We have a remarkable group of people affiliated with Kid Think. Read a little about them and their childhood favorites below!
Jennifer Van Reet, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Dr. Van Reet is an assistant professor of psychology at Providence College, specializing in how our minds develop throughout childhood and into adulthood. She started Kid Think in the fall of 2008 to give her studies a home at PC and to give students interested in learning more about development a place to train. Growing up, she read every Nancy Drew book she could get her hands on. These days, if she was a children's character, she would be Owl from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Fall 2014 Student Researchers
Rosie DeRienzo ’15. Rosie is a senior psychology major with a minor in business. She joined the lab in the spring of 2014. As a child, she enjoyed playing imaginary games such as “house” and school.” After graduating from Providence College, Rosie looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in developmental psychology.
Gabriella Galeazzi '15. Gabbi is a psychology major and a member of the Neuroscience Certificate program. She joined Kid Think in spring of 2013. Her favorite Disney movie growing up was Sleeping Beauty and she loved to play with baby dolls!
Emily Zalis '15. Emily is a senior psychology major and is pursuing a Spanish minor. She joined the Kid Think lab in the spring of 2014. Emily hopes to pursue a career working with children in a clinical setting.
Fall 2014 Research Assistants
Danielle Colabatistto '16. Danielle is a junior psychology major and a member of the Neuroscience Certificate program and Business Studies Certificate program. This is her second semester in the Kid Think lab and she is looking forward to another exciting semester with the team. She hopes to one day become a pediatric neuropsychologist.
Lauren Elia ’16. Lauren is a junior psychology and English major. Growing up she was very involved with sports and is now playing on the Providence College Women’s Soccer Team. After completing her undergraduate work in psychology, Lauren plans to further her education in either developmental or health psychology.
Michaela Fahey ’16. Michaela Fahey is junior psychology major with an English minor. She joined the Kid Think lab this fall. She has enjoyed being an Irish step dancer since the age of 9, and one of her new favorite movies is Frozen. After graduating, Michaela hopes to go on to complete a graduate degree in speech language pathology or psychology.
Ana León ’16. Ana is a junior psychology and biology major. Her favorite Disney character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. After completing her undergraduate education, Ana hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.
Kelly Murner ’15, LAB MANAGER. Kelly is a senior psychology major and business studies minor. Kelly joined Kid Think the summer of 2013 and is very excited about the upcoming projects! She has enjoyed learning how children think and pretend through our fun studies and games. After graduation Kelly hopes to pursue a graduate degree in school or educational psychology.
Victoria Sanborn '15. Victoria is currently a senior psychology major, who is also pursuing a business studies certificate. She joined Kid Think the spring of 2014, and is thrilled to be a part of the lab. She is interested in clinical and school psychology.
Shaundry Swainamer ’15. Shaundry is a senior studying psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. As a child she used to tell people to call her Wendy in hopes that Peter Pan would take her to Never Land. After graduating, she plans to receive her Master's in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and work as a Clinical or Counseling Psychologist for families, children, and adolescents.
And, meet our Friends!
Ashley Pinkham, Ph.D. Ashley is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan.
Kid Think Alumni
Katie Boguszewski '11. Katie is now earning her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in Angeline Lillard's laboratory at the University of Virginia.
Amanda Colletti '09. After several years working as a research assistant in Providence, Amanda is now earning her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at URI.
Sarah Conway '09. Sarah's senior thesis on children's drawing and attention abilities was presented at a conference the year after she graduated.
Alex Cribbin '14. Alex is beginning a Master's program in Art Therapy.
Vanessa Fiasconaro '12. Vanessa is a teacher in New York City and earned her Master's Degree in Education at Hunter College.
Laura Filloramo '10. Laura earned her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Joseph's College in Connecticut.
Kathryn Graf '14. Kathryn's senior thesis explored the nuanced relationship between adolescent inhibitory control and abstract reasoning. She is working towards a Masters in Nursing.
Christina Lavigne, '13. Christina's senior thesis project investigated the relationship between inhibitory control and anxiety in middle childhood. She is now taking some time off before pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. She hopes to specialize in childhood anxiety.
Colleen McInnis '12. After serving as a research assistant and then Lab Manager, Colleen completed her own independent project to examine potential differences between pretending and fantasy. She is now working with a company that helps students study abroad.
Beth Moriarty '12. Beth is now earning her Master's Degree in School Psychology at Tufts University.
Kelly Sheehan '11. Kelly is continuing her studies of child development! She is earning her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Northwestern University, working primarily in David Uttal's lab.
Cristina Taylor '14. Cristina is pursuing a degree in medicine, hoping to specialize in child and adolescent mental health.
Arielle Wezdenko '13. Arielle's senior thesis found that children's prosocial behavior is affected by their inhibitory control. She is now earning a Master's in School Psychology at Northeastern University.