Kaetlyn Cordingley, M.Ed. - Doctoral Student
I am a second-year doctoral student in the University of Montana Experimental Psychology program. I currently serve as Assistant Dean and Director of Career Development, Community Partnerships, and Scholarships at the Davidson Honors College. I earned my undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Washington and my graduate degree (M.Ed.) from Harvard University in Education Policy and Management. Prior to moving back to my home state of Montana, I worked as a policy advisor in the United States Senate and as a government relations associate and consultant for universities and scientific research associations.
I’m thrilled to be part of the team at the Minds Lab and Living Lab. I am interested in the developmental significance of college for emerging adults, seeking to answer the question of why higher education is important, developmentally, in creating well-rounded individuals and what initiates and fosters this developmental transformation.
Tom Macko - Doctoral Student
I am a first-year doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Montana. I received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Akron in 2018 and have spent the intervening years working in Applied Behavior Analysis, delivering therapeutic services to children who have been diagnosed, typically, with Autism Spectrum Disorder through evidence-based practices. With respect to research, I am interested in understanding how children interface with humanoid artificial intelligence and the implications that relationship might have on moral development. Down the road, my aim is to remain in academia to continue the pursuit of my research interests while concurrently sharing my passion for psychological theories and phenomena with other like-minded individuals.
In my free time, I enjoy seeking out new adventures through either a book or the woods. Being a native Ohioan, I am looking forward to my time in Montana as an excellent opportunity to do the latter.
Sarah Sweezy - Doctoral Student
I am a second-year doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Montana studying developmental psychology and the manager of the UM Living Lab located in the Missoula Public Library. I obtained my B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee Technological University in the fall of 2019. I am interested in researching children’s interactions with embodied or personified technologies. Specifically, I aspire to further explore how children attribute internal states or perceive technologies, such as robots, to be alive. My long term career goals consist of remaining in academia as a researcher or teacher.
I enjoy being outside with my dog or hammocking, but I thrive being indoors drinking coffee, reading books, crocheting, and working on puzzles.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Pyper Trumble - Lab Manager
Major: Psychology and Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences
I am Pyper Trumble, and I am from Maple Valley, Washington. I study Psychology and Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences. I plan to graduate Spring 2023. I hope to get a Ph.D. in Pediatric Occupational Therapy and potentially in Speech Language Pathology. I work at the ASUM Preschool with three-to-five-year old's and love to help and watch them grow.
In my free time I listen to many audiobooks as well as read different medical books in hope to better understand the people I may be working with. I also really love dancing and am currently an instructor for country swing dance for the club on campus, I hope to learn many other forms of dance.
Jenny Barnhill - Research Assistant
Sarah Carbis - Research Assistant
Jasmine Doremus - Research Assistant
Major: Psychology and Spanish
Minor: Latin American Studies
I’m finishing up my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish. After graduation, I plan to continue my education in Clinical Psychology with the goal of incorporating my Spanish degree somehow as well.
I’m from Eugene, Oregon but have fallen in love with Missoula during my undergrad education. I love to be in the outdoors and spend time hiking, climbing, and skiing!
Jennifer Johnson - Research Assistant
Minor: Native American Studies and Human & Family Development
Brandon Overdorff - Research Assistant
Daniel Sims - Research Assistant
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Kit Smith - Research Assistant
Major: Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
Graduate Student - Alumni
- Shailee Woodard, PhD (Assistant Professor, Keene State College)
- Lee Curran (Computer Science)
- Jessica Hudson (Specialist in School Psychology)
Undergraduate Student - Alumni
- Lauren Baeten (former Lab Manager)
- Rachele Barker (former Lab Manager)
- Lorri Bethel
- Ben Cikutovich
- Stephen Cooke
- Meg Denny
- Sydney Faul (School Psychology PhD Program, University of Colorado, Denver)
- Damaris Gemmer
- Caitlin Gillespie (Speech and Language Pathology Masters Program, University of Montana)
- Kelsey Halvorson
- Sarah Harrell
- Lyndsay Hutton
- Rita Lang
- Bethany Lindner
- Madeline Matia
- Somer Messerly
- Maryam Norton
- Shaina Ore
- Jamie Pauley
- Shelby Rosston
- Caitlin Ryan
- Emily Schindeldecker
- Dennis Schuster (Counselor Education Masters Program, University of Montana)
- Grace Sievert
- Kali Taylor (former Lab Manager; Blewett Law School, University of Montana)
- Jenna Truax
- Hannah Woods
- William "Rob" Wyckoff (Speech and Language Pathology Masters Program, University of Montana)