Undergraduate Students

Virginia Hollatz

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Virginia is a fourth year undergraduate student from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Gerontology and Disability Studies. Since joining the lab her sophomore year, she has most enjoyed taking part in the narrative study, assessing head start children aged 3 to 5 years old. For her honors thesis, she has been examining the presence of digital technology use in the lives of homeschooled and schooled children. Following her graduation, Virginia aspires to continue researching in graduate school.

Toreya Townsend

Toreya is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. She has minors in Child Studies along with Business Management and Leadership. Toreya has been working in Dr. Harris’s lab since the beginning of her junior year. She enjoys being able to be so involved in practical research and appreciates the hands on experience Dr. Harris has afforded her. Her favorite part of working in Dr. Harris’s lab has been working on the Narrative project and being able to directly interact with preschool age children. Upon graduating in May, Toreya will be serving with City Year, Cleveland as she has a passion for serving and educating underrepresented youth from underserved communities.

Samantha Anderson

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-9-34-36-pmSamantha Anderson has been part of Dr. Harris’ parent-child interaction lab since her junior year. She will be graduating in May with degrees in psychology and family science. Being able to interact directly with children and be such an active role in the research process has greatly influenced her future aspirations. Following  her graduation, she hopes to pursue a career working with children in a clinical setting.

Reagan Brown

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 3.07.13 PM.pngReagan is a first year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with Pre-law track. As a freshman student Reagan is hungry for lab experience and developing her data-coding and research skills. She is working with Dr. Harris due to her interest in observing interpersonal interactions and quantifying qualitative data. Developing her writing, planning, and observational skills, Reagan hopes to learn at a young academic stage how to properly conduct research. She hopes to minor or double major with Religion and continue the path to becoming a competitive law school applicant.

Karmiella Ferster

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 2.59.50 PM.pngKarmiella is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. Working with children has always been a passion for Karmiella, which is something Dr. Harris’ lab explores. Karmiella hopes to learn about different research skills, proper experiment etiquette, and a variety of methods on working with children for research purposes. After graduating Miami University, Karmiella plans on going through a dual PhD program in Psychology as well as Creative Writing.

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