Student Research Assistants

Nicole Martin

Psychology Major- Class of 2021

Nicole is a Junior at University of New England where she is majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Special Education. She is from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Nicole is the Lab Manager for the RCC Lab as well as the Study Coordinator for the lab’s Older Adult study, and has been working there for three years. She hopes to obtain a PhD in one of the branches of psychology to eventually work with children with autism.  Nicole loves working in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition as she feels it is a great setting to challenge herself, learn about research and gain experiences. “Working in Dr. Stiegler-Balfour’s lab has given me countless opportunities and experiences that have shaped both my time at UNE and the student I have become while here.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!”

Genna Companatico

Psychology major- Class of 2020

Genna is a senior at the University of New England from Cranston, Rhode Island. She is majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Anthropology. Genna is the Study Coordinator for the lab’s Measures Study, and has been working there for two years. Her goal is to one day earn a masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a focus on the adolescent population. Genna wanted to work in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab to gain more experience with research and professional skills needed for graduate school. “Working with someone who is so passionate about their field of study, like Dr. Stiegler-Balfour, is really inspiring and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know I am going to learn so much from Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and my peers and I cannot wait.”

Aubrey Sahouria

Neuroscience Major – Class of 2022

Aubrey is a sophomore at the University of New England from Richmond, California. She is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Applied Mathematics. Aubrey is the Publication Coordinator for the lab, and has been working there for two years. She hopes to someday earn a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and study how language interacts with the brain. Aubrey wanted to join the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab to delve into the world of research on the mind and language. She is very excited to work with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour to enrich her education and to gain experience in psychological research. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and her research team. I would love to learn how to successfully craft and execute studies, and I cannot wait to start exploring these cognitive inquiries.”

Grace Bernatchez

Psychology Major – Class of 2021

Grace is a junior at the University of New England from Manchester, New Hampshire. This is Grace’s first year in the RCC lab, and she is the Subject Record Keeper. Majoring in Psychology, she is still figuring out whether Clinical Counseling Psychology or Ecopsychology is where she would hope to obtain a PhD.  Grace is interested in the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab in order to gain a broader span of knowledge, skills, and experience for her future endeavors.  She is extremely excited to be working with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour because her passion for her job and research lab is something to look up to and take from.  “I am super lucky and psyched (no pun intended) to be working with Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and the research team.  Research is an interesting, fast-paced field.  I’m excited to learn new things!”

Isabella Martin

Psychology Major – Class of 2023

Bella is a Freshman at the University of New England, where she is majoring in Psychology. This is Bella’s first year at the RCC lab. Her goal after UNE is to attend graduate school where she will study optometry. Bella wanted to join the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab to gain useful lab experience at a college level and because it provides insight for both of her fields of passion. “It connects optometry and psychology in a way I have never thought of before. I am so thankful for this opportunity to work with such an amazing team. I can not wait to learn so much from Dr. Stiegler-Balfour and other members of the lab.”

Emily Newborough

Psychology Major – Class of 2023

Emily is a Freshman at the Univerisity of New England from Derry, New Hampshire. She is majoring in Psychology. This is Emily’s first year in the RCC lab. Her goal is to obtain a PhD in one of the many areas of psychology with the dreams of becoming a forensic psychologist. Emily was interested in joining the Reading Comprehension and Cognition lab as she would gain insight into the world of research and would learn valuable skills that will be needed in her professional career. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside not only Dr. Stiegler-Balfour but also the other members of the lab as I know that I can learn so much from all of them.”