Core Lab Team

CORE Lab Team

Dr. John D. Coley

Dr. John D. Coley

Lab Director | Principal Investigator

Dr. Coley is Associate Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, and Director of the CORE Lab. He is interested in the basic cognitive processes underlying how people organize and use their knowledge of the world, how those processes develop and change over time, and how differences in culture and experience lead to differences in the organization and use of knowledge. He is also committed to cross-disciplinary translational research, and to exploring the concrete consequences of conceptual organization and reasoning in areas like science education, social conflict, and ecological awareness. Dr. Coley sees his lab as an environment in which smart, motivated, people have the opportunity to work together while learning about research, exploring these issues in lots of different ways, making genuine contributions to cognitive science, and having fun along the way.

Joan Kim

Joan Kim

Doctoral Candidate, 1st year

Research Interests: Education, environmental activism, climate change mitigation, behavior change
Favorite Secondary Character: Troy (Community)
Catie Nielson

Catie Nielson

Doctoral Candidate, 5th year

Research interests: Education, Anthropic thinking, Neuroscience learning, Dualism

Favorite Secondary Character: Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

 
Emma Pitt

Emma Pitt

Doctoral Candidate, 2nd Year

Research Interests: Anthropic thinking in animal cognition, biology education, social categorization/essentialism & its relationship to history and politics

Favorite Secondary Character: Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

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Eloise Davenport

Eloise Davenport

Doctoral Candidate, 1st year

Research interests: Intuitive explanations for conceptions of social identity, especially in digital environments; decision-making within health behavior contexts

Favorite secondary character: Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

Tobe Chima

Tobe Chima

Research Coordinator

Research interests: Conceptual organisation of thought, social categorization, neurodegenerative diseases, human exceptionalism, racial disparities in healthcare

Favorite Secondary Character: Summer from One Tree Hill

Kyleigh Watson

Kyleigh Watson

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Health literacy, intuitive language used in public health communications

Ritu Amarnani

Ritu Amarnani

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Abnormal Psychology, Emotion, Criminal Psychology, Development, Biochemistry, Biology

Favorite Secondary Character: Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)

Christopher Strasser

Christopher Strasser

Research Assistant

Research interests: 

Favorite Secondary Character:

Cat Cullina

Cat Cullina

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Moral and Clinical Psychology

Favorite Secondary Character: Abu (Aladdin)

Maya Mastro

Maya Mastro

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Developmental Psychology, Psychology related to the health care system, and Social Psychology

My favorite secondary character: Holly from the Polar Express

Laetitia Pierre-Louis

Laetitia Pierre-Louis

Research Assistant

Research Interest: Immunology, Mental Health, and Child Development
Favorite Secondary Character: Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
Kelly Marchese

Kelly Marchese

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Educational Psychology, and how studying cognitive construals can inform teaching and learning

Favorite Secondary Character: Winston (New Girl)

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Jasmine Ho

Jasmine Ho

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Psychological disorders (Anxiety & Depression), Child & Adolescent Development, Cultural/Racial Understanding and Treatment of Mental Health

Favourite Secondary Character: Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Alec Rutherford

Alec Rutherford

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Essentialism, social psychology, and racial disparities in healthcare

Favorite Secondary Character: Sohla El-Waylly (Bon Appétit)

Bailey Kossow

Bailey Kossow

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Exploring the intersection between neurological diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and their psychological effects.
 
Favorite Secondary Character: Winston from New Girl
Nicole Shiu

Nicole Shiu

Research Assistant

Research Interests: Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology
 
Favorite Secondary: Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Rachel Mutombo

Rachel Mutombo

Research Assistant

Research interests: how environmental science/ climate change taught in school impacts the life of students and their immediate families (does being taught younger influence family members to live a greener lifestyle)

Favorite secondary character: Killua from Hunter x Hunter