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

Sydney Garlitch

Sydney is a fourth-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.

Peter Lee

Peter is a third-year terminal masters student in the Memory and Cognition Lab. He graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 2018 with a dual degree in B.S. in Biological Science and B.S. in Psychology. Peter is interested in learning more about memory processing from both psychological and biological perspectives using eye tracking and EEG. He plans to become a cognitive neuropsychologist in the future. Peter spends most of his free time either swimming, house cleaning, or coffee making.

Sydney Smith 

Sydney is a second-year terminal masters student in the Memory and Cognition Lab. She completed her B.S. in Psychology in 2018 at UNCG. Her interests in cognitive psychology include working memory processes, attentional control, and the spacing effect. In her free time, Sydney enjoys photography, rock climbing, and spending time with her pup.

Paige Kemp

Paige is a second-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.

Research Assistants

Zachery Barnes

Zachery is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in psychology. Some of his interests in the field include memory, sports psychology, and social psychology. Upon graduating he plans to pursue a masters degree in one of his psychology interests. Zachery joined the MAC Lab to gain more research experience.  In his spare time he enjoys running, African American history, and binge- watching Netflix shows.

Danni Brower

Danni is in her fourth year pursuing a B.S. in psychology and minor in chemistry. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and hopes to engage in her own independent research while in the MAC lab. Her research interests include inhibitory processes in cognition, cognitive differences in asymptomatic psychotic disorders, and natural products as complementary medicine. In her free time, she enjoys making highlight videos of Olympic weightlifting (вперёд Россия!), dabbling noncommittally in French, Russian, and comparative linguistics, and playing chase with her cat.

Abdirahman Ibrahim

Abdirahman (Abdi) is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry. He is a South African-born immigrant to Somali refugees and lived in the western part of Cape Town for almost half his life. What got him interested in the psychology and psychiatry realm was his mentor/preceptor, Dr. Hanson, from Boston, MA. He is interested in studying and assisting with the learning and memory processes while at the MAC Lab. In his free time, he is either running or hiking, catching up on podcasts, and trying to learn French or about anything that has Man United in it. 

Cassie McCracken

Cassie is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is an aspiring Clinical Psychologist who wishes to pursue graduate school upon graduating from UNCG. Her particular interests are in both Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder 1 and 2. She is currently in two Cognitive Psychology labs at UNCG, the Memory and Cognition Lab and Dr. Robert Wiley's Cognitive and Neuroscience of Learning Lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys drawing, painting and spending time with loved ones. 

Katie Moffitt

Katie is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies. She is a member of the Lloyd International Honors College, University Marshals, and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society at UNCG. She is interested in cognitive functioning, specifically memory, as it relates to brain injury and decline. Katie's career goals are to get a position as a research assistant upon graduation, and then consider an advanced degree program. Outside of the lab, she enjoys photography, hiking, camping, and spending time with family (dogs included) and friends.

Temilayo Ogungbemi

Temilayo is a fourth-year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a Pre-Med concentration and a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. In his free time, he likes to play video games, ping pong, soccer, and dabbles in cooking. He joined MAC Lab to get research experience and to better understand how experiments examining human cognitive processes work and how these processes can potentially be improved. After graduation, Temilayo plans to take a two-year gap period to work at a psychiatric clinic and get his Master's degree in Neuroscience. After this period, he plans to apply to medical school and become a neuropsychiatrist or neurologist. 

Jacob Russell

Jacob is a transfer student from Rockingham Community College, where he obtained an A.S. degree. He is now a fourth-year undergraduate at UNCG, pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Human Biology. He plans to graduate in the Spring of 2021, enter a PhD program for Neuroscience, and participate in research on the developing field of cognitive enhancement. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys multiple forms of digital media, including 3D animation, digital art, writing, sound design, music editing, video editing, and photomanipulation. He is also involved in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Federation on campus, and greatly enjoys both tabletop and video gaming.

Analiese Thomas

Analiese is a third 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.

Harrison Treece

Harrison is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He is a member of the Spanish American Latin Student Association at UNCG. He is interested in the psychology of cognitive development with a concentration in cognitive memory errors. Harrison’s goals are to receive a PhD and become psychology professor. Outside of the lab, he enjoys running marathons, shopping for outfits, skateboarding, snowboarding, spending time with his family, and researching articles about human memory. 

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 junior at UNCG pursuing a B.A. in psychology.  This is his first semester 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.

Mufeng (Oscar) Xu

Oscar if a fifth year undergraduate student at UNCG, pursuing a B.S. in psychology. He is interested in comparative psychology and wishes to study animal behaviors and thought processes (such as those of octopuses, great apes, etc.) up close one day. Outside of the lab, his main interests include watching TV shows and documentaries, cooking, and hanging out with his cats.