Associated Researchers

Clemson University Graduate Students 

Abigail Stephan

Abigail's CV


I am a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Clemson University studying under the guidance of Dr. Faiza Jamil. Broadly, my research interests include intergenerational relationships and learning experiences in informal settings, such as the family and community. I am most interested in outcomes related to wellbeing and psychosocial development. I currently work as a graduate assistant for the General Engineering Learning Community (GELC), a program that supports first-year engineering students in their development of self-regulation and time management skills, effective learning strategies, and positive habits of mind. In addition to my work with the SHAARP Lab, I am a member of the Child Learning and Development (CLAD) Lab at Clemson.  


Ava McVey

I am a graduate student in the Human Factors Psychology program at Clemson University. While my research interests vary, some of my favorite areas of study include topics within neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and of course human factors psychology. Specifically, I am most excited to work with Dr. Ross and the SHAARP lab in studying cognitive interventions and healthy aging. 

Penn State Graduate Students

Sara Freed

Sara's CV


I am a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies graduate program at Penn State University working primarily with Dr. Ross. My broad research interest is in improving everyday function of older adults. Specifically, I am interested in identifying risk and protective factors for everyday and cognitive functioning in older adults, focusing on safe driving mobility as well as interventions designed to target these factors. I am also interested in intervention design and implementation, and would like to explore creative delivery methods, including cognitive games and video games.


Joanne Tian

Joanne's CV

I am a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State working with Dr. Ross. My research interests focus on the cognitive functions in older adults, such as working memory and visual processing. Also, I am interested in how we can make interventions to help older adults improve their daily functions and slow down their cognitive decline. 


Jordan D. Chamberlain

Jordan's CV

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 (B.S. Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience) and again in 2017 (M.S. Psychology: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience). My undergraduate and Masters research focused largely on GABA concentrations and the discriminability of neural patterns in the visual cortex of younger and older adults. Currently, I am investigating age differences underlying neural patterns associated with true and false memories, and how white matter microstructural integrity relates to false memories in older adults. Through my collaborations across campus, I am exploring how subjective health factors become coupled with episodic memory in aging, as well as how we can improve older adults’ attentional processing through targeted cognitive interventions. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and exploring the local State College area.


Abigail Stephan


Ava McVey


Sara Freed


Joanne Tian

Jordan D. Chamberlain