Child Development Lab



Lab Director

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Dr. Karrie Godwin, Assistant professor

Karrie Godwin earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University where she was also an IES fellow in the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research. Karrie also holds a M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Her research examines how cognitive and environmental factors shape children’s development and learning in the laboratory and in the classroom. Her research interests include the development of attention, executive function, language acquisition, and categorization.


Graduate Students

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Grace Murray, doctoral student

Grace Murray earned her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Kent State University. She has experience working with diverse populations, ranging in age from 3 to 18. Her research interests include attention allocation, physical-activity interventions to improve attention and executive functioning, and self-regulated learning strategies.



Rachael Todaro, doctoral candidate

Rachael Todaro holds an M.A. in Spanish Literature from The University of Akron. She is a research assistant in the Child Development Lab. Her research examines the presentation of math problems in early math education as well as motivational and cognitive factors that impact learning.



Freya Kaur

Freya Kaur earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology from Kent State University. She is planning to further her education in the field of School Psychology. Her research interests include the influence of technology and the environment on children’s development and attention. She has experience working with children ages 2 to 15.


UNDERGRADUATE Research Assistants

Aimee Wildrick, Nathan Kanyok, Megan Musso, Kayla Whitlock, Gabrielle Tarquino

Lab Alumni

Menjiao Wu, Timothy Hafer, Kali Sebastian, Emily Baker, Emily Burton, Hannah Fisher, Hannah Anderson, Raashi Sangwan, Erika Zuga, Eleni Magiassos, Miad Bahashwan, Leah Williamson, Emily Bliss, Lily Borodkin