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 general content knowledge from a few psychology courses (General Psychology and Introduction to Experimental) 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
Dominique is a senior Psychology major with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation. She joined the Pioneer Emotion and Decision-making Lab in January 2018. Her research interests include stress, decision-making, and memory. After she graduates from UW-Platteville, she plans to go to grad school to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Bailey is currently pursuing degrees in psychology and biology at UW-Platteville. She plans to attend graduate school for occupational therapy. She is interested in research on topics such as decision making, risky choice, impulsive choice, psychophysiology, neuroscience, and anatomy/physiology.
Dana Mueller 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.
William Houghton – Bio coming soon!
- Chelsea Davis, Winter ’18 (UWP) – Pursuing MSW at Clarke University
- Tina Pizzo, ’18 (SNC) – OT Aide, applying for OT school
- 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.
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.
Friends, Collaborators, & Inspirations
- Hub Lab
- Denburg Lab
- DDM Lab
- Dr. Bill Hedgcock
- Dr. Dan Tranel
- Dr. Gina Moreno
- Kable Lab
- Dr. Antoine Bechara
- Dr. Irwin Levin
- University of Iowa – Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program