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Meet the Kid Think Team

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 2015 Independent Study Students

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. 

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.

Fall 2015 Research Assistants 

Maria Alfieri, '17. Maria is a Health Policy & Management and Psychology double major. She has always loved running and just ran her first marathon this summer. She is eager to start working in the lab and plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology after graduation.

Mikaila Christopher '17. Mikaila is a rising junior psychology and history double major. She has been a dancer since the age of six and continues to dance at Providence College. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a degree in child clinical psychology.

Emma Duffy '16. LAB MANAGER. Emma is a rising senior psychology major and business studies minor. Growing up, she always wanted to be both a teacher and a bus driver because riding the bus to kindergarten was her favorite. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education by completing a graduate degree in developmental psychology.

Anna Roy ’17. Anna is currently a sophomore psychology major. She is new to the Kid Think lab and looks forward to learning more about how children learn and pretend. Growing up Anna’s favorite movie was The Little Mermaid and she loved to play dress up!
Jamie Russo '17. Jamie is a rising junior psychology major with a business studies minor. Growing up her favorite activity was gymnastics and you could usually find her doing cartwheels and splits wherever she went. She is excited to start working in the lab and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology in the future.​

And, meet our Friends! 


Annie Fast '13. Annie is now earning her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington. She and Dr. Van Reet are following up on her senior thesis project on preschool children's morality in pretense.
David Sobel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the Mind and Causality Lab, Brown University
Robin Meisner, Ph.D., Director of Exhibits, & Suzy LeTourneau, Ph.D., Providence Children's Museum

Kid Think Alumni


Katie Boguszewski '11. Katie spent some time working toward her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Virginia.

Amanda Colletti '09. After several years working as a research assistant in Providence, Amanda earned 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 in a Master's program in Art Therapy.
Rosie DeRienzo ’15. Rosie's senior thesis examined whether children could learn prosocial behaviors from fantastical stories. She looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in developmental psychology.  
Lauren Elia ’16. Lauren plans to pursue a law degree.
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.

Gabriella Galeazzi '15. Gabbi's senior thesis explored whether children remember more or less from fantastical stories. She is beginning a Master's in Counseling at Boston College soon.
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 earned her Master's Degree in School Psychology at Tufts University.
Kelly Murner ’15. Kelly hopes to pursue a graduate degree in school or educational psychology. Her senior thesis investigated how to encourage school-age children to be incremental learners.

Victoria Sanborn '15.  Victoria's senior thesis was a critical review of why pretending is difficult for autistic children. She is taking some time off before pursuing a degree in clinical psychology.

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.
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