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 Associate 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


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. 


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.


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.


Shane Jerrom

Shane is a fourth-year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation, he is interested in pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He is particularly interested in utilizing findings from multiple fields in psychology together to help build rich, comprehensive understandings of human psychology. In his free time he enjoys singing and playing guitar, cooking, playing video games, and watching television and film.


Sarah Brondos

Sarah is a senior at UNCG pursuing a B.S. in psychology and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a master's degree in human resources or in industrial and organizational psychology. She is fascinated by research psychology and is looking forward to the valuable opportunity and experience of being a part of the MAC Lab team. In her time outside of school, Sarah works as the office manager for the musical group, the Kruger Brothers; and she enjoys as much time as possible with her fiancé and children - traveling, kayaking, watching documentaries, working out, woodworking, and photography.


Rawan Mohamed

Rawan is a third-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.