Our Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Naomi Aguiar, Ph.D.
Dr. Aguiar received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.  Her research focuses on children’s concepts of virtual characters and social robots, and how these concepts change over the course of development and through experience with these technologies.  She is also interested in children’s experiences of fully immersive virtual environments, and their concepts of the characters that inhabit these spaces.  Dr. Aguiar is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

Bradley Bond, Ph.D.
Dr. Bond received a BA (’04) in communication from Bradley University before completing his MA (’06) and PhD (’11) in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Dr. Bond’s focus is on media psychology; his research examines the relationship between media exposure and sexual identity development during adolescence. At the CDMC, he was involved in multiple National Science Foundation-funded projects examining the media experience during early childhood. He is currently a Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of San Diego.

Alice Ann Howard Gola, Ph.D.
Dr. Gola received a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research at the CDMC focused on investigating how the language and features of screen media influence very young children’s social and cognitive development. She is currently a Social Science Research Analyst at the USDA.

Jennifer Kotler-Clarke, Ph.D.
Dr. Kotler has been studying the influences of media on children for the past twelve years. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Texas at Austin where she spent her time as a researcher at the Center for Research on Influences of Television on Children. She subsequently received post-doctoral training at Georgetown University where she coordinated the Children and Media Project, which assessed children’s learning from educational television. She is now Assistant Vice President of Content Research & Evalutation at Sesame Workshop.

Tiffany Pempek, Ph.D.
Dr. Pempek received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests focus on the impact of media on development and the cognitive processes involved in children’s media use. Her work centers around understanding the attentional processes employed in children’s media use as well how this knowledge informs our general understanding of the development of the attention systems early in life. Dr. Pempek’s primary research goals are to understand media use in two specific domains: very early development and children’s health issues. She is now Associate Professor of psychology at Hollins University.

Kate Brunick, Ph.D.

Dr. Brunick received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY after receiving B.A.s from The College of William and Mary in Psychology and Linguistics. Her research focuses on formal features of children’s media, and how low-level parameters of contingency can be manipulated to help children learn from “interactive” television and media characters. Her research goal is understanding how low-level perceptual and cognitive features of media can be effectively used to maximize learning from screen media.  She is now a Research Analyst at Zero To Tree.

 

Doctoral Graduates:

Amanda Staiano (Exner), M.P.P., Ph.D.
Dr. Staiano earned a Masters in Public Policy at GPPI and her Ph.D. in the Human Development and Public Policy track of the Psychology department at Georgetown University. Her main research focus was on the effects of exergames (i.e. video games that require gross motor activity) on adolescents’ physical, cognitive, and social health.. She is now an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Director of the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory.

Alexis Lauricella, Ph.D.
Dr. Lauricella earned her Ph.D. in the Human Development and Public Policy track of the Psychology department at Georgetown University. She developed an interest in developmental psychology and media through her undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her experience at Sesame Workshop. She is now a Lecturer and Research Associate at Northwestern University, where she was formerly a post-doctoral fellow for Dr. Ellen Wartella

Melissa Richards, M.P.P., Ph.D.
Melissa earned her Masters in Public Policy and her Ph.D. in the Human Development and Public Policy track of the Psychology department at Georgetown University. Her main research focus was on children’s attachments to media characters and how this may affect children’s learning from screen technologies. Melissa is now completing her Postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the lab of Dr. Marc H. Bornstein.

 

Graduate Research Assistants:

Barrie Adleberg
M.A., Culture, Communication, and Technology (2013) from Georgetown University
Now a Lab Associate and Interaction Designer at the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
 
Christina Baker
M.A., Psychology, Catholic University
Now an author
 
Gina Dyson
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2001) from Georgetown University
J.D. (2015) from University of Baltimore
Now Senior Director of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at Walden University
 
Rob Ellis
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2006) from Georgetown University
J.D. (2011) from American University
Now a Solution Architect at Acquia and an Attorney
 
Elizabeth Fantini
B.S., Psychology (2018) from Syracuse University
Now a 2d Lieutenant in the United States Air Force
 
Edward Gonzales, Jr.
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2000) from Georgetown University
 
David Huffaker
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2004)
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Now Senior Staff UX Research at Google
 
Eliza Jacobs
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2005) from Georgetown University
Ph.D., Mass Communication/Media Studies (2009) from Temple University
Now Associate Director of Consumer Insights at PBS
 
