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Meet the Team

Jodi A. Quas, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Social Behavior, and Nursing Science

Memory development, effects of stress and trauma on children, and children’s in the legal system. Specific research topics include strategies to improve children’s memory accuracy; the effects of stress on memory; emotional regulation and physiological reactivity and children's functioning; and consequences of legal involvement on child victims, witnesses, and defendants.


Rachel Dianiska, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Program of research investigates the influence of various cognitive and developmental processes to issues such as interviewing and credibility assessment, the development of false memories, and the influence of lying on memory for the truth. Current research topics include best practices for interviewing adolescent victims and witnesses.


Victoria Dykstra, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Program of research investigates the development of dishonesty, specifically focusing on patterns of and factors that contribute to adolescent lie-telling. Current interests include extending this developmental perspective to exploring adolescent dishonesty and disclosure in forensic settings and investigating factors that may encourage adolescents to disclose negative or traumatic events.


Emma Simpson

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: Memory development, child and youth involvement in the justice system.


Sarah Kim

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: Effects of stress and trauma on child and adolescent development, experiences and consequences of adversity exposure, child and youth involvement in the justice system, best practices for interviewing adolescent victims/witnesses 


Stephanie Taylor

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: child labor trafficking, resiliency in survivorship, prosecution of labor trafficking in the United States. 

View Adolescent and Childhood Experience Lab alumni here.

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