Claudia Haase is an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Social Policy program at the School of Education and Social Policy, an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at the Department of Psychology, and a faculty associate at the Institute of Policy Research at Northwestern University. Claudia is the Director of the Life-Span Development Lab.
Emily Hittner is a PhD candidate in Human Development and Social Policy. Her research explores how emotional functioning across moments, days, and years predicts well-being and health across the lifespan. She has a special interest in emotional functioning in contexts of adversity (e.g., experiences of racial discrimination; low socioeconomic status). Her work to date show that emotions play a key role in mediating and moderating the consequences of adversity—for better or worse. Emily loves biking around the city (and across the country) and finding the best breweries in places she travels to.
Jacquelyn Stephens is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy program. Her research interests focus on how individuals generate and express their emotions, and what the implications are for well-being, health, and cognition. She is especially interested in how these emotional processes develop and evolve in family contexts, as well as in aging populations. In the LDL, she oversees facial coding efforts, which currently include SPAFF coding and automated facial expression analysis.
David Rompilla, who goes by DJ, is a PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program. He is broadly interested in topics related to emotion, emotion regulation, and motivation. His goal is to gain a well-rounded, practical understanding of emotion, how/when it is best regulated, and its relevant cognitive and psychophysiological processes. DJ’s recent work has explored the possible positives of negative emotions, the pros and cons of different “adaptive” emotion regulation philosophies (e.g., positive reframing, detachment/stoicism, acceptance/mindfulness), and how our emotion regulation abilities translate to general cognitive abilities. Apart from research, DJ loves sports, physical challenges, and learning new creative skills, such as playing and producing music.
Gabriela Pankova is a Research Assistant in the Life-Span Development Lab. She is very interested in conducting various types of research in psychology, and ultimately wants to help young adults suffering from depression and anxiety. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and plans to enter a PhD. program in psychology in the upcoming years. When not in lab, she loves to work out and travel.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Isabel Anaya is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services and Health Communications, and planning to attend medical school after Northwestern. She is interested in how couples’ language affects their relationship satisfaction. When not in lab, you can find her on the lake fill with friends or binge watching her latest TV obsession.
Jason Levin is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. He is interested in the relationship between emotion regulation and mental health. In lab, he works on writing scripts for experiments. He plans to attend medical school after Northwestern. Outside of lab, he enjoys watching sports and listening to music.
Jordyn Ricard is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services. She is interested in better understanding the impact of early life stress on development, and she is planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after Northwestern. Outside of lab, Jordyn enjoys reading for fun, going on walks, and trying new cooking recipes.
Sophie Rodosky is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services and International Studies. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the future. She is interested in understanding how various social and biological factors interact to influence emotional well-being, especially for children and adolescents. Outside of lab, she enjoys going for runs on the lake fill, baking, and curling up with a great book.
Jessy Feng Han is a third-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services and Neuroscience. She is interested in how mentality can be expressed through physiology. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling after graduation. Outside of lab, she enjoys doing Taekwondo and trying out new restaurants with friends. She is the lab administrator.
Marcianni Morillo is a third-year undergraduate student on the pre-medical track studying Psychology and Global Health. Marcianni is interested in understanding how individuals interact with each other throughout their lifetimes and how particular factors within their environment affect their current motivations and emotions. When not in lab, she enjoys biking and catching up on her favorite TV shows.
Jamila Wilson is a third-year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. She is interested in how emotions are expressed and regulated during times of stress. When not in lab, Jamila loves playing soccer and going into Chicago to explore the city.
Olivia Verbeke is a second-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services. After Northwestern she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Outside of school, Olivia enjoys running, discovering new music, and spending time with friends.
Samantha Watson is a second-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services and Spanish. She hopes to attend medical school in the future. Outside of lab, she loves to dance, engage with community service, and spend time with friends and family.
Mehmet Efe Umit is sophomore psychology and computer science student from Istanbul, Turkey. He is interested in Jungian/analytical psychology and discovering how the individual psyche can be developed in the pursuit of the quest for wholeness. His end goal is to be a professor of the two disciplines he is studying. Outside the academia, he likes to watch and discuss classic movies, read fantasy and science fiction novels, and follow the most recent updates on politics.
Josha Thomas is a second-year undergraduate student studying economics and psychology. She is interested in how emotion relates to decision-making regarding lifestyle choices, namely, health and fitness. She plans to attend business school after graduation. When not in the lab, she enjoys weight lifting and listening to audiobooks.
Our Fall ’19 lab gathering!
Nathan Moxon (MD candidate, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)
Deborah Wu (Ph.D. student, Psychology and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Sophia Magro (Ph.D. student, Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, University of Minnesota)
Jiaqi Yu (Ph.D. Student, Behavioral Marketing, University of Chicago)
Katherine Bae (Ph. D. candidate, Management & Organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)
Katie Rim (Ph.D. student, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland)
Laura Sevilla (Milieu Therapist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Jaclyn Pachicano (Ph. D. student, Clinical Psychology, Marquette University)
Olivia Shay (Programs Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools)
Lizzy Jang (Research Study Coordinator, All of Us Research Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)
David Huang (Rehabilitation Aide, Athletico)
Madilyn Fisher (Healthcare Consulting Analyst, Huron)
Carlos Belardi (Associate Data Analyst, Hireology)
Julia Thelen (Clinical Research Coordinator, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)
Chase Breimeier (Undergraduate Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis)
Ryan Svoboda (Quantitative Researcher, Facebook)