We feel very fortunate to have undergraduate research assistants from a variety of disciplines including child development, family studies, human biology, nutrition and psychology. Below are examples of how undergraduate researchers are involved in the lab.
Mothers' and Fathers' Supports for Toddler Self-Regulation: Madison Mohr, Meredith Joseph, Briana Ferman and post BA researcher Heather Barenhagen are coding toddlers' self-regulatory behaviors during a variety of lab tasks and parental supports of toddlers' regulatory attempts.
Maternal Mentalization: Monica Goodin, Nicole Negron, Caroline Dimas, Rachel Falzon, Emily DiGiovanni, and Johanna Sherry are coding mothers' perceptions of their children as characterized my mentalizing stances.
Maternal mind-mindedness: Keeley Robinson, Hannah Casselman, Emily VanRiper, Hannatu Sadiq, Kiri Pin, Alexis Jacobson and Brianne Pangrazzi are coding parental mind-mindedness during toddler free play tasks.
Simply Dinner- supports for Family Mealtimes: Gina Caccamo, Emily Mayer, and Mikayla Konopka, are involved in collecting weekly process evaluation data. Graduate students Hailey Choi, Jessica Williams and Mary Graham and undergraduate researchers Julia Bartus, Clara Devota, Mallory Kramer, Emily Schulz, Brianna Sholte, and Amanda Zimenski are coding aspects of family environment during meal time.
Hearts and Minds on Babies: Graduate students Jody Cook, Megan Lachmar and Danielle Merckling and undergraduate researchers Jess Altenberger, Hailey Beaudoin, Jaclyn Carbone, Amy Chmielewski, Katie Diepstra, Caroline Dimas, Sapphire Ellington, Lyndsey Huey, Ariel Jordan, Muhammad Pervaz, Batoul Sadek, Maya Ganapathy, Shane Kernohand, Praheetha Muthuvinayagream, Amanda Ooommen, Chelsea Tobias work on the Hearts and Minds on Babies study (Claire Vallotton, MSU PI; Holly Brophy-Herb, Co-I) including administering interviews on reflective functioning, administering toddler self-regulatory tasks, and implementing observations of interactions.