Research Assistants


 Caroline Praestholm

I’m a senior honors student double majoring in psychology and biology with a pre-medical focus, hoping to specialize in either psychiatry or neurology. My research interests include how mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, can affect cognition and attention. I’m on the executive boards for the psychology club and the Mental Health Awareness Organization, and enjoy cooking, staying involved in my sorority, and spending time with friends.

Ashley Keith

Ashley is a pre-medical junior 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.

 Hanah Barnard

Hanah is a senior student pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She has many interests within the field of psychology, but is most interested in the mental health and cognition of children. Her future goals are to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, primarily working with children and teens. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and playing outdoors with her dog Finnley.

Ethan Asher

Ethan is a junior 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.

Breanna Jones

Breanna is a senior student pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Arkansas. At the moment, Breanna’s main research interests include traumatic memories and their influence on neurological processes as well as Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. After graduating she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. When not in the lab, she enjoys traveling, cooking and watching live theatre.

Alanah Claybaugh

Alanah is a senior student majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Arkansas. Alanah is interested in a broad range of neuroscience topics, but she is particularly interested in understanding how mindfulness can help us achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health. Once she graduates in May, Alanah plans to pursue a graduate degree in a related program. In her free time, Alanah enjoys activities such as cooking, yoga, spending time with friends, and furniture restoration. 

Whitney Davis

Whitney is an honors junior 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. 

Lucas Bellaiche and minoring in music, data analytics, and Spanish. Lucas is a junior honors undergraduate double majoring in psychology and mathematics. Lucas, formerly a member of the Music Cognition Lab with Dr. 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.


Tatiana Lopatin

Tatiana is a pre-medical psychology student pursuing a career in psychiatry. Although fascinated by virtually all areas of neuroscience, her research interests focus on mental health; specifically, what mental disorders look like, chemically and physically, in the brain. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys creating art, hiking with friends, and reading.


Jessica Holloway

Jessica is a pre-medical junior student double majoring in criminology and psychology, as well as a minor in biology. She hopes to continue onto medical school after graduating to either focus on psychiatry or neurology. Her research interests are in psychopharmacology. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and being a dog mom.


Anne Walker

Anne is a senior Psychology student with a minor in Social Work. Anne works as a behavioral health specialist and primarily deals with children and teenagers who suffer from behavioral and mental health issues. At the moment, her primary research interests lie in finding new ways to help others achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health. In her spare time, Anne can be found selling her fingerpaintings and going on adventures with her family.

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.

Grace Staples

Grace is a junior 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.