Graduate Students


Hello. My name is Tiffany Grovenstein and I am from Durham, NC. I graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology in 2010 and a M.S. in Psychology in 2013 from North Carolina State University. My current research interests focus on early cognitive development, specifically early autobiographical memory, and narrative development. I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching. My current working thesis for graduate school is “Predictors of Adults’ Childhood Memories: Perceived Parental Involvement and Family Expressiveness” and my dissertation is focused on “The Socialization of Narrative Coherence: Linkages Between Maternal Reminiscing and Children’s Later Independent Narratives.” In addition to my recent, I am also currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Wake Technical Community College. I also love to scrapbook and listen to music in my free time.

Hello. My name is Esther and I am a doctoral student in the Lifespan Developmental PhD program at North Carolina State University. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College and completed a post-baccalaureate program in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California at Irvine. My research interests broadly include the influence of culture across the lifespan, cognitively and socially. Specifically, I am interested in examining bicultural identity development, bilingual development, frame switching, and self-derivation through memory integration in bicultural individuals. Finally, some things that I enjoy are traveling, exploring new places, and anything sports-related (ie. playing, watching and learning).

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Flatt. I am a 2nd year graduate student involved in work with both the M&ND and FABB Labs at North Carolina State University. My interests include parent-child socialization of emotions and around difficult life circumstances. I am currently involved in research about young adults’ beliefs about respect as well as children’s knowledge and parents’ socialization around COVID-19. Outside of research, I enjoy gardening, singing and dancing.

Hey guys! My name is Julia. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My undergraduate training in the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab primarily focused on social relationships in adolescence and neural pathways of stress. At North Carolina State University, my research interests rest in adolescence, emerging adulthood, and identity formation. My latest projects revolve around observing the role of social support as a moderator in the relationship between pandemic-related stress and identity distress within emerging adulthood. While conducting my research, I work as a teaching assistant for graduate-level statistics courses including Multivariate Statistics and Multi-Level Modeling. Once completing my Ph.D. in Lifespan Development Psychology, I aspire to work in user experience research and data analytics. Extra activities I enjoy include art, writing, crafting, and reading.