Research Assistants & Lab Personnel


John Clay – Professional Research Assistant

John is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, where he majored in both psychology and business.  Before pursuing his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, he is taking a gap year to both gain knowledge and explore his interests.  His main research interests entail the cognitive mechanisms behind creativity, with a focus on how attention affects these processes.  Outside of academic interests, he enjoys playing music, drawing, and running.

Whitney Davis

Whitney is an honors senior psychology student with a minor in anthropology. She is interested in researching the effects of technology use on children and adolescents regarding their creative problem solving and attention. Her plans following graduation are to pursue a Ph.D in experimental psychology. In her spare time, Whitney loves to travel, create art, and be outdoors. 

Ashley Keith

Ashley is a pre-medical senior honors student majoring in biology and psychology. She intends to pursue a career in neurology after medical school. Her research interests include cognitive neuroscience and analyzing the mental processes behind behavior and emotion. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, spending time with her family, and trying new sushi restaurants.

Ethan Asher

Ethan is a senior student majoring in Psychology. He is interested in the effect substance abuse has on cognition. His goals after graduation are to work with people affected by substance abuse issues and pursue a career in clinical psychology. In his free time, he loves to play soccer and golf, as well as spend time with friends and family.

 Yelyzaveta Bachynska

Yelyzaveta is a senior student majoring in chemical engineering with minors in psychology, mathematics, and chemistry. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience and its role in various neurodegenerative disorders. After graduation, she is planning on staying in academia to study cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis on neural system deficiencies. She is also interested in improving mental health treatment. In her free time she enjoys reading books, spending time with her dog, going for lengthy walks, and spending time outside.

Lucas Bellaiche 

Lucas is a senior honors undergraduate double majoring in psychology and statistics, and minoring in music, data analytics, and Spanish. Lucas, formerly a member of the Music Cognition Lab with Dr. Elizabeth Margulis, is interested in cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis in music cognition within the brain, including processes relating to emotion and imagination. He plans to obtain a doctoral degree in neuroscience and become a professor within the field. Outside of the lab, Lucas enjoys playing tennis, playing in the University of Arkansas saxophone studio, and traveling.


Meredith Ellenwood 

Meredith is a pre-medical sophomore majoring in psychology. She is interested in neuroscience and studying how brain chemistry and related processes interconnect with cognition. Meredith plans to pursue a career as a primary care physician after medical school. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, as well as leading in the University of Arkansas’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry. 


Gabriel Masi

Gabriel is a senior with a major in psychology and a minor in business administration. He has experience with examining and implementing behavioral changes in individuals while working with an internationally renowned cognitive neuroscientist at the Peak Brain Institute. Gabriel is interested in exploring the brain dynamics of neurophenomenology, as well as industrial-organizational psychology. Intrigued by the potential of biotechnology and its’ role in human evolution, it is his goal to learn about the effects of meditation and mental training on brain plasticity and emotional regulation. Outside of academia, Gabriel can usually be found meditating, reading or journaling, exploring human potential through CrossFit, and dancing his way through the great outdoors with his tribe.

Grace Staples

Grace is a senior departmental honors student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Her interests include neuropsychological development and injury in youth. She’s loved kids all her life and hopes to someday work in a pediatric setting. After graduating, she’ll pursue a Ph.D. in neuropsychology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exercising, and doing puzzles.

Caroline Tankersley

Caroline is a senior undergraduate student majoring in psychology. Her research interests include analyzing the applications of cognitive and social psychology in treating societal issues, such as substance abuse. She is also interested in exploring industrial-organizational psychology. Following graduation, her plans are to pursue a Ph.D in experimental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive and social psychology. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys traveling, being outdoors with friends, and watching crime documentaries.