Katherine Jacobs
Ph.D., Psychology (2001) from Georgetown University
Now President of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
 
Abby Jenkins
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2002) from Georgetown University
Now Senior Director of Content at PBS Kids Digital
 
Sean Lai
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2003) from Georgetown University
Now a Project Line Lead at Ubiquiti Networks
 
Brian Mahler
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2003) from Georgetown University
J.D. from New England School of Law
Now an attorney
 
Katherine J. Murray
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2004) from Georgetown University
Ph.D., Communication from Stanford University
Now a researcher at Stanford University
 
Katrina Pariera
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2009) from Georgetown University
Ph.D., Communication (2014) from the University of Southern California
Now an Assistant Professor of Communication at George Washington University
 
Robert Ramsey
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University
 
Jennifer Wells
M.A. Communication, Culture and Technology (2006) from Georgetown University
Now a Vice President at PlayCollective
 
Kirk Willard
M.A, Communication, Culture and Technology (2001) from Georgetown University
Now a Territory Sales Director at DealerOn Inc
 
Sean Zehnder
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2002) from Georgetown University
Now CTO of Consolo Services Group
 
 

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Marybeth Arcodia
B.A., Math (2014) from Georgetown University 
 
Natasha Birnbaum
B.A., Psychology and Theology (2007) from Georgetown University
Now VP at Global Partnerships and Mogul at Work
 
Brian Borromeo
B.A., Psychology (2012) from Georgetown University
Now a copywriter at Form & Fiction
 
Adrienne Bramlett
B.A., Psychology (2000) from Georgetown University
Now an attorney
 
Alessandra Caruso
B.A., Psychology (2013) from Georgetown University
Now a research Assistant at NIH
 
Sana Charania
B.S., Biology of Global Health (2017) from Georgetown University
Now an RA II at Yale University
 
Emily Conger
B.A., Psychology from Georgetown University
MPP, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
 
Caroline Cotto
B.S., Human Science (2014) from Georgetown University
Now a Farm Apprentice at an organic farm in Italy
 
Elise DeDominicis
B.A., Psychology (2015) from Georgetown University
 
Krista Engemann
B.A., Psychology and German (2013) from Georgetown University
MBA in Management and International Business from Iona College (2014)
Now pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Science at UNCC (expected 2018)
 
Kevin Englert
B.A., Psychology and Spanish (2007) from Georgetown University
Now the Senior Manager of Video Ad Solutions at Buzzfeed
 
Audra Fitzgerald
B.A., Linguistics and Spanish (2018) from Georgetown University
 
Melissa Friedman 
B.A., Psychology
Now pursuing Ph.D.
 
Marie Frolich
B.A., Psychology (2018) from Georgetown University
Now pursuing a DPT from Columbia University 
 
Lizann Gallagher 
B.A., Psychology
 
Maggie Girard
B.A., Psychology (2012) from Georgetown University
J.D. (2017) from Columbia Law School
Currently an attorney at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
 
Samantha Goodrich
B.A., Psychology (2008) from Georgetown University
Now pursuing a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut
 
Phillip Hammack 
B.A., Psychology (1998) from Georgetown University
Ph.D. from University of Chicago
Now a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
 
Matthew Hammar 
B.A., Psychology (2001) from Georgetown University
Now VP and Learning Manager at PNC
 
Annabelle Heisley
Expected B.A. in Psychology (2019) from Georgetown University
 
Christine M. Hluchan
B.A., Psychology and Government (2008) from Georgetown University
M.D. (2017) from Georgetown University School of Medicine
Now a resident at John Hopkins University
 
Jaclyn Horowitz
B.A., Psychology (2016) from Georgetown University
Now Program Manager of the Learning and Development Lab at Georgetown University 
 
Alison Kuhl 
B.A., Psychology (2002)
 
Genevieve Lai
B.S., International Health (2018) from Georgetown University
 
Laura Phillipe Larson 
B.A., Psychology from Georgetown University
M.A., Religious Studies (2010) from Yale Divinity School
 
Mickey Lee
B.A., Psychology (2005) from Georgetown University
Now the owner of Moon Taiji One, a martial arts center in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
 
Kristina Lignell
Expected B.A. in Computer Science and German (2020) from Georgetown University
 
Angella Liu
B.A., Psychology (2018) from Georgetown University
Now pursuing a M.D. and MBA from Duke University
 
Brigid McCaffrey
B.A., Psychology (2018) from Georgetown University
 
Bridget Mullen
B.A., Psychology and English from Georgetown University (2015)
Now an Account Executive at McCann New York
 
