Allegra J. Midgette (she/her/hers) is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the MD Lab. Dr. Midgette is an Assistant Professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at Texas A&M University. She completed a two-year NICHD T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Midgette graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Education, with honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Midgette has collaborated with scholars at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil), Northeast Normal University (China), Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China), and Seoul National University of Education (South Korea)
Marla Sarmiento (she/her/hers) is the lab manager in the MD Lab and a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. She is working towards gaining research experience and will be assisting Dr. Midgette closely in recruitment of participants and building connections within the BCS community. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate school programs for a PhD in Developmental Psychology focusing on child maltreatment and its effects on development. When she is not working, she enjoys embroidery, reading, playing with her two dogs (a poodle named Bacon and an Irish-Norfolk terrier named Charlie), cooking, and learning how to bake.
Ssu Yuh Yeh is a first-year Master’s Student in Health Education at Texas A&M University. As part of the lab, she is in charge of interview transcriptions and inductive analysis for interview data. As an international student, she is able to bring her multicultural perspective to the lab. She focuses on mental benefits of physical activity for people who have traumas due to severe incidents in their lives. On her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and exercising.
Chin-Ling Lee is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Prior to her Ph.D. program, she had 7 years of experience in agricultural extension and worked closely with farmers in Taiwan to promote and guide the adoption of precision agriculture. Chin-Ling’s research topic focuses on the understanding of factors that influence farmers’ precision agriculture technology adoption. She joined the MD lab to have more experience in conducting research with qualitative research design to apply the research techniques to her dissertation.
MacKenzie Logan is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University majoring in Psychology B.A. with a focus in Healthy Development. Her passion lies in helping children grow and develop by creating uplifting and safe environments. MacKenzie will be furthering her education in the summer by pursuing a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction as part of the Texas A&M Graduate Certification program. She hopes to have a career as an ELAR teacher. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and creative writing.
Juana Zorrilla is a third-year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University majoring in Psychology B.A. Juana joined MD Lab because of her passion for children and to see how their surroundings such as their families can have an enormous impact on them. To pursue her passion for children and their development, Juana wants to further her education by getting a Master’s in School Psychology. Since she can remember she always dreamed of working with children and helping them in any way she could. Juana is someone that in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as doing some kind of physical activity.
Jocelyn Alvarez is a second year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University, majoring in Psychology. She joined the Moral Development Lab this Spring semester in hopes of gaining research experience as well as gaining the opportunity to connect with the people in the community. She aspires to be a counseling psychologist and being able to have hands-on experience doing interviews and learning how to collaborate with others in a professional environment, is something that she believes to be very beneficial for her professional development. She hopes to get a masters in Business as well as Counseling Psychology as her goal is open a practice back home. During her free time, Jocelyn enjoys playing soccer, going for runs with her Australian Shepard Bee, and spending time with friends.
Vivian is a Junior who is majoring in Psychology and earning a minor in Sociology. She hopes to earn her masters or PhD in Psychology after graduation. She wants to pursue a career working with children, either in a research or therapy environment. Vivian enjoys spending time with her partner and his cat, Simba. She also enjoys trying new restaurants in the College Station/Bryan area.
Noah Day is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University with plans to earn a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in History. Noah joined the Moral Development Lab in May 2022 to collaborate with peers in order to help families, as well as gain research experience. Noah hopes to further his education by pursuing Sports Psychology in Graduate School. In his free time, Noah enjoys sports, chess, and studying history.
Julia Wilson is a sophomore undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. She is currently majoring in psychology and also plans to receive a minor in sociology. She joined the Moral Development Lab to ultimately gain a greater understanding of both the psychological and sociological field, as well as to recognize how the two associate with one another. Julia hopes to gain hands-on research experience and to have the opportunity to work alongside peers and mentors in a collaborative environment. She plans on eventually earning a masters degree in psychology and pursuing a counseling psychology profession specifically with children or teens, but is interested in several areas of practice. During her free time she enjoys walking her dog Birdie, hiking, going on coffee runs, sleeping, or hanging out with friends.
Jaehong Hwang is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University who is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. Jaehong has joined the Moral Development Lab in January 2022 and is hoping to gain research experience as well as looking forward to working within the community. Jaehong plans on going to graduate school for a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and hopes to work with non-profit organizations in the future. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with friends, traveling, and playing sports.