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Bonny DonzellaBonny Donzella, Senior Research Fellow

Bonny Donzella is a Senior Research Fellow in the Gunnar Laboratory, and is actively involved in the International Adoption Project. She earned a Masters degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and was trained in psychophysiological techniques and the study of emotion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1995, Bonny has worked with Dr. Megan Gunnar on studies of the physiology of stress regulation and temperament.


Shanna MlinerShanna Mliner, Senior Research Fellow

Shanna Mliner has worked on research projects in the Gunnar Laboratory since 1998, and is actively involved in the International Adoption Project as a Senior Research Fellow. She earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education and a bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Shanna also holds Minnesota teaching licenses in both Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education.


Bao MouaBao Moua, Research Administrator

Bao Moua started working in the Gunnar Laboratory as an undergraduate assistant. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Besides working on research projects, she is responsible for maintaining the Minnesota International Adoption Project Registry.


Kalsea KossKalsea Koss, Postdoctoral Researcher

Kalsea Koss is a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Child Development. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Her research focuses on the impact of family and early life adversity on child development. In particular, she is interested in understanding the role of individual differences in emotion regulation and stress biology in contributing to mental health and well-being.


Nicole Perry Nicole Perry, Postdoctoral Researcher

Nicole Perry is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Child Development. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013. Her research aims to better understand the impact of early caregiving behaviors on the development of biobehavioral emotion regulation processes in infancy and early childhood, and identify the ways in which individual differences in emotion regulation contribute to mental health and social adjustment.


Alyssa MillerAlyssa Miller, Senior Lab Technician

Alyssa Miller has been working on research projects in the Gunnar Laboratory and with the International Adoption Project since 2010 as a Senior Laboratory Technician. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2013 while pursuing interests in working with children and adolescents of diverse backgrounds.


Lea Neumann, Senior Lab Technician

Lea Neumann began working in the Gunnar Lab as an undergraduate assistant in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology with a minor in applied psychology in educational and community settings in 2015.  Lea runs the recruitment process for the Puberty Study.


Bradley MillerBradley Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Miller is a pediatric endocrinologist with expertise in growth and pubertal development following early adversity. He is a consultant for the puberty study.


Heather Taylor Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor began working in the Gunnar lab in 2014 as an undergraduate assistant. In 2016 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology with hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in the Fall of 2017. Heather currently helps with the Puberty Study.


Jan GoodwaltJan Goodwalt, Registered Nurse

Jan Goodwalt, R.N., graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN. She spent her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN as an obstetrical nurse, preceptor, and educator until retirement in 2013. She joined the Gunnar Lab in 2013 and is currently involved with the Puberty Study.


Terri JonesTerri Jones, Registered Nurse

Terri Jones, R.N., graduated from Mercy College of Health Sciences Nursing Program, Des Moines Iowa with a degree in Nursing and studied at Drake University. Her work history includes Open Heart Surgery, Cardiac Nursing, and most recently at the University of Minnesota in the Hypertension and Endocrine Clinics. After taking time to raise her daughter she became actively engaged in nonprofit leadership and focused on program development in the areas of healthcare, ethics, humanitarianism, spirituality and children. She continues to collaborate with the Minnesota Children’s Museum as well.


Melissa StollMelissa Stoll, Registered Nurse

Melissa Stoll, R.N., graduated from St. Catherine's University. She has 25 years of nursing experience. Her expertise includes case management, acute and chronic medical and surgical care, geriatric medicine, end of life issues and hospice care. She joined the Gunnar Lab in 2014 and is currently involved with the Puberty Study.


Jennifer ArmerdingJennifer Armerding, Clinical Interviewer

Jennifer Armerding earned a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York, following her undergraduate education in Psychology at New York University. She has research experience in a variety of areas within developmental psychology, and has also worked in clinical settings with children, adults, and families. She is interested in the impact of early adverse caregiving on neurological, relational and socio-emotional development.