PEOPLE

LAB DIRECTOR

Melissa Koenig

Dr. Koenig is the Director of the Early Language and Experience Lab and an associate professor at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She teaches CPSY 4345 (Language Development), as well as undergraduate and graduate seminars on moral development and cognitive development. She specializes in early language development and theory of mind and her recent research focuses on children's evaluation of testimony, the bases upon which they credit knowledge to others and the epistemic significance of doubt.

LAB MANAGER

Caroline Hendrickson

Caroline Hendrickson

Caroline is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a major in Psychological Science and a Neuroscience minor. In her free time, she enjoys boating, being at the cabin, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her brother.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Erin Casey

Erin Casey

Erin is a fifth year graduate student at ICD who hails from Madison, Wisconsin. She is interested in the development of social cognition in early childhood. Specifically she has interests in young children's selective trust and theory of mind.

Chelsea Hetherington

Chelsea Hetherington

Chelsea is a fifth year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. She is broadly interested in social cognition, including children's understanding of social groups, prosocial and aggressive behavior, children's moral cognition, and theory of mind. Chelsea grew up in Michigan and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2009.

Annelise Pesch

Annelise is a first year graduate student at ICD. She is interested in social-cognitive development, including theory of mind, social learning, and executive function in early childhood. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2014 with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in philosophy.

Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth is a fifth year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. She's interested in language development, memory development, and theory of mind. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Sarah Suarez

 

Sarah Suarez

Sarah is a third year graduate student at the Institute of Child Development. She is interested in exploring the role of children's developing social knowledge in their everyday learning and thinking. Sarah grew up in Puerto Rico and received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 2011.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Brittany Blackwelder

Brittany Blackwelder

I am 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Minnesota. I am in the College of Liberal
Arts and I plan to major in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, with a minor in Spanish.

Abby Bogatz

Abby is a graduate student in the Speech Language Pathology Master's program at the University of Minnesota.She is interested in bilingualism and multiculturalism and their effect on speech and language development. Abbygraduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011 withmajors in Spanish and Psychology.

Angela Brown

My name is Angela Brown and I just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Language Hearing Science and Child Psychology. I hope to continue my education next fall in graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. I have worked in child care for the last three years and absolutely love working with children. I can't wait to work in the lab!

Taylor Caliguri

Taylor Caliguri

I am a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Family Social Science and Child Psychology. I plan to attend graduate school in the hopes of becoming a cognitive behavioral therapist and working with children. I am from Minnetonka, MN and enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, hiking and baking.

Kathryn Doty

My name is Kathryn Doty and I am a freshman in the College of Education and Human Development. I intend on majoring in a field that relates to children, possibly elementary education. I love working with young kids and am super excited for this semester!

Kaylee Frederickson

I am a junior at the University of Minnesota double majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Child Psychology. My future plans include pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with a focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, volunteering, working with children with ASD, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with my pet hedgehog.

Kimberly Her

My name is Kimberly Her and I am from Saint Paul, MN. I am currently a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and I am studying Speech-Language-Hearing sciences.

Sarah Larrive

Sarah Larrive is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in child psychology and minoring in neuroscience. She has always had a love for children and exploring their development. When she is not in school, she enjoys traveling to warmer places, eating at new restaurants, and working to pay for it all!

Emily Mohr

My name is Emily Mohr and I am a Junior here at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and I love working with children. I am also a Personal Care Assistant and a nanny. I have worked at a daycare for 3 years and I love doing anything outdoors. I’m excited to be a part of this research team.

Stephanie Murch

I am an undergrad pursuing a BA in Child Psychology along with minors in Public Health and Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings (APECS).  I am originally from a very small town in southern Minnesota. I came to college in a big city to follow my hopes of becoming a Child Life Specialist.

Caitlin Petersen

My name is Caitlin Petersen and I am 22 years old. I am attending the University of Minnesota with the goal of receiving my Bachelors of Child Psychology. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to work in this research lab to continue to expand my knowledge and passion for children of all ages.

Fatume Qorane

I am a third year student here at the University, in the College of Liberal Arts, studying Biology with a minor in Child Psychology. I hope to go on to medical school to pursue pediatrics and later specialize in neonatology. I am most interested in the cognitive development of young children and especially the biological components of this area of study.

Ellen Stowe

Ellen is a senior studying Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She plans on going to graduate school for a degree in Speech Pathology, and hopes to one day work in an elementary school. In her free time, Ellen enjoys swimming, baking, and being with her family.

MIchelle Todd

Michelle Todd

Michelle Todd is a graduate student studying Special Education. She received her bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in May 2014. Michelle has a strong interest in social cognition and language development in children on the Autism Spectrum.

Hallie Vanney

I am currently a sophomore studying psychology at the University of Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I plan on attending Medical School to pursue a career as a pediatrician. I am from Blaine, Minnesota and love to spend my spare time with my family, running, and playing volleyball.

Michelle Wong

Michelle Wong

Michelle Wong is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Asian Languages and Literature with a focus on Chinese. She plans to teach English in China after graduation and will later pursue graduate school.

 

HONORS THESIS STUDENT

Lindsey Huffer-Kiesow

Lindsey Huffer-Kiesow

Lindsey Huffer-Kiesow is a third year student studying Child Psychology with a minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she wants to pursue a career in Speech Pathology, specifically working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her spare time, Lindsey loves reading, boating, traveling, and volunteering with children.

 

LAB ALUMNI

Caitlin Cole

Caitlin Cole, Ph.D.

Sherryse Corrow

Sherryse Corrow, Ph.D.

Jason Cowell, Ph.D.

Sabine Doebel

Sabine Doebel, Ph.D.

Katie Gordon Millet, Ph.D.

Maggie Altschaefl, B.S. (Hons), Child Psychology

Maggie is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elizabeth Blaschak, B.S. (Hons), Child Psychology

Kristina Pietsch, B.A., Child Psychology