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 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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.