Mills Cognition Lab Members
Dr. Christie Chung is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mills College. She received her Honours BSc as a Psychology Specialist from University of Toronto, her MA and PhD in Applied Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and postdoctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When Dr. Chung is not busy thinking about how memory changes with age, she enjoys baking, traveling around the world, going to the gym, playing music on her piano, and singing (PlayStation karaoke games!).
Avalon Baldwin, Data Specialist, is currently an undergraduate student at Mills College. She plans to continue her education to obtain her doctoral degree in clinical psychology and become a neuropsychologist. While not working in the lab, Monica is a Research Assistant in the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF. Monica has an obsession with Oliver Sacks, a love of cheese, and a phobia of jewelry.
Monica Bower, Lab Manager, is an undergraduate student at Mills College. She is majoring in Research in Psychology. She plans to continue her education to obtain her doctoral degree and work with law enforcement to become a forensic psychologist. While not working in the lab, Monica is a member of the Executive Board in the ASMC as Academic Affairs Chair. Monica has an obsession with Oliver Sacks, a love of cheese, and a phobia of jewelry.
Chelsea Dees, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student at Mills College and she is majoring in Research Psychology. After she graduates in 2015, she plans on taking a year off to travel. She then plans on obtaining her doctoral degree in counseling and she hopes to become a therapist. Chelsea is interested in clinical psychology, specifically topics pertaining to eating disorders and women’s trauma. When she’s not studying psychology, Chelsea enjoys writing short stories and poetry, skateboarding, and exploring the Bay Area.
Shannon Ryan, Senior Research Assistant, graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010, taking her degree magna cum laude in Psychology. She developed an interest in working with people before college, and realized that academically, research in psychology fueled that goal. Her background is in educational psychology, with prior research focusing on the predictive validity of standardized fluency tests used in elementary schools across the United States. She is very interested in research in clinical psychology, particularly the development of adolescent girls and self-esteem. Shannon is also a staff member at Mills in the Admission Office. In her free time, she likes quirky British television and eating out at fine restaurants.
Frishta Sharifi, Senior Research Assistant, has graduated from Mills College, in 2008, with a BA in psychology and a minor in women studies. Her goal is to enter a PhD program in clinical-cognitive psychology or neuro-psychology. She is very interested in research in humans' physical health and its relations to cognitive aging. In the field of women studies, Frishta is interested in exploring the conflicts that modern day women (in particular women of the east) experience in terms of reconciliation of their faith/traditions with the necessities of modernity. In her free time, she is busy with personal training and teaching group exercise classes in a gym.
Devon Thrumston, Research Assistant, graduated from Mills College in 2012 with a B.A. in music with a concentration in cello performance. While at Mills, she double-minored in child development and psychology. She is currently working with multiple labs on campus, and her research interests include child language acquisition, the effects of culture on bilingualism, and the development of prosody and early music and rhythmic acquisition.
Abby Yip, Senior Research Assistant, is an international undergraduate student from Hong Kong who has been studying at Mills College since 2010. She has always been fascinated by the field of psychology, and she is often intrigued by how the intricate human brain functions. Abby has a variety of interests, ranging from playing and listening to music to traveling and learning about the cultures of other places. In her free time, Abby also enjoys writing short stories and spending time with her family and friends.
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