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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.


Spring 2014 Independent Study Researchers

Alex Cribbin, '14. Alexandra is a senior majoring in Psychology.  She joined Kid Think during the summer of 2013.  As a child, she enjoyed riding her motorized Barbie Jeep around the driveway.
Kathryn Graf, '14. Kathryn is a psychology major and joined Kid Think in the spring of 2013. She hopes to pursue a career working with children in a clincial setting. Kathryn's favorite Disney movie is The Lion King.


Spring 2014 Research Assistants

LAB MANAGER: 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. This is her first time in the Kid Think lab. 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!
Rosie DeRienzo '15. Rosie is a junior psychology major with a minor in business. This is her first time in the Kid Think lab. As a child, she enjoyed playing imaginary games such as “house” and “school.”  After graduating Providence College, Rosie looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in developmental psychology.
Hannah Dulmaine,'15. Hannah is a junior psychology major. This is her first semester working in the Kid Think lab. She hopes to go on to graduate school and pursue a career in occupational therapy. As a child, Hannah loved the Disney movie Cinderella and enjoyed playing outside.

Victoria Sanborn '15. Victoria is currently a junior and a psychology major, also pursuing a business studies certificate. She just joined Kid Think this January. As a child, she loved to play doctor and her favorite Disney movie was Cinderella.
Cristina Taylor '14. Cristina is a psychology major with a double minor in Sociology and Public and Community Service. She joined Kid Think in the summer of 2012. Her favorite color is blue, and growing up she liked to play “house”. Her favorite characters were The Sneetches from Dr. Seuss’s children’s books. She is pursuing a degree in medicine, hoping to specialize in child and adolescent mental health.

Emily Zalis '15. Emily is a psychology major and has just joined the Kid Think lab! 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! 

Kid Think Alumni


Katie Boguszewski '11. Katie managed Kid Think during the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Van Reet and Katie were co-authors on a poster presentation at the fall 2011 meeting of the Cognitive Development Society concerning the relationship between temperament and pretending in young preschoolers. She 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.

Annie Fast '13. Annie conducted her senior thesis project on preschool children's morality in pretense. She is now earning her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington.
Vanessa Fiasconaro '12. Vanessa is continuing her elementary/special education studies by working on a 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.

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. Colleen joined Kid Think in the Spring of 2010. After serving as a research assistant and then Lab Manager, she completed her own independent project to examine potential differences between pretending and fantasy. She is now working in on the Mass Math + Science Initiative.

Katie McNulty, '14. Katie was a Kid Think research assistant her junior year. She is interested in applying what she learned to pursuing a degree in nutrition.
Beth Moriarty '12. Beth managed Kid Think during the Spring of 2012.  She is now earning her Master's Degree in School Psychology at Tufts University.
Kelly Murner, '15. Kelly is a junior majoring in psychology. She joined Kid Think in the summer of 2013. Her favorite color is blue and growing up she enjoyed playing school. She is currently studying abroad.
Caitlin Penchoff, '14. Caitlin is a psychology major and was a Kid Think research assistant for over a year.

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. 

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.





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
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