Chris Wahlheim

Chris is a first generation college graduate who earned an A. A. degree at Black Hawk College, and B.S. and M.S. degrees at Illinois State University. He completed his Ph.D. training and two Postdoctoral Fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the director of the Memory and Cognition (MAC) Lab at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary research interests are in memory, cognitive aging, and metacognition. He is pursuing projects in all of these areas and would be delighted to talk with bright motivated students about research opportunities in his lab.

Graduate Students

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Sydney Garlitch

Sydney is a fifth-year graduate student in the Memory and Cognition Lab. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sydney is broadly interested in studying memory and attention, especially in the aging population. She is currently studying how older and younger adults differ in their ability to separate and integrate information across episodes in memory. To relax, she practices yoga and goes thrift shopping.

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Paige Kemp

Paige is a third-year graduate student in the Memory and Cognition Lab. She completed her B.S. in psychology at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Paige is deeply interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying memory and forgetting processes and how these affect well-being. Outside of her studies, she enjoys playing competitive golf and going on adventurous hikes.


Samantha DuBois

Sam is a second-year PhD student in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She received a B.A. in Neuroscience and History from Swarthmore College and completed her M.S. in Kinesiology here at UNCG. Sam is interested in examining how physical activity impacts cognitive functioning and brain health in individuals at risk for or currently experiencing cognitive declines. When not doing research or schoolwork, Sam can usually be found playing volleyball or exploring new hiking trails with her dog.

Research Assistants


Analiese Thomas

Analiese is a fourth year undergraduate at UNCG interested in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. She hopes to finish her B.S. in psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and aims to earn her master's degree there as well. In her free time, she enjoys studying at coffee shops, exploring outdoors, petting cats, and advocating for mental health and environmental sustainability.


Desmond Vasquez

Desmond is a first-generation college student. He graduated from Forsyth Tech Community College with an associates degree in science. He is now a senior at UNCG pursuing a B.A. in psychology. This is his second year working in a lab, and he is eager to gain research experience. He is especially interested in short-term memory. His goal is to acquire a PhD in psychology and to one day work as a psychiatrist. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, and enjoy working on his car.


Leah Sosnik

Leah Sosnik is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is a 3rd year Resident Advisor, President of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), member of Psychology Club, and member of Hillel. She is interested in cognitive differences between younger and older adults. She hopes to earn her master’s degree in counseling at Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, or UNC Greensboro. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, exploring coffee shops, and spending time with friends. 


Oscar Xu

Oscar is a senior pursuing B.S in psychology and anthropology. Comparative psychology is what interests him the most, learning about the cognition of other intelligent animals other than humans is thought to be endlessly fascinating to him. His main interests and hobbies include watching documentaries, exercising, cooking, reading and playing with his cats.


Halimah Iqbal

Halimah is a senior pursuing a B.S. in psychology and minor in biology. She hopes to graduate this fall. This is her first semester in the lab and she is eager to gain research experience. She is especially interested in cognitive perception and attention, as well as short-term memory. Following graduation, she plans to take a semester off to decide whether she wants to pursue a masters in clinical psychology or take the business route and pursue a masters in industrial and organizational psychology. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends and watch movies.


Rehnuma Ahmed

Rehnuma is a second-year pursuing a B.S. in Public Health and minor in Chemistry.  She is interested in learning about cognitive psychology and working in research related to memory function in humans. She would like to become a specialized physician and in her free time, she enjoys painting and finding new food spots.


Aaron Goldman

Aaron is a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. His current interests are in clinical and cognitive psychology, and he hopes to one day work as a therapist or counselor. In his free time, Aaron likes to read, play ukulele, and re-watch old shows and movies.