DUCK Lab People
Dr. Janet Boseovski (B.Sc., University of Toronto; M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Queen’s University) is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and Co-Director of the DUCK Lab. Her research examines children’s understanding of their social world, including children’s trait judgments about people (e.g., moral character) and their ability to rely on others appropriately to learn about the world (e.g., differentiating experts from non-experts). New interests include children’s learning in informal settings, adults’ critical thinking about parenting, and young adults’ feelings about becoming parents.
Janet’s research has been published in professional academic journals such as Child Development and Developmental Psychology, and her work has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is a Faculty member of the Center for Developmental Science and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Janet speaks in the community regularly about issues related to child development and she recently created “Crafts & Conversation”, a community-engaged event for children and families in the Greensboro community. In her spare time, Janet enjoys lifting heavy things (i.e., resistance training), running, Ashtanga yoga, and hiking all over the USA and Canada. She also spends (too much) time listening to science and lifestyle related podcasts and music, and watching inter-species animal interaction videos.
Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (B.Sc., McGill University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto) is a Professor and Co-Director of the DUCK Lab, as well as the Head of the Department of Psychology. Broadly, his research focuses on how children learn to control their behavior in challenging circumstances, with an emphasis on the role of reflection.
Stuart’s research has been published in professional academic journals such as the Journal of Cognition and Development and Developmental Science, and his work has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Development and completing his term as an Associate Editor of the APA journal Developmental Psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys cheering for ill-fated sports teams, enjoying fine foods, and really enjoying not-so-fine foods.
Dr. Chris Erb is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. Chris' research explores how children develop the capacity to control their thoughts and actions. In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading, photography, and cooking.
Graduate Students/Lab Managers
Kathleen Bettencourt (B.S., University of Mary Washington; M.A., UNCG) is a fourth year graduate student in the lab. Kathleen's research interests include the development of episodic and autobigraphical memory and how these are related to other cognitive abilities. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys going to sporting events, binge-watching NBC comedies, and challenging Jessica in Harry Potter trivia.
Jessica Caporaso (B.S., High Point University; M.A., UNCG) is a fourth year graduate student and lab co-manager. Jessica’s research interests include the development of cognitive control and social competence. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys baking, hanging out with the Caporaso house marauder/dog, Luna (Lovegood), and losing to Kathleen in Harry Potter trivia.
Rachel Croce (B.A., University of Maryland) is a second year graduate student in the lab. Rachel's research interests include children's socio-cognitive development, most specifically in their social decision making. In Rachel's spare time, she enjoys playing board games, going to concerts, and attending sports events.
Kimberly Marble (B.A., M.A., UNCG) is a fourth year graduate student and lab co-manager. Kimmy's research interests include children's social judgments in cultural settings and the cognitive skills that support these judgments. In her spare time, Kimmy enjoys hiking, binge-watching Star Trek (fingers crossed for the re-boot!), and snuggling with her psych-savvy cat, Gilbert (Gottlieb).
Andrea Yuly (B.A., University of Virginia) is a second year graduate student in the lab. Andrea's research interests include investigating children's perceptions of marginalized social groups. More specifically, she is interested in the influence of stereotypes on children's subsequent preferences, status evaluations, and trait-based reasoning about individuals. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys indulging in sweets and re-watching Grey's Anatomy.
Undergraduate Student Researchers
Emily Herry is a junior psychology major in the lab. She loves research and is looking forward to gaining even more research experience in a developmental lab. Her research interests include the effect of relational bonds on development across the lifespan. In her free time, Emily enjoys sewing, reading, baking, crafting, and spending time with her loved ones.
Tatyannah King is a Psychology and Spanish double major in the lab. Tatyannah is very excited to gain research experience in child development. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, traveling around the world, and embarking in adventurous activities that give her an adrenaline rush.
Andrew McBride is a senior psychology major in the lab. He is excited to have the chance to gain research experience in the field of developmental psychology. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading and playing frisbee.
Marie Pastorino is a senior psychology major in the lab. She is interested in child psychology and is very excited to be a part of a lab dealing with developmental research. In her free time Marie enjoys hiking, taking on art projects and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Suchy is a senior psychology major in the lab. Natalie's research interests include children's learning and social development. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys running, baking, and seeing live music
Kailei Trippi is a senior psychology major in the lab. Her research interests include understanding how people make parenting choices. In her spare time, Kailei enjoys reading and spending time with her closest friends and family.
Logan Varker is a sophomore at UNCG pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology and Spanish. The DUCK Lab is his opportunity to get hands-on experience with research methods. In his sparse free time, Logan loves reading Star Wars novels, painting, drawing, lifting moderately heavy things, and spending time with friends.
Aarushi Ahuja is a junior at the Early College at Guilford and volunteer in the lab. Aarushi's research interests include the Halo effect and theory of mind. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, programming, knitting, and discovering new genres of international music.
Amber Campos is a volunteer in the lab. Amber's research interests include the relation between social and emotional processes and behavior. In her spare time, Amber enjoys reading, tea, and just about anything outdoors.
Kamya Vijayakrishnan received her Master’s in Social Work (Med & Psy) and M.S in Counseling & Psychotherapy, then worked as an Educational Therapist & Counselor for children with specific learning disabilities. Kamya is excited to be studying cognitive development in older adults now. In her spare time, Kamya enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, exploring new cities with her husband and loves to cook. She loves apple pies and red velvet cheesecakes.