Meet the Lab

carolineCaroline Bartholomew: Research Assistant
Caroline joined the lab in June 2017 as a research assistant for the ABC Preteen and ABC Brain Games studies. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Caroline is interested in parenting and other environmental impacts on child mental/physical health. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue either a PhD in clinical psychology or an MPH.

                                        Kiren Chaudhry: Interventionist                                                            
Kiren graduated from Wayne State University in 2015 with dual degrees in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Prior to graduation she worked at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and the Family Emotion Lab, jobs which both inspired a passionate interest in developmental psychology. She joined the Child Health and Development Lab in 2017 as an Interventionist for ABC Brain Games. In the future she hopes to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology with a research focus that would allow her to incorporate her background in Gender Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drawing and yoga.

cordeliaCordelia Fenwick: Undergraduate Assistant                           Cordelia is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology and Communications and minoring in Women’s Studies. She joined the Lab June 2017 as an Undergraduate Assistant. Cordelia is passionate about women’s rights and hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduation to help fight for the right for all women to have access to a full education. In her free time Cordelia enjoys volunteering and playing board games with friends and family.

Alice Guo: Coding CoordinatorGuo
Alice joined the lab in July 2017 as the coding coordinator, supervising the coding projects in the lab. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Miller Lab, she has worked as a research assistant in psychology at Georgia State University and Washington University, which sparked an interested in child and adolescent development and research methodology. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in social psychology or statistics.

Version 2Megan Julian: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Megan completed her doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Through a clinical fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, she developed expertise in the assessment and treatment of young children, many of whom have experienced developmental delays, abuse, or neglect. Dr. Julian’s research focuses on the role of early experience, particularly early caregiver-child relationships, in children’s development. She is interested in how deficient early relational care affects the course of development, as well as how caregiver-child relationships can be enhanced in order to support children’s development.


Sara Miller: Research Assistant
Sara joined the team in June of 2016 as a research assistant for the ABC Brain Games Study.  She graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology.  She is currently a second year Health Behavior and Health Education student in the School of Public Health.  Her interests are in developmental psychology with a focus in emotion regulation and the life course perspective.                                   

IMG_3750.jpgKerrie Leonard:Pre/Post Eval Team                                        Kerrie graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She joined   the  lab in June 2016 as a full-time research assistant for the ABC studies. She enjoys working with children and learning about health and eating behaviors in the lab, and she hopes to    incorporate this experience with her passion for body image and  self-esteem in future doctoral studies. When she is not working, you can find her running the streets of Ann Arbor or waiting in line at Blank Slate. She also enjoys cooking with  friends and  reading in her free time.


anjaliAnjali Nemorin: Undergraduate Assistant
Anjali is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Public Health and minoring in Medical Anthropology. She began in the Miller lab in the fall of 2016 and has enjoyed working on an array of projects since joining the team. Prior to this, she helped lead and create nutrition and hygiene programs for youth in rural Nicaraguan villages. Her aspirations now include working in the field of health policy and management, with a special interest in women and children’s health. In her free time, Anjali enjoys spending time outdoors, with family and friends, and travelling.

hurley.pngHurley Riley III: Undergraduate Assistant
Hurley is currently pursuing an MPH at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Hurley graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2017 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Prior to rejoining the lab in February 2017, Hurley has contributed to various projects at the Center for Human Growth and Development involving child media use. He is interested in studying and promoting health behaviors that may reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. During his free time, Hurley enjoys working out, eating, and traveling.

catherineCatherine Robeson: Undergraduate Assistant
Catherine Robeson joined the Lumeng-Miller lab as a coding research assistant in June 2017. She is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, with an interest in the crossroads of the physical sciences and social sciences in health. She is passionate about global health and education, and is an active member of the Global Scholars Program, an international learning community that addresses these topics. In her free time, she loves running, reading, and gardening.

jasmineJasmine Rubio: Undergraduate Assistant
Jasmine is currently pursuing an MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She began in the Miller lab in 2016 and has worked on an array of projects for the past year. She is also an active volunteer at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She hopes to become a clinical social worker and to continue to be an advocate for survivors of sexual violence.

brittanyBrittany Schuler: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Brittany is a postdoctoral research fellow and the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center. Brittany earned her PhD in Social Work from The University of Maryland. Brittany’s dissertation title was: Toddler Overweight Prevention: Developing a Model by Socioeconomic Gradients. Brittany’s research interests focus on understanding and reducing health disparities in childhood, specifically promoting health for the prevention of obesity and chronic disease. Brittany is currently involved in a number of projects that examine promoting optimal growth and development in childhood, including analyzing the effects of a randomized control trial aimed at improving the nutrition and physical activity environments of low-income preschools. In her free time, Brittany enjoys exercising, being outdoors, hiking, camping, and kayaking.

taraTara Sermchaiwong: Undergraduate Assistant
Tara is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She is pre-med and hopes to become a neurologist one day. One of her career goals is to further pursue research that combines her interests in psychology and neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of research, she is extremely passionate about healthcare disparities and working with underserved populations. During her free time, she enjoys running, Muay Thai, traveling and baking.


Lilly Fink Shapiro, MPH: Lab Manager
Lilly’s passion for equitable and sustainable food systems crosses disciplines and sectors. She has worked since 2013 to expand and strengthen the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, which has gained national recognition and spurred local collaboration. Lilly works closely with multi-disciplinary faculty across campus, engages in food systems research, and has taught locally and abroad. Her experience includes working with Fair Food Network on the “Double Up Food Bucks” program, evaluating the Michigan Good Food Charter project, and joining local activists to advocate for a variety of food systems issues. Lilly has conducted fieldwork in Eastern Bolivia and has led experiential education trips in Peru, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Lilly earned her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan in 2015, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2009 with High Honors in Anthropology. She speaks Spanish and French and cultivates a front yard farm.


Murphy Van Sparrentak: Pre/Post Eval Team 


Murphy graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. In 2015, she received her Master  of Social Work degree with a focus on interpersonal practice. She joined the lab in 2017 after working as a health-focused case manager with a local nonprofit. In the future, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Public Health to study the intersections between housing, neighborhood environment,poverty, and health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends.



Madison Walczak: Undergraduate Assistant
Madison joined the lab in August of 2014 as a student in the UROP program and worked with the ABC Toddler Study. She will graduate from the University of Michigan in April 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and plans to attend medical school after graduation. Working in the lab has inspired her to continue her pursuit to become a physician and pursue pediatric radiology.


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