Research Assistants

Daniela Alvarez

Daniela Alvarez, MARC U*STAR Fellow

Fall 2014 - Summer 2018

Daniela is a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in biology. On June 2016 she was awarded the Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) fellowship. She is currently working on a study examining the role of parent spatial talk on young children's developing spatial skills. Daniela is also developing her honor's thesis in which she will examine the relations between stereotype threat, spatial anxiety, and mental rotation ability in undergraduate students. Daniela plans on obtaining her Ph.D. in developmental psychology. Her research interests include individual differences, spatial abilities, educational policy, and pedagogy. Daniela started a Ph.D. in Education Psychology program at University of California, Irvine in Fall 2018.

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Carlos Jesus Desme

Carlos Jesus Desme, Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Fall 2017 - present

Carlos Jesus Desme obtained his bachelor degree in Psychology and is a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the lab. He would like to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in either Social or Developmental Psychology. He would like to examine the development of social skills in infants. Carlos is currently working on projects related to bilingualism and verb construal in undergraduate English-Spanish bilinguals. His role on the project is to transcribe and code the language provided when undergraduates were telling a story.

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Evan Soto Harrison

Evan Soto Harrison, MARC U*STAR Fellow

Fall 2016 - present

Evan is a sophomore, currently dual majoring in psychology and computer science. He intends to pursue a master’s in computer science and a doctorate in educational psychology. His primary interests lie within the field of education, looking to further our understanding and application of psychological constructs within current educational models. He plans to research intellectually gifted and special education populations, trying to understand the interaction between social, emotional, and intellectual factors, and their influence in the development of motivation, mental health, and academic achievement. Currently, Evan is working on two studies; the first looks to examine a correlation between anxiety disorders in children and their ability to process emotional words and map them. The other study observes the effects of flipped classrooms on the development of spatial reasoning. His career interests include lecture, research, educational software development, and starting a private school for exceptional students. In June 2018, Evan received the MARC U*Star Fellowship to continue his work in our lab.

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Rachel Warman, Research Assistant

Rachel is a junior at Florida International University, pursuing a degree in psychology. After graduating with her bachelor's degree, Rachel intends on continuing her education by attending graduate school to obtain her degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation for children and families. She would like to provide supports and strategies children and adolescents, in collaboration with their families, who are living with a chronic illness. Currently, Rachel is working on a new study exploring the role of executive function, working memory, and language on children's spatial abilities.

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Karla Perera, Research Assistant

Karla is a Junior at Florida International University currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is primarily interested in the relationship between the brain and human behavioral and cognitive function. After graduating she plans to pursue a master’s in neuropsychology, and subsequently, to become a Neurologist.

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