Director

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 third-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 second-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 first-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 first-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 third 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.

Crystal Thinzar 

Crystal is a third-year international undergraduate student, pursuing a B.S in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-medicine and a minor in Chemistry. She is an aspiring psychiatrist who wishes to attend medical school after graduation from UNCG. She became more interested in Cognitive Psychology after learning about different disorders which either stems from or results in cognitive deficits. Her ultimate goal is to raise more awareness about mental health in the Asian community. In her free time, she likes to travel, explore different kinds of spicy food, and watch TV. 

Nahdira Rollins

Nahdira is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies. She is a member of the McNair Scholars Program and the Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG. She is interested in the psychology of creativity and innovation. Nahdira's career goals are to get a PhD and become a psychology professor. Outside of the lab, she loves anything Game of Thrones or Marvel-related.

Leah Sosnik

Leah is a second year undergraduate student at UNCG. She is pursuing a B.A. in psychology. She is interested in the way that people recall information and how that affects their actions. For now, her long term goals are to achieve a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration on Couple and Family Counseling. After she earns her Master’s degree, she hopes to open up her own practice in which she provides people with genuine therapy services. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Analiese Thomas

Analiese is a second year undergraduate at UNCG interested in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. She hopes to finish her BS 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.

Lakinta Garner

Lakinta is a fourth-year undergraduate at UNCG pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. In the future she hopes to attain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and aspires to own a private practice providing therapy services. She joined the Memory and Cognition Lab to gain research experience and  further explore her interests in the cognitive field. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Manuel Sixtos

Manny is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He is fascinated by cognitive psychology, with interests in individual differences in memory and attention. Long term, he plans to pursue a PhD in the same field. Outside of class, Manny enjoys video gaming, spending time with friends, and reading.

Skye Harrelson

Skye is a fourth year Psychology undergraduate, with a minor in Spanish. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, watching Netflix, travelling, and spending time with her friends. She loves assisting with research and observing the development and completion of research projects in the MAC Lab. Her main interests in cognitive psychology include false memory, cognitive distortions that impact emotion regulation, and memory progression across the lifespan. She will be graduating this semester with a B.S. in Psychology and plans to attend graduate school in the future. Her goal is to one day work as a clinical psychologist, specializing in child and youth psychotherapy.