Our Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows:

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 Senior Policy Associate at Altarum.

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 Domestic Research, Education, Research and Outreach 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 Assistant 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.

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 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)
Now a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania
 
Christina Baker
M.A., Psychology, Catholic University
Now a voice over actress and freelance producer.
 
Gina Dyson
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2001)
Now Associate Director of Student Affairs at Walden University
 
Rob Ellis
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2006)
J.D., American University
Now Lead Web Developer for Carnegie Institute of Washington and an Attorney
 
Edward Gonzales, Jr.
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2000)
 
David Huffaker
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2004)
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Now employed at Google
 
Eliza Jacobs
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2005)
Ph.D., Temple University
Now Research Analyst, Workforce Analytics at SHRM
 
Katherine Jacobs
Ph.D in Psychology from Georgetown University (2001)
Now Vice President and COO of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
 
Abby Jenkins
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2002)
Now Director of Content at PBS Kids
 
Sean Lai
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2003)
Now a senior manager at Foxconn
 
Brian Mahler
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2003)
J.D. from New England School of Law
Now an attorney
 
Katherine J. Murray
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2004)
Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University
Now a researcher at Stanford University
 
Katrina Pariera
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2009)
Now pursuing a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Southern California
 
Robert Ramsey
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology
 
Jennifer Wells
M.A. Communication, Culture and Technology (2006)
Now a Vice President at PlayCollective
 
Kirk Willard
M.A, Communication, Culture and Technology
 
Sean Zehnder
M.A., Communication, Culture and Technology (2002)
Now a Ph.D. Candidate in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern university (ABD)
Co-Founder and CTO at III Corporation (Meeps)

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Natasha Birnbaum
B.A., Psychology (2007)
Now a Program Manager at Luxury Education Foundation.
 
Brian Borromeo
B.A., Psychology (2012)
Now employed at Google.
 
Adrienne Bramlett
B.A., Psychology (2000)
 
Alessandra Caruso
B.A., Psychology (2013)
Now a research Assistant at NIH
 
Emily Conger
B.A., Psychology
MPP, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
 
Krista Engemann
B.A., Psychology and German (2013)
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 (2007)
Now a paralegal at  Jones Day
 
Melissa Friedman 
B.A., Psychology
Now pursuing Ph.D.
 
Lizann Gallagher 
B.A., Psychology
 
Maggie Girard
B.A., Psychology (2012)
Former File Clerk at Greenberg Taurig, LLP
Currently pursuing a JD at Columbia Law School
 
Samantha Goodrich
B.A., Psychology (2008)
Now pursuing a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut
 
Phillip Hammack 
B.A., Psychology (1998)
Ph.D at the University of Chicago
Now an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
 
Matthew Hammar 
B.A., Psychology (2001)
Now Vice President  at The Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh
 
Christine M. Hluchan
B.A., Psychology and Government
 
Jaclyn Horowitz
B.A., Psychology and English (2016) 
 
Alison Kuhl 
B.A., Psychology (2002)
 
Laura Phillipe Larson 
B.A., Psychology
M.A., Religious Studies, Yale Divinity School
 
Mickey Lee
B.A., Psychology (2005)
Now the owner of Moon Taiji One, a martial arts center in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
 
William Murray
B.A., Psychology (1998)
Now a senior manager at Starfish Retentions Solutions, Inc
 
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)
Now pursuing a MD at Vanderbilt University
 
Katherine Poplawski
B.A., Psychology (2013)
Now pursuing a MSW from the University of Chicago.
 
Michael Riboli
B.A., Psychology
 
Elana Richmond 
B.A., Psychology and English (2016) 
 
Kristin Savoye
B.A., Psychology (1999)
Now Director of Compensation at AppNexus NYC
 
Mollie Schmitz
B.A., Psychology (2008)
Now instructor at The Auburn School
 
Erin Shockey
B.A., Psychology
 
Elizabeth Seaman
B.A., Psychology (2012)
Now pursuing a PhD from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
 
Jennifer Torres Ortega
B.A., Psychology (2013)
 
Alex Verdaguer
B.A. in Psychology (2011)
Now a copywriter
 
Jessica Walsh
B.A., Psychology
Now pursuing a Masters of Education and Human Development at George Washington University in Early Childhood Special Education
 
Yevdokiya (Dussy) Yermolayeva
B.A., Psychology (2008)
Now pursuing a PhD in developmental psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Caroline Cotto
B.S. in Human Science, Georgetown University (2014)
Now teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as a Fulbright Fellow
 
Marybeth Arcodia
B.A. in Math, Georgetown University (2014)
Now and 11th grade teacher in Chuuk, Micronesia through WorldTeach 
 
Bridget Mullen
Expected B.A. in Psychology and English, Georgetown University (2015)
 
Elise DeDominicis
Expected B.A. in Psychology , Georgetown University (2015)
 
Molly Roach
Expected B.A. in Psychology, Georgetown University (2015)

Summer Interns:

Christine Hildreth
Expected B.A. in Psychology (2016) from Princeton University
 
Lindsay Rosenthal 
Expected B.A. in Child Psychology (2015) from Duke University
 
Miranda Nadeo
 Expected B.A. in Psychology (2018) from Pennsylvania State University
 
Elizabeth Fantini
Expected B.A. in Psychology (2018) from Syracuse 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., Communication, University of Southern California
CDMC Research Assistant
 
Genevieve Lai
CDMC Research Assistant