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

Nica HeadshotDominique Kornely 

Dominique is a senior Psychology major with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation. She joined PEDL 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.

Dana MuellerDana headshot

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.

Maddie Schony

Bio coming soon!

Lab Alumni

  • Bailey Kerkel (UWP, current student)
  • William Houghton
  • 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. 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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