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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.


Summer 2014 Research Assistants

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.
Lauren Elia ’16. Lauren is a junior psychology and English major. This summer is Lauren’s first time at Kid Think! 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.
Ana León ’16. Ana is a junior psychology and biology major. This summer is Ana’s first time working in the Kid Think Lab. 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. Kelly is a senior psychology major and business studies minor. Kelly joined Kid Think last summer and is very excited to begin working on the upcoming projects. Growing up, she liked to play school with her dolls. After graduation Kelly hopes to pursue a graduate degree in school or educational psychology.


Fall 2014 Research Assistants

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!
Danielle Colabatistto '16. Danielle is a sophomore psychology major and a member of the Neuroscience Certificate program. She hopes to one day become a pediatric neuropsychologist. One of Danielle's favorite childhood movies was Peter Pan, and she was even Tinker Bell three times for Halloween as a child!
Victoria Sanborn '15. Victoria is currently a junior and a psychology major, also pursuing a business studies certificate.  As a child, she loved to play doctor and her favorite Disney movie was Cinderella.

Emily Zalis '15. Emily is a psychology major. She hopes to pursue a career working with children. Growing up she loved playing veterinarian with stuffed animals and her favorite animal is a giraffe.

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.
Ashley Pinkham, Ph.D. Ashley is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan.
David Sobel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the Mind and Causality Lab, Brown University

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. After graduation, 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.

Kelsey Hardiman, '13. Kelsey is interested in using what she learned about child development to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

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.

Alex Male, '14. Alex is a Psychology and Health Policy Management double major. She is now conducting research in the Health Policy field.

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 in on the Mass Math + Science Initiative.

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.
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