About Us: Research Team

Hello and thank you again for visiting the CDL!


The CDL is comprised of a team of stellar UNCW Departament of Psychology graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. Together, we are excited to have the opportunity to work towards making scientific discoveries regarding conceptual development during childhood and adulthood.















Simone Nguyen, Ph.D.


Dr. Nguyen is the director of the CDL and a professor of Psychology at UNCW. She is also on the Editorial Boards of Cognitive Development and Journal of Cognition & Development. Dr. Nguyen received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor





Graduate Students





Micah Hoggat, B.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington


Micah is a 2nd year graduate student in the Psychological Science Concentration in the Department of Psychology at UNCW. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Sociology from UNCW. Her special interests are in examining social influences on developing children. In the future, she plans on becoming a sports psychologist or child psychologist. 





Bella Seip, B.A., University of Notre Dame


Bella is a doctoral student in the General Clinical Ph.D. program at UNCW. She recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she earned her bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Behavior. Bella loves all research related to cognitive development but has a special interest in examining cognitive development in atypically developing children.










Bea Perry


Bea is a senior Psychology major at UNCW, and originally from Cary, NC. She is currently in her second year as a member of the Cognitive Development Lab, working on her honors thesis. She has an ongoing interest in child development, specifically the impact of chronic illness in childhood on cognitive development. In the future, she hopes to become either a Child Life Specialist, or a school psychologist.






 Trinity Williams


 Trinity is a senior at UNCW majoring in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies. She plans to pursue an MSW and become a licensed social worker. She is passionate about

 foster care children and providing them with the love, support, and resources they deserve. She hopes to work in the foster care system as a therapist. Trinity loves being a part of

 the Cognitive Development Lab because of her relationship with our diverse team and the exciting hands-on research!







Hannah Owings





Summer Dow











Alexis Longinetti, B.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington           


Alexis recently graduated from UNCW in May 2022 with a BA in Psychology. She has been in the CDL since August 2021. Alexis is currently an Elementary Special Education teacher for students in first, second, and third grade. She is also beginning the first phase of the MA in Teaching Special Education program at UNCC in the spring. Alexis is so excited to share about our research!












Kristy Brooks

Mychelle Denney

Amy Gaither

Niki Moehring

Kevin Frederick

Liz Nitzkin

Kim Canfield

Heather Mosier

Heather Rath

Krista Williams


Kristina Callan

Paige Gambill

Kristen Wilfong

Tess Chevalier

Bethany Kratoska

Ashley Noble

Alyssa Fritz

Julie Robinson 

Noelle Dupont

Mary Beth McCullough


Jamie Chaffman

Angela Pratt

Nina Thigpen

Scott Ferris

Lani Girgis

Bethany Wentworth

Taylor Gwyn

Ashley Morton

Tonya Vandenbrink

Bethany White

Chelsea Abraham

Kayeloni Everhart

Jessica Upperman

Ashleigh Griffin

Jenna Huff

Catherine McDermott

Ashley Parham

Lauren Bongiorno

Sophie Karp

Maggie Wolfe


Suzanne Gescak

Rebecca Bauer

Mindy Nguyen

Nathan Sharpton

Katherine McGirt

Hunter Reeves

Lauren Schmidt

Jessica Glenn

Ashlyn Russo

Lili Blue

Kathryn Swaim

Jenna Leon

Hannah Raftery

Grace Anne West

Sydney Podwika

Lili Askew