Early Childhood Development Project Staff


Dr. Jennifer LaBounty









Dr. LaBounty is the director of the Early Childhood Development Laboratory.  She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.  She is the mother of 5-year-old Emma and 2-year-old Matthew.  Her research interests include understanding of mind and emotion in preschool-aged children and understanding of actions and intentions in infants. 


Emma Albrow - Research Assistant












I’m a senior from Marin County, California with a major in psychology and minor in art. I just came back from spending spring semester exploring Australia, and am so excited to spend my first summer in Portland! Last summer I worked with children at our local children’s museum, and I’m grateful to be able to work with them now in this setting this summer! Other than hanging out with friends and family, during free time I enjoy completing various craft projects, painting, watching movies, and going to food carts.

Lindsey Bosse - Research Assistant






Lindsey is a now-senior at Lewis & Clark College, studying both English and Psychology. She has just recently returned from a study abroad semester in Ecuador, and has come back to the rainy city with restored passion for biking in the rain, eating at food carts, wandering through farmers markets and spending the in-between time focusing on academics; most specifically researching and “geeking out” on child development and William Shakespeare.

Hannah Cooper - Research Assistant







Hannah Cooper is a senior from Boulder, Colorado. She is a psychology major with a focus in developmental psychology with a minor in religious studies. She is looking forward to her first summer in Portland and getting to play with lots of babies. Hannah is a Resident Advisor for Copeland Hall, actively participates in Student Government, and is the 2nd chair of the Campus Activities Board. In addition to school, she enjoys hiking, yoga, folk rock, and tea. 

Jaline King - Research Assistant




Jaline is a senior Psychology Major and Chinese Minor from Portola Valley, California. She is studying abroad in China in the Fall Semester of 2012. She has traveled and lived in over 15 countries. She loves traveling and most of her childhood revolved around going to a different place every summer with her family. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She has two pet rabbits and also enjoys volunteering helping and being with animals. She also enjoys singing, running, doing yoga, and relaxing in downtown Portland.  She has always loved being around kids, and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with kids while at college. She has volunteered with SMART reading last year, and hopes to find an internship where she can make a difference in a child’s life in the near future.

Katy Nelson - Research Assistant












Katy is a senior psychology major and art history minor, originally from Wisconsin. She spent the Fall 2011 semester studying abroad in Greece, and traveling is one of her life passions and goals. She has spent the last four summers providing childcare for several families in both her hometown in Wisconsin as well as in the Portland area. She has always loved working with children of all ages, and is excited for the opportunity to aid in child developmental research this summer. When she is not busy, Katy enjoys baking, hiking, reading, and spending time with her friends. 


Maggie Oliver - Research Assistant






I’m a senior psychology major, originally from Seattle, WA. In addition to psychology, I study French and just returned from a semester abroad in Senegal.  Both of my parents are teachers, so I’ve grown up in an educational environment.  I’ve helped out in my mom’s classroom ever since I was too old to be one of her students.  In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, ride my bike, take photos and explore the city.  For the past seven summers, I worked as a teacher’s aid at the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington.  This is a early childhood education program where typically developing kids are learning alongside kids with disabilities in an inclusive environment.  This is my first summer away from home, and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the research end of child development.  After graduation I plan to go to graduate school, either for education or to continue my studies in psychology.

ECDL Alumni

Theresa Hennings - Graduate Student












I will be starting my developmental psychology PhD program at University of Washington in fall 2012, primarily studying infants’ and toddlers’ social-emotional development. In collaboration with Professor Betty Repacholi, I’ll be focusing on how children observe other people’s emotional interactions and how those interactions affect their own behavior and self-regulation. I also hope to conduct research on the effects of parental relations and early attachment on socio-cognitive and emotional development.

Gabby Castro - Graduate Student







Caitlin Harper - Lewis & College Admissions Counselor









Caitlin currently works as an Admissions Counselor for the Lewis & Clark College Undergraduate Admissions Office. She enjoys numerous aspects of the job, including speaking with prospective students about her experience as a psychology major and working in the lab with Professor LaBounty.