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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 associate 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 2017 

Danielle Caddick '18. Danielle is a Psychology major, additionally earning a Business Studies certificate. She loves working with children and hopes to further her education in Developmental Psychology. She looks forwards to the new research being conducted in lab this year!

Mikaila Christopher '17. Mikaila is a Psychology major and History minor. Last semester she did an Independent Study project, investigating if children can learn false emotions through pretend play. 

Dominique Lucier '18. Dominique is an Elementary/Special Education major. She worked on a research project with elementary students last semester and enjoyed it so much that she has decided to join our research team. She looks forward to learning more about Kid Think and the research that will be done this year!

Anna Roy '17. CO-LAB MANAGER. Anna is a Psychology major and is excited to join the lab for her third semester. Growing up she loved playing dress up and making up stories with her friends. After graduation Anna hopes to continue her studies in Developmental Psychology.
Jamie Russo '17. CO-LAB MANAGER. Jamie is a Psychology major earning a Business Studies certificate. She has really enjoyed working and playing in the lab for the past year and is excited for all the new opportunities coming up. Following graduation, she hopes to eventually pursue a graduate degree in psychology and one day work in a school.

Josette Tugander '19. Josette is a Psychology major in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in the lab this year as it allows her to combine her love of working with children and her interest in Psychology. She is looking forward to a great year at Kid Think!

Emily Ventura '18. ​Emily is a junior Psychology major. She hopes to one day become a Speech-language Pathologist. Emily loves working with kids especially in the summer as a Camp Counselor. 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. 

Angeline Lillard, Ph.D., University of Virginia 

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.

Danielle Colabatistto '16. Danielle's senior thesis explore the role of fantasy in school age children's math learning. She is now earning a Masters in School Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

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.   

Emma Duffy '16. Emma is participating in the City Year program in Boston and then hopes to become a Child Life Specialist.

Lauren Elia ’16. Lauren plans to pursue a law degree. 

Michaela Fahey ’16. Michaela's senior thesis tested whether preschoolers can learn vocabulary in pretend play. She is now earning a graduate degree in speech language pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. 

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 earning a Masters in Counseling at Boston College. 

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 School Psychology. She hopes to specialize in childhood anxiety.

Ana León ’16. Ana's independent study explored children's understanding of ownership transfers. She is now earning a Masters degree in Neuroscience and Education at Columbia University.

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 sen​ior thesis was a critical review of why pretending is difficult for autistic children. She is working as a research assistant before pursuing a degree in clinical psychology.

Kelly Sheehan '11. Kelly is continuing her studies of child development! She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Northwestern University, working primarily in David Uttal's lab. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Media and Human Development.

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 recently earned a Master's in School Psychology at Northeastern University.