Michelle is currently a student in Eastern Michigan University’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. She is truly enjoying her time as a graduate student, and is learning to balance class assignments, clinical work, and research responsibilities. Michelle is working on two main projects in her research lab, including analyzing data for her master’s thesis. The first project, called PediaTrac, focuses on developing a web-based measure of infant and toddler development that is easily accessible to parents and can identify early risk trajectories in children. The goal of the second project is to utilize EEG methodology to understand early visual attention in children. She has also started seeing clients in her university’s behavioral health clinical, and works with children and adults experiencing a variety of behavioral and emotional struggles. Through her classes, research, and clinical experience, Michelle hopes to specialize in pediatric psychology, and is specifically interested in gaining neuropsychology related experience.
She credits the DDM lab with giving her the base of her research knowledge she needed to be successful at the graduate school level and began her professional development in the field of psychology. Being a part of research every step of the way, from IRB approval to manuscript writing, was a valuable experience in her undergraduate career. It has allowed her to jump right into her research lab at Eastern Michigan and hit the ground running. She wants to thank Dr. Cowell for the wonderful mentorship she received in the DDM Lab!