PEDL is a collaborative lab led by Kameko Halfmann and operating under a novice-apprentice-practitioner-expert model. In other words, undergraduate students generally enter the lab with little to no research experience but have general content knowledge from a few psychology courses (General Psychology and Introduction to Experimental). The start as novices and progress to apprentices as they develop skills. If students dedicate time working as an apprentice in the lab, they will eventually become a practitioner and many continue in graduate school to develop expertise.

Current student researchers

Dana headshot

Dana Mueller

Dana is a Junior Psychology major with a double minor in Biology and Forensic Investigation.  Her research interests are decision making, neuroscience, anatomy/physiology, neuroendocrinology, and memory.  She plans to attend graduate school after completing her undergraduate degree at UW-Platteville.


Madison Schony

Maddie is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. Maddie joined the PEDL lab in fall of 2018. She is interested in studying anxiety and stress, as well as cultural psychology and positive psychology. Maddie plans to continue her research interests in her studies in graduate school upon graduating from UW-Platteville in May of 2020.


Haley Daniels

Haley is a junior Psychology major with a business administration minor. She joined the PEDL lab spring semester of 2019. Her research interests are learning, memory and child/adolescent development. After she graduates in Spring of 2020 from UW-Platteville she plans to attend graduate school for a masters in School Psychology. 

Emma Dums

Emma is a sophomore psychology major at UW-Platteville. More on Emma soon!

Lab Alumni

  • Dominique Kornely, ’19 (UWP) – Pursuing MA in Clinical Science at UNI
  • Bailey Kerkel (UWP, current student)
  • William Houghton (Platteville high school, current student)
  • Chelsea Davis, Winter ’18 (UWP) – Pursuing MSW at Clarke University
  • Tina Pizzo, ’18 (SNC) – Pursing MS in Occupational Therapy
  • Paige Van Rossum,  ’18 (SNC)
  • Marissa Elliott, ’17 (SNC) – pursuing MPH at Yale University
  • Carly Barry, ’16 (SNC) – currently pursuing Psy D at Midwestern University

Interested in Joining?

PEDL aims to have 2-5 active student research apprentices each semester. Student research apprentices are expected to commit at least one year to the lab, with an average of about 5 hours per week during the academic year. You can choose to volunteer, earn course credit (1-3 elective credits for 4730), or apply for funding through UWP, Psi Chi, or another mechanism. I also aim to provide funding to at least one or two students each summer through grants.

Conducting research as an undergraduate is a great opportunity to learn new skills, explore research and grad school as possible post-undergrad options, and gain experience working with a team.

If you are interested in joining our team, check out the application here.

If you’re not sure whether research is right for you, but you think you might be interested, check out this source.

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