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.
Ryan Svoboda is a PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program in the School of Education and Social Policy and a Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellow through the Institute of Education Sciences. His research examines the interplay between identity, motivation, and emotion as pathways to support and promote student achievement. He uses both laboratory and field experiments as well as longitudinal studies to examine the relationship between these psychological beliefs and student achievement. Recent work includes a longitudinal study examining the association between parental education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and technology) course-taking in high school and college and how this relationship is partially explained by parents’ and students’ motivation and identity beliefs regarding STEM. Other projects include a lab study examining achievement and power motives as predictors of work motivation and a parent-centered intervention designed to boost discussions between 8th grade parents and their student.
Emily Hittner is a PhD student in Human Development and Social Policy. Her research interests are at the intersection of psychology, biology, and well-being across the lifespan. She examines ways in which chronic stress shape stress biology, emotion functioning, and long-term outcomes in education and health. Emily is an avid cyclists and has biked across the country twice. Her upcoming adventures include hiking Kilimanjaro and biking through her 50th state (Alaska).
Jacquelyn Stephens Jacquelyn is a PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy program. In her research, she takes a lifespan approach to studying the underlying psychobiological processes behind protective and prosocial skills that aid in successful development. Other interests include the transmission of traits from parents to children through genetic and environmental processes and the role of stress in parenting. Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, and reading in her hammock.
David Rompilla, also known as DJ, is a research coordinator for the Life-span Development Lab at the School of Education and Social Policy. He is generally interested in topics related to emotion, emotion regulation, and motivation. His current goal is to gain a well-rounded understanding of emotion regulation and relevant cognitive and psychophysiological processes. DJ’s most recent projects have explored the possible positives of negative emotions and how people may up-regulate negative emotions (e.g., anger) to facilitate adaptive behavior. Besides research, DJ is very curious about music interests and is constantly exploring his own. Since childhood, he has observed that melodic skate-punk is the type of music he has been most consistently drawn towards.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
David Huang is a fourth-year undergraduate studying psychology and Japanese. He is very interested in how the intersections of spheres of life can ultimately impact an individual’s well-being and mental health. In lab, he is working on facial coding and autonomic physiology data. Despite being allergic to cats and dogs, he is irresistibly drawn to them.
Olivia Shay is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Psychology with a minor in Global Health. She is particularly interested in the intersection of health, well-being, and socioeconomic status and plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health. Outside the lab, she loves baking, hiking, and scouting out new coffee shops in Evanston and Chicago.
Julia Thelen is a third-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services, planning to attend medical school after Northwestern. She is interested in how social determinants, health, and emotional well-being interact. Outside of lab she enjoys hiking, petting dogs, and finding fun places to eat around Chicago.
Jordyn Ricard is a second-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services and Global Health. She is planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after Northwestern. She loves pasta, reading, going for walks.
Isabel Anaya is a second-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.
Lizzy Jang is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Psychology and Biology. Her research interests include how emotions and physiology synchronize between romantic partners and how that can impact marriages. Outside of lab, she enjoys singing, watching Friends, and having deep conversations about life over some tea and cupcakes.
Maddy Fisher is a third-year undergraduate student studying Psychology and Learning and Organizational Change in SESP. She is interested in studying facial coding and seeing how emotions expressed this way translate to well-being. She recently purchased a pair of Heely’s and hopes to whip down Sheridan road racing bikers (in the new bike lane). She is a proud mother of two (cats).
Jason Levin is a second-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
Caroline Morris is a second-year undergraduate student studying Human Development and Psychological Services. After graduation, she is planning on pursuing a Master’s degree in elementary education. She is interested in the role that emotions play in cognition. Caroline loves to play tennis and giggle hysterically while watching New Girl.
Carlos Belardi is a third-year undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Economics. He plans to work in product development in the tech industry after Northwestern an possibly return to Kellogg for an MBA! Carlos is interested in coding and works on the various programs used throughout the lab. In his free time he enjoys going out with friends, reading, and watching movies.
Wenbo Zhang is a first-year undergraduate student studying Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences. In the lab, he is interested in the intersection between emotion and physiological responses. Wenbo is always sharing the latest fashion trends with the lab and never fails to dress to impress.
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