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Chris Wahlheim

Dr. Wahlheim 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 Associate Professor of Psychology and the director of the Memory and Cognition Lab at UNC Greensboro. His primary research interests are in memory, beliefs, 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.

His email address is:

Graduate Students

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Paige Kemp

Paige is a fourth-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.


Megan Wetterau

Megan is a first-year Master's student working in the Memory and Cognition Lab. She has received a B.S. in psychology from the Ohio State University with a minor in history and is thrilled to join UNCG. Megan is excited to explore attention and mind-wandering in regards to forming memories. Out of the lab she enjoys trying out local hiking trails and exploring Greensboro.


Samantha DuBois

Sam is a third-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.

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant


Carla Navarrete

Carla graduated from the University of Florida with her B.S. in Psychology and an emphasis in Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience. She hopes to get her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and eventually her PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, tennis, and playing with puppies.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Aaron Goldman

Aaron is a junior 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.


Rawan Mohamed

Rawan is a fourth-year student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Biology and Chemistry. She is interested in learning about cognitive and clinical psychology and hopes to one day become a therapist. After graduating she plans to pursue her master's in clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and playing video games. 


Abrile Rios Reyes

Abrile is a second-year first-generation undergraduate student. She is pursuing a B.S in Psychology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry and is interested in developmental and neuropsychology. One day, she hopes to become a Pediatric Neurologist. In her free time, she loves to watch movies and create art for her friends and family. 


Thahsa Vanlor

Thahsa is a senior pursing a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in learning about cognitive and social psychology. She hopes to get her PhD in Psychology after graduating and work with adolescents who comes from immigrate families. In her free time she enjoys reading, rewatching Disney movies, and listening to music.


Bayley Wellons

Bayley is a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology with a minor in computer science. She is still exploring her research interests but loves learning about cognitive psychology. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after graduation and work in research. In her free time, Bayley likes to play video games and watch her favorite shows. 


Jaylan Williams

Jaylan is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in pre-medicine. He is interested in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. He hopes to pursue his M.D. specializing in psychiatry. In his free time, he likes to cook and watch a variety of shows and movies.

Graduate Student Alumni

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Sydney Garlitch

Sydney earned her PhD in 2022. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.


Jong Won Lee

Jong Won earned his Master's degree in 2021. He is currently a PhD student in the Biostatistics department at Medical College of Wisconsin.


Sydney Smith

Sydney earned her Master's degree in 2021. She is currently a senior data analyst in the social listening research department at Anexinet + Veristor.


Tim Alexander

Tim earned his Master's degree in 2019. He is currently a freelance data analyst and voiceover talent in Los Angeles, CA.

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