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Research Assistants

Harrison Yu

Psychology, Economics, Minor in Business and Data Science/ sophomore

Harrison Yu is currently a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Science. He is pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology and a double minor in Business and Data Science. He really enjoys approaching psychological and social subjects with a data-driven mindset. He is really interested in learning more about human behaviors at various stages of development and in multiple settings.


Jiahe Wang

Psychology major & Data Science minor, class of 2024






Lian Luo

Major: Psychology; Minor: Japanese; 2024/Sophomore






Iman Omer

Class of 2025, Medicine, Health, and Society and Psychology

Iman is a freshman majoring in Psychology and Medicine Health and Society. She loves working with children and would like to pursue child clinical psychology after graduation.




Nora Wang

Psychology, MHS; Class of 2024

I have a great interest in psychology, and it’s my dream to become a counselor or psychotherapist in the future! I’m excited to work at Chill Lab and to do something for families in need. In my free time, I enjoy watching musicals, cooking, and eating all kinds of delicious food!



Yuhe Pan

Child Studies & Psychology; Class of 2023

I’m an international student from Shanghai China, majoring in Child Studies and Psychology. I enjoy communicating and building connections with people and also like working with children. I’m currently considering getting into the field of education or counseling.



Antony Peng

Cognitive Studies & Chemistry, Class of 2023

Born in Reno, NV, and raised in Solon, OH, I am a Vanderbilt undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Studies and Chemistry. I joined the CHILL lab the summer before my third year, beginning my work designing a survey in order to assess the efficacy of post-bereavement services at VUMC. Currently, my research focuses upon understanding family conceptions of legacy, especially those bereaved by suicide…Read More


Emily Irwin

Child Studies: Applied Professional Track, Concentration in Pediatric Health Care

I am originally from the North Shore of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. I am excited to be pursuing the path to becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist while at Peabody and I am particularly interested in behavioral health. In my free time, I love to cook and try new coffee shops around Nashville!


Monica (Yumeng) Shen

Major: Child Development & MHS; Minor: Biological Sciences/Junior, class of 2024

Monica Shen is a junior at Vanderbilt University, double majoring in Child Development and Medicine, Health, & Society and minoring in Biological Sciences. She has been a tutor for five years, teaching students from 3 to 24 years old. She aspires to be a researcher in developmental psychology and parenting.


Kate Smith

Junior majoring in Special Education and Child Development

My name is Kate Smith and I’m a junior from McKinney, Texas. I’m double majoring in Special Education on the Severe/Multiple Disabilities track and Child Development. On campus, I am also involved in Alpha Chi Omega and I work at Student Centers. I am very interested in kids who’s brains work outside of the box! …Read More



Miles Abney

Undergraduate Junior majoring in cognitive studies & religious studies

I’m originally from Midland, TX, but my family recently moved to Houston, TX. I am a junior in Vanderbilt’s undergraduate Peabody College and I hope to pursue a career that allows me to actively work with and help others. I have a particular passion for working with children, siblings, and those with special needs and enjoy painting, yoga, exercise, travel and volunteering in my free time.


Bemnet Argaw


Child Development & Medicine, Health, and Society on the Pre-Nursing Track 

Bemnet Argaw is a junior double majoring in Child Development & Medicine, Health, and Society on the Pre-Nursing Track in hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner.  She has passions in children and healthcare, specifically how early experiences can influence a child’s holistic health…Read More

Julia Ann Red Wing


Undergraduate sophomore majoring in Medicine, Health, & Society and Human & Organizational Developmental, with a minor in Communications of Science & Technology

Constantly moving when I grew up enriched my ability to be adaptable. Despite my environment changing, I remained steadfast in serving others and engaging in my community… Read More