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.

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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


Katherine Gentry

Katherine is a senior and is getting her B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in researching psychology because she loves learning about the brain and about how memory works. She plans on continuing her education to become a psychologist one day. Katherine’s hobbies include baking and photography.


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.


Ali Hamdoon

Ali is a senior at UNCG pursuing a B.A. in psychology and a minor in biology. After graduating, he plans to pursue a master's degree in public health. He is intrigued by the human mind in terms of memory, cognition, and its fallibility. He plans to follow his passion into the healthcare industry. In his time outside of academics, he plays basketball, goes to car meets, and tries to find new music to add to his playlist on a daily basis.


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. 


Adeline Sallade

Addy is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in ASL and Deaf Studies. She is particularly interested in forensic psychology and the study of behavior, and plans to continue her education to the doctoral level; she is training for the FBI Academy entrance exam. In her spare time, she enjoys reading poetry and sewing- she is currently working as head costume designer for the Ashby Haunted House Committee! She loves learning and trying new things, and is excited for the opportunity to be part of the MAC Lab this fall.


Alistar Webster

Alistar is a senior student at UNCG. They major in psychology and are on their way to getting a Bachelor's degree in psychology in December. They want to become a clinical therapist in the future. They are really enjoying participating in research this semester. In their free time, they like to watch movies, play video games, and listen to music. 


Brooke Willis

Brooke is a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology with a minor in chemistry and a focus in pre-dental studies here at UNCG. She is very interested in research that specifically deals with how aging affects memory. She plans to attend dental school and pursue a career in general dentistry or oral surgery. In her free time, Brooke loves to draw, cook, and ride motorcycles with her husband. 

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.