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.
Claire Yee is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Education and Social Policy, and the Department of Psychology at Northwestern. Her research focuses on the biological processes through which emotions facilitate close relationship formation, maintenance, and health. Her research emphasizes the unique contexts in which traditional relationship vulnerabilities can provide unexpected tradeoffs. She also studies the role of emotions and close relationships in the onset of psychosis. In addition to research, Claire can be found climbing or hanging upside down doing aerial yoga.
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
Carlos Belardi is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Economics. Carlos is interested in coding and works on the various programs used throughout the lab as Python Master. He’s also the lab’s Webmaster and keeps our website looking fresh. In his free time he enjoys going out with friends, gaming, and watching movies.
Maddy Fisher is a fourth-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) and the Lab Administrator.
Julia Thelen is a fourth-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.
Isabel Anaya is a third-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 third-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 third-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.
Jordyn Ricard is a third-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.
Jessy Feng Han is a second-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.
Marcianni Morillo is a second-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.
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