People: Graduate Students

Madeline Harms

Madeline Harms

Madeline is working with Dr. Thomas to investigate the neural correlates of facial emotion processing in school-age children. Madeline graduated from Wellesley College in 2008, where she did research on the relationship between executive function and theory of mind in preschool children. She then worked for two years at the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, part of the National Institute of Mental Health. There, she researched behavior and brain development in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Broadly, she is interested in potential relationships between emotion processing, executive function, and social cognition.

Amanda Hodel

Amanda Hodel

Amanda is a fifth-year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. Amanda received a BS in Child Psychology and a BS in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is primarily interested in the role of early experience in brain development, particularly in the domains of attention and learning.

Kelly Jedd

Kelly Jedd

Kelly is a second-year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. Kelly graduated from Whitman College in 2011, where she researched the effects of poverty on infant attention. She is primarily interested in the effects of early experience and caregiving on brain development, especially in the context of adversity or socioemotional deprivation. Additionally, Kelly is interested in using fMRI to investigate the interaction between cognition and emotion to better understand the development of resilient processes.