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  • Lea Rose Dougherty, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland College Park

    Dr. Dougherty is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park and the Director of the Child Stress and Emotions Laboratory. As part of this position, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, mentors graduate students in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program, and directs a research laboratory. Her research investigates the etiology and course of depression from a developmental, life-span perspective. Her research targets the following areas: (1) early risk and protective factors in the development of psychopathology, including the role of children’s emotions, cognition, parenting, parental psychopathology, and several biological factors; (2) the effects of early experience on children’s development and risk for psychopathology, and (3) mental health problems in preschool-aged children. Lastly, she is a licensed and practicing clinical psychologist with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders across the lifespan.

    Dr. Dougherty participated as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Julie Hubbard's lab when she was an undergraduate at UD.

    Degrees: 2001, BA in Psychology and Minor in French Studies, University of Delaware; 2003, MA in Psychology, Stony Brook University; 2008, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University; 2007-2008, Pre-doctoral Clinical Internship, Yale University School of Medicine 

    Representative Publications:

    *student author

    Dougherty, L. R., *Tolep, M. R., *Smith, V. C., & Rose, S. A. (2013). Early exposure to parental depression and parenting: Associations with young offspring's stress physiology and oppositional behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1299-1310. doi:10.1007/s10802-013-9763-7

    Dougherty, L. R., *Smith, V. C., Bufferd, S. J., Carlson, G. A., Stringaris, A., Leibenluft, E., & Klein, D. N. (2014). DSM-5 disruptive mood dysregulation disorder: Correlates and predictors in young children. Psychological Medicine, 44, 2339-2350.

     Dougherty, L. R., *Smith, V. C., Bufferd, S. J., Kessel, E., Carlson, G., & Klein, D. N. (in press). Preschool irritability predicts child psychopathology, functional impairment, and service use at age nine years. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychology.

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  • Natalie Shroyer
    Assistant Vice President

    Natalie works for CCS, an international fundraising consulting firm that helps non-profit organizations raise money to fulfill their missions. Through CCS, Natalie works on-site with non-profit clients to provide the tools, training, and strategic management to help non-profits conduct campaigns and development projects. Natalie has worked with clients such as United Way of Central Maryland, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Archdiocese of Baltimore, NPR, and The Royal Institute of Law of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Natalie uses her psychology degree daily to understand donors’ motivations for giving, effectively manage volunteers, and successfully implement projects. Her understanding of psychology is critical to be able to work with a variety of organizations and implement fundraising best practices.

    Prior to joining CCS, Natalie worked at Sallie Mae, Inc. where she participated in a Management Development Program and rotated through major business areas, performed extensive project research, and presented recommendations to executive leadership. Further, Natalie established the infrastructure for a Sallie Mae vendor to perform critical operations, and she managed an operational team and vendor relationship.

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  • Kristin Gagnier
    Outreach and Evaluation Specialist, Science of Learning Institute, Johns Hopkins University

    Dr. Kristin Gagnier is the Outreach and Evaluation Specialist at the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University.  Kristin oversees the institute's mission of connecting science to practice.  She partners with schools, museums and policymakers to advance research and translate science of learning research into evidence-informed practices.

     Kristin's work is based on her interdisciplinary training in connecting cognitive science research to education practices and draws on the disciplines of cognitive science, psychology and education.  As a postdoctoral research fellow at the Spatial Intelligence Learning Center she developed an interdisciplinary research program aimed at understanding the cognitive challenges faced by students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning and developing research-informed interventions to support learning.  Kristin's work is motivated by her passion for improving learning outcomes by connecting research to practice and practice to research. 

