. Rachael plans to major in Psychology and pursue graduate work in the field, and eventually work with children and adolescents.

Summer Interns 2012

Pictured from left to right: Kristie Denlinger, Leah Sack, Jacqueline Baron, Laura Dennis (top); Stefanie Colino, Jeanna Stiadle (bottom)

Jacqueline Baron

Jacqueline Baron is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She plans to attend graduate school and aspires to be a child psychologist in the FBI.


Stefanie Colino

Stefanie Colino is an undergraduate at Villanova University, studying psychology, Spanish, and cognitive science.  This upcoming year she will be working toward her honors degree through the completion of an undergraduate thesis, which will explore cognitive psychology.  She plans on pursuing a Ph.D and a career in academia and research.  Her areas of interest include child cognitive development and education.


Kristie Denlinger

Kristie Denlinger is an undergraduate Linguistics major at Emory University. She is interested in language acquisition, bilingualism and language change. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in Linguistics.


Laura Dennis

Laura Dennis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Cognitive Science and minors in French and Psychology.  She is planning to pursue graduate work in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology and is using this opportunity in the Temple Infant and Child lab to gain important knowledge and experience in the field before continuing her education.


Leah Sack

Leah Sack is an undergraduate at Kenyon College, where she majors in Psychology. She is enjoying working at the Temple Infant Lab under Dr. Jamie Jirout, Dr. Wenke Mohring and Corinne Holmes in their studies of spatial intelligence. She is interested also in language development and memory and plans to pursue graduate school in developmental psychology.


Jeanna Stiadle

Jeanna Stiadle is an undergraduate at The Pennsylvania University’s Schreyer Honors College majoring in speech pathology. She is very interested in language acquisition and hopes to attend graduate school to become a speech therapist.

Summer Interns 2011

Pictured from left to right: Melissa Horger, Kerri McShane, Rachel Sandercock, Kathline Gomes, and Justine Hoch

Kathline Gomes

Kathline Gomes attends Scripps College, majoring in Linguistics-Cognitive Science through Pomona College. She is enjoying studying language development with the Temple Infant Lab and hopes to continue her studies through graduate school.


Justine Hoch

Justine Hoch is a student at Denison University majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is interested in the relationship between spatial language and the development of perceptual systems. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Developmental Psychology.


Melissa Horger

Melissa Horger is an undergraduate student at Millersville University. She is majoring in Psychology and plans to eventually pursue a Ph.D. program. In the future, she would like to continue working with children either as a researcher in child development or as a behavior therapist.


Kerri McShane

Kerri McShane is an undergraduate student at Temple University. She is majoring in psychology. She hopes to pursue a career working with children.


Rachel Sandercock

Rachel Sandercock is an undergraduate at The University of Pittsburgh, majoring in psychology and English literature. She is currently working toward the honors designation is psychology through the presentation of an undergraduate thesis. This summer, Rachel is working with graduate student Jessa Reed. In the future, Rachel plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Summer Interns 2010

Pictured from left to right: Dion Bullock, Mariah Arnold, Jo Minton, and Rebecca Amoah

Rebecca Amoah

Rebecca Amoah is an undergraduate student from Wellesley College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Music. Her interests in psychology include learning and memory, language acquistion, spatial cognition in children and the cognitive mechanisms underlying face and object recognition. This summer she is working under the tutelage of Justin Harris, investigating the role of play in education. In the future Rebecca plans on continuing research which relate to her interests in either developmental psychology, special education or neuroscience before pursuing further studies at the graduate level.


Mariah Arnold

Mariah Arnold is an undergraduate student at Ursinus College majoring in psychology and sociology. She is interested in education policy as well as the social skills gained through play. After graduation she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental or school psychology.


Dion Bullock

Dion Bullock is an undergraduate psychology student at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is interested in social and cognitive psychology. He plans on pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology and slowly moving into academia.


Jo Minton

Jo Minton is an undergraduate psychology major at the University of Pennsylvania. Drawn to the field from a young age, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in developmental psychology in hopes of one day contributing to autism research.

Summer Interns 2009

Carolyn Winslow
Asiah Lemon
Matthew Taylor
Katie Englander
Amy Hunt
Sara Braun

Summer Interns 2008

Pictured from left to right: Rosalind Brayfield, Bertha Nash, Jenna Swirsky-Sacchetti, Karla Diaz, and Miriam Novack.

Rosalind Brayfield

Rosalind Brayfield is an undergraduate student from Carleton College majoring in linguistics. She is currently studying first language acquisition and hopes to continue to do so as a lab coordinator after graduation. Rosalind’s long-term goals include pursuing graduate studies in the linguistics area and teach in academia.


Karla Diaz

Karla Diaz is an undergraduate student from Temple University. She was awarded an SROP fellowship from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation to acquire research experience in developmental psychology. After graduating, Karla plans on pursuing a master’s degree in sexual education.


Abby Grauman

Abby Grauman is from Cornell University. She is majoring in human development and will pursue job prospects that relate to her interests after graduation.


Rhea Miles

Rhea Miles is an undergraduate student from Cheyney University. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology, working with children and adolescents.


Bertha Nash

Bertha Nash is an undergraduate psychology student from California State University. She was also awarded an SROP fellowship from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation to gain research experience in developmental psychology. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and teach in academia.


Miriam Novack

Miriam Novack is an undergraduate student from the University of Maryland. After graduation, Miriam will pursue a Ph.D. in psychology and continue research on language with particular emphasis on the cognitive mechanisms behind second language acquisition.


Jenna Swirsky-Sacchetti

Jenna Swirsky-Sacchetti is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is completing a bachelor’s degree in romance languages with a minor in psychology. After graduating, she will be fluent in Italian, Spanish, and French!