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Mills Cognition Lab Members


Dr. Christie Chung is an Associate Professor of Dr. Christie Chung 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!).

Research Assistants

Avalon Baldwin, class of 2014, is a Biopsychology major Avalon Baldwin interested in stress research, cognition, public health, neuropsychology, and language development, not to mention martial arts, delicious food and cats. She will be spending the next chapter of her life exploring the world through a biopsych lens and seeing where she best fits. She may end up in grad school or Europe or some place currently unknown to her. Time will tell. For now, there is data to play with.

Chaparrelle Mogavero-Cline, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student at Mills College, majoring in Research Psychology. Chaparrelle Mogavero-ClineShe plans to continue her graduate education exploring the topic of human development across the lifespan. Her prior research focused on how the development of infants is affected by a caretaker’s use of technological devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads. Chaparrelle is also an artist and has shown her pieces in galleries. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and writing.

Anne Cormia is a senior in her final semester Anne Cormia at Mills College, double majoring in Research Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her interests lie primarily in the field of Forensic Psychology, specifically the role gender plays in victim choice. The research Anne is currently involved in with the Mills Cognition Lab focuses on the interaction of memory and perceived gender.

Chelsea Dees, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student at Mills College and she is majoring in Research Psychology. Chelsea Dees Chelsea Dees, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student at Mills College majoring in Research Psychology. After she graduates in 2015, she intends on taking time off to travel and gain more experience related to the field of psychology. She then plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. As of now, she is interested in someday being a therapist in a private practice, though she would also like to continue researching and perhaps someday teach at a collegiate level. Her interests within psychology include eating disorders, mood disorders, and memory. Outside of academia, Chelsea enjoys listening to music and attending live music performances, playing bass guitar, skateboarding, and DIY projects.

Julia Przemysalw, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student in her junior year at Mills College. Julia Przemysalw Julia is majoring in research psychology and plans to continue her graduate education in children’s cognition and language acquisition. She is interested in how emotional distress impairs cognition and language in children, and the development of learning difficulties. In addition, Julia takes pleasure in traveling and all that is culinary.

Frishta Sharifi, Senior Research Assistant, has graduated from Mills College, in 2008,Frishta SHarifi 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.

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Last Updated: 6/25/15