     Areas of Specialization:

    • Cognitive Science
    • Science of Learning
    • Spatial Learning
    • Translation and dissemination of research to practice
    • Visual Cognition
    • Visual Memory


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  • Sam Modlin
    Near-peer mentor/Graduate Researcher

    Even after leaving my beloved Newark following graduation in 2014 with a B.S. in Neuroscience, the time spent, experiences gained, and connections made at UD have continued to serve me. I am currently completing an internship at Walter Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, MD, where I have worked since January as a Near-peer mentor in the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Program headed by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). My primary responsibility is co-leading a team of current college students and recent graduates in conducting laboratory-based lessons for DC-Metro area middle and high school students. The experience I gained at UD, both as a peer advisor for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Klintsova’s developmental neuroplasticity lab have proved invaluable, both in landing me this internship, and in helping me to experience success in it.

    In addition to completing my Internship at WRAIR, I am preparing for beginning graduate study at San Diego State University, where in August I will begin working towards my M.S. degree in Biomedical Informatics. Once in San Diego, I will join Dr. Faramarz Valafar’s research group in studying the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which infects over a third of the world’s population, and kills over a million people annually. The opportunity I had at UD to not only engage in undergraduate research, but to compose and defend my own senior thesis project allowed me to develop the confidence and experience to continue on into a new field of research in graduate school.

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  • Jeffrey Joireman
    Associate Professor of Marketing at Washington State University

    Dr. Joireman earned his PhD in Social Psychology in 1996, under the supervision of Dr. D. Michael Kuhlman. Dr. Joireman has held positions in departments of psychology (Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University) and marketing (Washington State University). Dr. Joireman is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing at Washington State University, where he teaches consumer behavior and marketing research, and serves as the department's PhD Coordinator. Dr. Joireman's research has addressed a wide range of topics including social values, social dilemmas, environmental decision-making, and time orientation. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters in psychology and marketing, with many of his publications appearing in the fields' leading journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Letters. In 2005, Dr. Joireman co-edited a book with Alan Strathman titled Understanding Behavior on the Context of Time: Theory, Research and Application, and in 2015, published a book with Dr. Paul Van Lange (VU Free University of Amsterdam) titled How to Publish High-Quality Research. Dr. Joireman has reviewed over 200 articles for over 25 different journals, served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Group Dynamics, and has twice been named the Journal of Environmental Psychology's Most Prolific Reviewer. Dr. Joireman has also won numerous honors and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to the Netherlands, multiple Dean's Excellence Awards, two Outstanding Faculty Service Awards, and the Department of Marketing's Professor of the Year Award.

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  • Kristen Riley
    Clinical Psychology Ph.D., University of Connecticut; Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

    As a clinical health psychologist with a focus on research, I study how cognitive processes impact health behaviors and how to design appropriate stress management interventions for disease prevention in at-risk populations. I also advocate for the integration of psychologists into primary care and medical settings in order to prevent the development or worsening of behavioral health or psychological issues at the population level.  I am now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University as of Fall 2018.

    The University of Delaware provided the foundation for both my clinical and research work in health psychology with a strong focus on critical thinking, writing skills, learning a broad range of content in psychology, the availability of a wide array of applied clinical and research experiences, and strong mentoring along the way. In graduate school, I had a much more solid foundation of skills, knowledge, and critical thinking compared to colleagues from other undergraduate institutions. I could not recommend this program enough for anyone interested in the study of psychological science. 

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  • Aimee E. Stahl
    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Aimee is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The College of New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware in 2008 with an honors B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies. Her research career began as an undergraduate research assistant in various labs on campus, which inspired her passion for conducting research on infant cognition. Aimee received her Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. Her research focuses on learning, memory, and social cognition in infants and young children. She has published her research on cognitive development in scientific journals like Science and Child Development. At The College of New Jersey, Aimee is the director of the Cognitive Development Lab. She also teaches Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, and advanced seminars on cognitive development.


    B.A., 2008, Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware

    Ph.D., 2015, Psychological & Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University

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  • Jennifer Fischer (Siegel)
    Associate, Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP

    After graduating from the University of Delaware, Jennifer attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011. Jennifer works at Kelley, Dyre & Warren as a litigation associate who focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, employment law, and consumer class action defense, including alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  Before joining Kelley Drye, Jennifer worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment Litigation Section of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Jennifer defends the State of New Jersey in lawsuits filed by current or former State employees against their State employer. The cases Jennifer handles cover allegations of discrimination based on membership in a protected class (race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, etc.), failure to accommodate, failure to promote, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Jennifer uses her psychology degree in negotiations with opposing counsel. The large majority of lawsuits filed end up settling, and Jennifer is able to use her education in psychology to give her an advantage during mediation and settlement negotiations. Jennifer also found her PSYC207 and PSYC209 classes helpful in helping her evaluate the validity of data she is shown and knowing what makes something statistically significant.

    UD Degree: Honors Bachelor of Arts, Degree with Distinction 2008

    Majors: Psychology; Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Law and Society

    Minors: French; Legal Studies​

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  • Adam J. Carey
    Human Resources Attorney Recruitment Manager

    Adam graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, he is the Talent Acquisition Manager for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), a performing rights organization serving music creators and publishers. He oversees recruitment and talent acquisition at all levels of the company. Adam started his career in HR working as a part-time staff assistant at Wilson Elser, a full-service law firm, a month after he graduated from the University of Delaware, and was moved into increasingly challenging roles through the following years. He was Wilson Elser's Attorney Recruitment Manager for a year and a half before moving into his current role at ASCAP.

    While studying Psychology at the University of Delaware, Adam was a Research Methods teaching assistant and a Brain and Behavior tutor and teaching assistant. His interest and academic experience in Psychology, combined with his desire to gain substantive experience in a professional office environment, eventually drew him towards Human Resources. Adam utilizes skills and knowledge gained through his psychology education on a daily basis, particularly when conducting interviews and determining cultural and personality fit between potential candidates, departments, and teams, and when ensuring any new skill or personality tests his hiring teams would like to use for potential candidates are both reliable and valid. ​

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  • Fega Achoja
    Psych Tech

    ​At Howard R. Young Correctional Institute, I am a counselor. I handle inmate casework, and do a little bit of teaching and counseling. Because of my knowledge of some of the mental illness symptoms, I am better able to understand certain behaviors that are displayed by the inmates as well as be better able to communicate with them. Although a degree is not mandatory for this position, having a degree allows me to better understand the work we are doing.  My job has many facets including teaching, counseling and working with inmates. ​

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  • Traci Ritterband
    School Psychologist

    Traci graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. degree in psychology (2010) and earned her M.A. in School Psychology, also from University of Delaware (2011) and Ed.S. Educational Specialist degree in 2013.  She works as a school psychologist at Success Academy in New York, a charter network in New York City. She recently won the Success Academy Charter Schools' ETHOS Excellence Award, which recognizes school staff who best demonstrate the Success community's values: Excellence, Teamwork, Humor, Ownership, and Students.

    Traci graduated from Delaware in 2010 with a degree in psychology. She majored in psychology with minors in several areas of interest: Human development and family studies, educational studies, and disability studies. She said, "The courses within these programs were primarily courses that I chose because they simply piqued my interest. I didn't know at the time that the combined knowledge and experience from these courses would be invaluable to my career as a school psychologist." 

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  • Sarah Fairchild, Ph.D.
    Human Factors Research Associate

    Sarah graduated from UD with an M.A. and  Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2018. She now works as a human factors research associate at a research consulting firm in the Philadelphia area. Her organization specializes in conducting human factors testing on newly-developed medical devices (including everything from prescription nasal sprays to complex surgical machinery) seeking FDA approval. This testing involves observation of individuals using a device for the first time, and identifying aspects of the design that could cause harm to a user. For example, if an alarm on a vital sign monitor is not audible enough to nurses working in a noisy hospital environment, many lives could be lost. In Sarah's current line of work, she uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify these life-threatening design flaws, and her knowledge of human cognition to provide suggestions to manufacturers on how to improve the safety of their devices.

    Her training from UD in scientific writing has also been crucial to her current position. She uses this skill daily to write reports for FDA and contribute to industry publications on research ethics and medical device safety. Most recently, she published an article in an industry journal on how to write better instructions for medical devices, drawing on her background in psycholinguistics.

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