Research Assistants

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 junior, 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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Nicole Morejon, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Fall 2018 - present

Nicole is a junior at Florida International University pursing a bachelors degree in Psychology. She is interested in going to medical school to become a pediatrician. Her goals are to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases. After graduating she plans to get a masters. Nicole is currently working on the project examining the contributions of executive function to individual differences in preschool children's spatial abilities.

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Karla Perera

Karla Perera, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Spring 2018 - present

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. Karla currently works on our research project exploring the relations between executive function and spatial ability in preschool children.

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Rachel Warman

Rachel Warman, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Spring 2018 - present

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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