William Murray
B.A., Psychology (1998) from Georgetown University
Now a User Experience Designer at Fidelity Investments
 
Christine Paces
B.A., Psychology
 
Georgia Papatheodorou
B.A., Psychology (2009)
 
Jacqueline Pasulka
B.A., Psychology (2012)
Now a Research Assistant at Loyola University Chicago
 
Marta Perez
B.A., Psychology and Biology (2010) from Georgetown University
M.D. (2014) from Vanderbilt University
Now a Gynecologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
 
Katherine Poplawski
B.A., Psychology (2013) from Georgetown University
MSW (2016) from the University of Chicago
Now works in Customer Success & Acquisition at Triggr Health
 
Alessandra Puccio
B.A., Psychology and English (2017) from Georgetown University
Now a Junior Associate Producer at DailyMailTV
 
Michael Riboli
B.A., Psychology
 
Elana Richmond 
B.A., Psychology and English (2016) from Georgetown University
Now a Program Coordinator at Screening for Mental Health Inc.
 
Molly Roach
B.A., Psychology (2015) Georgetown University
Now volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteers Corps
 
Kristin Savoye
B.A., Psychology (1999) from Georgetown University
Now a Human Resources Consultant at Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
 
Mollie Schmitz
B.A., Psychology (2008)
Now instructor at The Auburn School
 
Nicole Schwab
Expected B.A. in Psychology (2018) from Georgetown University
 
Erin Shockey
B.A., Psychology (2000) from Georgetown University
Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology (2008) from St. John’s University
Now a Clinical Psychologist at The Psychological Health Collaborative, PLLC
 
Elizabeth Seaman
B.A., Psychology (2012)
Ph.D., Behavioral and Community Health (2018)  from the University of Maryland
Now a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the National Cancer Institute
 
Jennifer Torres Ortega
B.A., Psychology (2013)
 
Alex Verdaguer
B.A., Psychology and Linguistics (2011) from Georgetown University
M.B.A., (2018) from UCLA
 
Jessica Walsh
B.A., Psychology
Now pursuing a Masters of Education and Human Development at George Washington University in Early Childhood Special Education
 
Charlotte Wright
B.A., Psychology (2016) from Georgetown University
 
Yevdokiya (Dussy) Yermolayeva
B.A., Psychology (2008) from Georgetown University
Ph.D., Psychology (2013) from Carnegie Mellon University
Now a Product and Marketing Manager at Verity International Limited
  
 

Summer Interns:

Christine Hildreth
B.A. in Neurobiology (2016) from Princeton University
 
Lindsay Rosenthal 
B.A. in Child Psychology (2015) from Duke University
 
Miranda Nadeo
Expected B.A. in Psychology (2018) from Pennsylvania State University
 
Lena Deb
Expected B.A. in Economics (2018) from Georgetown University
 
Katharine Shambaugh
Expected B.A. in Neuroscience and Psychology (2018) from Smith College
 
Lauren Webb
B.A. in Psychology (2015) from Georgetown University,  M.A. in Psychology (2017) from American University
Now pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University
 
 
 

Past Staff:

Lisa Alvy
B.A., Psychology
Now pursuing a Ph.D. at University of Illinois Chicago
 
Kimberly Charis
CDMC Research Assistant
M.S., Social Policy and Law
Now Project Associate at the National Association of State Boards of Education in Arlington, VA
 
Jessie Connell
CDMC Research Assistant
Now pursuing a Ph.D. in Family Social Science at University of Minnesota
 
Dan Galloway
CDMC Research Assistant
B.A., Psychology, Georgetown University (2013)
Now working at the American Psychological Association
 
Courtney Kent
CDMC Research Assistant
B.A., Psychology, Georgetown University (2011)
Now pursuing an MSW from University of California, Los Angelese
 
Elisabeth Mah
CDMC Research Assistant 
B.A., Psychology and East Asian Studies, Smith College (2015) 
Now a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan 
 
Bonnie Strong
CDMC Administrator
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology
Now Knowledge Management Consultant at International Resources Group in Washington, D.C.
 
Gabrielle Strouse
CDMC Research Assistant and Lab Manager
Ph.D in Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
Now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan
 
Amanda Terry
CDMC Research Assistant
 
Isabella Alvarez
B.A. in Communication (2016) from University of Southern California
CDMC Research Assistant