Lab Assistants

Carolyn Mylander Laura Tharsen Naureen Hemani-Lopez   Kristin Plath
Markie Theophile      
Carolyn Mylander

Carolyn Mylander

Project Manager                                                          

*Carolyn has recently retired and will be working with the SGM Lab on a part-time basis*

Laura Tharsen

Laura Tharsen

Lab Manager                                                             

Contact Laura for more information or assistance on:
Purchase of new lab equipment & software
Lab backup server & video server
Maintenance of software licenses for lab equipment

Budget expenditures
Grant reports and amendments
Copies of grant proposals, publications, dissertations, theses
Reimbursement claims

Annual employee safety training


Naureen Hemani-Lopez

Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator                                

Naureen received her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2009. Naureen currently works on projects that focus on the role of gesture in the acquisition of learning in school-aged children. She works on the Mental Rotation project, which focuses on early spatial learning in kindergarten children, as well as the Math project, which looks at the role of gesture while solving equivalency problems in 3rd and 4th grade students. Naureen is interested in the role that gesture plays in learning and the ways that this type of research can be used in classroom settings.

Contact Naureen for more information or assistance on:
IRB-related matters including--
Protocol amendments
Historical record of protocol events
Submission of adverse events
Human subject training and certification
Reimbursement claims
Purchase of lab supplies
General employee and student support


Kristin Plath

Research Assistant                             

Kristin recieved her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in May, 2014. In the SGM lab, she works on the Gesture Eye Tracking Project and manages the Infant Database. Kristin is interested in studying the role that gesture has in learning in order to help facilitate communication between teachers and children. Kristin loves dogs and currently has two puppies named Max and Cooper. 

Contact Kristin for more information or assistance on:
Infant Database
Testing Space Calendar

Markie Theophile

Markie Theophile

Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator                                       

Markie received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, where she also worked in the Language Creation Lab. She is currently working on the Nicaraguan Homesign Project. She enjoys living in a new city and working in the Goldin-Meadow Lab.

Contact Markie for more information or assistance on:
Lab meetings and scheduled events
Presenting at lab meetings
Lab calendar
Lab mailing list

Social events

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