CogDevLab Members

Current Lab Members 


 Hollie Clifton is a senior from Corbin, KY. She is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in biology. After she graduates in December, she plans to pursue a career in medicine with hopes to one day be a pediatrician.

 Jocelyn Martin is a from Russell, KY. She is getting a dual degree in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Pharmacology. After college, she plans to attend pharmacy school and attain her PharmD. 

  Elizabeth Shaf is from Charleston, West Virginia. She is a junior majoring in Psychology in the Psychology Scholars program and minoring in Spanish. She plans to pursue a doctorate in Occupational Therapy after graduating from the University of Kentucky. 

  Mya Welch is from Cleveland, Ohio. She recently graduated from UK in May with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently taking a gap year before applying to grad school, where she hopes to pursue her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She loves running and going hiking with her dog.

Sanjana Rahman is from Frankfort, Kentucky. She is a third-year majoring in Psychology on the Pre-med track. She hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatrician in the future. In her free time, she likes to play tennis, read fantasy books, and hang out with friends.

  Jana Shelley is from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Family Science. After undergraduate, Jana plans to obtain her doctoral degree in Psychology and further her career researching children’s development. 

Ash Pechon is a junior from Hurricane, West Virginia. She is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with minors in Criminology and Philosophy. After college, Ash plans to continue her education and purse a PhD in Psychology. 

Kat Brown is from Clearwater, Florida and she is a graduate student who entered the Developmental Social Health PhD program in Fall 2022. She has many research interests including improving mathematics education with teacher feedback, technology, and understanding the student experience. Kat hopes to one day become a professor at a teaching-focused university. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, reading, playing tennis, going to community events, and cooking. 

  Rae Cascio is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology on the pre-optometry path. She hopes to one day become a pediatric optometrist. In Rae’s free time, she loves to kayak, lift weights, and play with her three dogs. 

Julie Shirah is a graduate student who entered the Developmental, Social, Health Psychology PhD program in Fall 2020. She has many research interests relating to cognitive development. For her master’s thesis she is interested in how to improve individuals’ understanding of mathematics through activating prior knowledge and providing feedback. For her dissertation she is interested in contextualizing math problems.

Alana Lancaster is a senior from Louisville, KY. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminology, and plans on attending graduate school for Clinical Psychology. She hopes to eventually become a pediatric therapist. In her free time, she likes to read, spend time with her friends, and visit her family and two dogs.