Meet the Research Team

Principal Investigator:

 Dr. Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. I have conducted research on the development of memory for personal experiences for over 25 years. My work includes experimental studies of the factors that influence memory and cognitive development children, adolescents and young adults, as well as large-scale studies of memory in trauma victims. Some of my current work look at how children, adolescents, and adults make sense of and remember highly stressful or traumatic past experiences. The other area of my work focuses on the applications of cognitive and developmental science to teaching and learning. This link will take you to my faculty website:

Graduate Students:

Robyn Kelton. I am a doctoral student in the Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Doctoral programs at the University of Kansas. I originally began working in the MADLAB when I was an undergraduate Psychology major at KU in 2004 and 2005. After 7 years working for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership in Chicago and receiving my MA from National Louis University, I returned to KU to work on my Ph.D. I am interested in how people remember highly negative experiences, especially in the origins of a ruminative style of remembering such events.

Margarita Pavlova. After receiving my BA in Psychology and my MA in Developmental Psychology from New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria, I came to KU to pursue a PhD in Psychology. As of 2017 I am a fist year PhD student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences P20257662_10155557882617630_1928888784_orogram. My research interests have focused mostly in how people see things to be similar, and how analogy processes interact with other cognitive processes. I have conducted research with preschool children on analogical and cognitive development, as well as on memory and reasoning. I am very interested in investigating how analogical reasoning develops through childhood and how it can benefit learning in both formal and informal settings.

Current Undergraduate Students and Research Assistants:

Robert Curtis. Senior Psychology Major

Lauren Holland. Senior Psychology Major.

Hannah Pulford. Junior Psychology Major.

Kristin Teahan. Hi there! My name is Kristin Teahan, and I am a senior in the School of Education. I am majoring in Middle Level Science Education and minoring in

Teahan K.Psychology. I joined the MAD Lab this semester because learning about child memory and development is not only an interesting area of study, but it also has many profound implications for the field of education that could help my future students. I hope to someday get my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction to make the classroom a better place for students. When I’m not in the lab, you can find me lesson planning or catching up with friends!


Alumni (former Ph.D. students):

  • Alisa Miller Beyer, Faculty Member, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Sarah Bunnell, Associate Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Rebecca Johnson, Pediatric Psychologist, Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City
  • John-Paul Legerski, Associate Professor, University of North Dakota
  • Monica Tsethlikai, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • Erin Hambrick, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Shengkai Sun (“Sunkey”), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami