Students

 Carolina Goncalves

Carolina Goncalves

Carolina is a MA/PhD student in the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She received her BA in Psychology and English literature from Knox College in 2016. Upon graduating, she worked as a research assistant at Boston University’s Center for Behavioral Science Research on a study focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children from underprivileged backgrounds. As a doctoral research assistant at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, she will work on the LEAP project. She’s interested in researching the role that cultural identity plays in influencing the development and mental health outcomes of immigrant youth living in the U.S. 

Natasha Keces

Natasha Keces

Natasha is a MA/PhD student in the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She received her BA in Psychobiology and Applied Developmental Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2020. While in school, Natasha worked at the Fanselow Lab to study the neural correlates of emotion learning and at the UCLA Infant Development Program to conduct a case study documenting a child’s social cognitive and social emotional development. Upon graduating, she worked as an elementary school teacher that specialized in academically and social-emotionally supporting children struggling in core classes. As a doctoral research assistant at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, she will work on the SoLD: MMDC project. She’s interested in researching the process in which children’s social and emotional development such as executive functioning and self-regulation is related to educational outcomes.

Yerin Park

Yerin Park

Yerin is a Ph.D. student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Business and Administration from Korea University, and M.A. in Child Study and Human development from Tufts University. Yerin conducts research on adolescents’ identity development and how educational practices can be improved to promote positive personal identity development. Her interests also include relations between personal and social identity, and cross-cultural research. As a doctoral research assistant at IARYD, Yerin has worked on the MMDC and Leap Projects, and is currently on the 4-H Study team.
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