We are a diverse lab with RAs from many different cultures and ethnicities! Our lab speaks a multitude of languages including: Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, and Portuguese!
Allegra J. Midgette (she/her/hers) is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the MD Lab. Dr. Midgette is a Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow 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 recently graduated early from Texas A&M University in August 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. 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 also working towards graduate school for a PhD in Clinical or Developmental Psychology focusing on the mental health of children and adolescents in minority and low-income communities. 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.
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.
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.
Massaro Ochoa (Mass) is a 3rd year undergraduate student at Texas A&M University who is pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Aerospace Engineering. Massaro has been part of the Moral Development lab since January 2022. Specifically interested in ethics and morality while also being passionate about trying to understand the people around him and helping them, Massaro aims to understand how and why different cultures and communities arise to different yet sometimes similar moral values through The Moral Development Lab. Massaro is also The Lead Systems Engineer of The AggieSat Laboratory working on one of its ongoing projects, AGS6, which is a cubesat funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory through the University Nanosatellite Program. Massaro plans on attending law school after finishing his undergraduate degrees so that he can eventually work not only in the Space Industry at NASA, but also work towards forming policies and incentives in Space Law that can benefit all of humanity. In his free time, Massaro enjoys going for walks, inquiring in philosophical thought and dialogue, playing chess, the piano, cooking different cuisines and recipes, writing, and most importantly, spending time with loved ones.
Yiming (Amelia) Wang (she/her/hers) is a third-year undergraduate student studying at Texas A&M University. She is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and has a minor in Sociology. Yiming joined the MD Lab in Spring 2022 in order to further explore her passion for developmental children and family dynamics. Meanwhile, she is also working towards graduate school for a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her future goal is to bring a positive impact on multicultural communities and families.
In her free time, Yiming is a member of TAMU Hong Dance Society on campus. She enjoys creating art, dancing, cooking, reading, and spending warm afternoons with friends all around.