Team Members

unnamed 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. 
headshot-2 Marisa Putnam, M.P.P.
Marisa is a third year doctoral student in the Children’s Digital Media Center.  She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.  Her current research examines how children’s parasocial relationships with digital media characters influences children’s health and STEM learning outcomes.  She is also interested in the relation between parasocial relationships, gender, and learning of early STEM concepts.


  Brigid McCaffery
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brigid is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology. On campus, Brigid is a copy editor at The Hoya and a member of Relay for Life. In the future, Brigid hopes to pursue a career in I/O Psychology. 

Angella Liu
Undergraduate Research Assistant
 Angella is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology. On campus, Angella is actively involved as vice president of Habitat for Humanity and as community service chair for National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a part of Psi Chi. In the future, Angella hopes to be a pug-owning physician.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sana Charania is a senior at Georgetown university majoring in Biology of Global Health and minoring in Psychology. On campus, Sana is a head teaching assistant for Foundations of Biology I and is involved in The Triple Helix, an undergraduate science journal. In the future, Sana plans to pursue a career in healthcare or education.

Audra Fitzgerald
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Audra is a junior at Georgetown University planning to major in either Psychology or Linguistics. Outside of the CDMC, Audra is a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and pursues her love of languages through studying Spanish, French, and Italian. She hopes for a career that can incorporate her passion for Psychology with her other academic interests.

unnamed Marie Frolich
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marie is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. Outside the CDMC, Marie is the president of Georgetown’s club softball team and a sport-loving member of Hoya Blue, the official student section for Georgetown sports. In the future, Marie hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy.

fullsizeoutput_9494 Alessandra Puccio
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alessandra is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology, and minoring in English. When she’s not in the CDMC, Alessandra is busy editing The Fourth Edition, Georgetown’s official satirical online blog. She hopes to become a television journalist in the future, and plans on incorporating her newfound knowledge from the CDMC into her career.


charlotte Charlotte Wright
Research Assistant

Charlotte is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, with a major in Psychology. She is currently applying to graduate schools to pursue a career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.