Doctoral Students

Lauren Vega O’Neil

Lauren Vega O’Neil, M.Ed., M.S., is a doctoral candidate in the Acquiring Minds Lab. Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Saint Mary’s College, her Master’s of Education and ESL certificate from the University of Notre Dame, and a Neuroeducator certificate from the University of Portland. She is a former elementary and middle school teacher with both general ed and ESL experiences in Indiana, California, Costa Rica, Chile, and Oregon.

Lauren’s research involves socio-economic influences on learning and development. Past research in the Brain Development Lab includes work involving the neuroplasticity of selective attention and intervention strategies targeting the development of attention, self-regulation and emotional awareness in low-income preschoolers. Lauren is currently conducting research on SES, analogical learning, and the associated executive functions and language processes involved. Additional research interests include educators’ impressions & values of neuroscience, as well as neuroeducation curriculum development and implementation in professional teacher-preparation programs. In her free time Lauren enjoys running in the rain, sewing, and going on hikes with her partner and rambunctious Irish Setter. She also loves spending time with her family, traveling, and Da Bears, Da Bulls and Da Cubbies.

Jessica Kosie

Jessica Kosie is a doctoral student in the Acquiring Minds Lab. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. She began working in Dr. Baldwin’s lab as an undergraduate research assistant and continued her work in the lab as a master’s student and now as a doctoral student. She is currently conducting research in the domain of action processing and early understanding of goals and intentions. She is also interested in the development of Theory of Mind, including both children’s ability to understand the mental states of other humans and children’s tendency to attribute human-like mental states to non-human agents (anthropomorphism). She is fascinated by comparative research and spent the summer of 2011 working at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute with chimpanzees who use ASL to communicate. In her free time Jessica enjoys practicing yoga and hopes to soon become a certified yoga instructor. She also loves playing with her three cats, reading, traveling, learning ASL, and taking dance classes.

Amy J. Konyn

Amy Konyn is a doctoral student in Dr. Baldwin’s Acquiring Minds Lab. Amy completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Germanic Language & Literature at the University of Oregon in 1990. She then worked as an ERP Data Analyst in the Brain Electrophysiology Lab for a few years before pausing career to stay home and play with her young children. Since 2004 she has worked at Electrical Geodesics (now Philips-EGI), designing cool tools for neuroimaging. For the past two years she has investigated the brain mechanisms of micro-language acquisition as a master’s student with Dr. Don Tucker in the Brain Electrophysiology Lab, and she is very excited to be continuing her studies with Dr. Baldwin. In her spare time, Amy likes to stay home with her husband and children, drinking good coffee, eating lox, and reading Moomin comics.

 Netanel Weinstein
Netanel Weinstein is a doctoral student in Dr. Baldwin’s Acquiring Minds Lab. Netanel completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Yeshiva University where he was a member of Dr. Bruno Galantucci’s experimental semiotics lab.  In the ES lab, Netanel ran a study exploring the impact perceived similarity between participant’s had on their tendency to make egocentric errors in communication.   He then completed his MA in psychology at The New School for Social Research. At the NSSR, Netanel was a member of the Center for Research with infants and toddlers (CRIT) under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence Hirschfeld.  At CRIT, he was involved in a project exploring group perception and pro-social intuition in pre-verbal infants. He was also an active member of Dr. Shai Davidai’s Judgment and Decision making lab, studying the role motivational factors play in moral judgment. At the Acquiring Minds lab, Netanel is working with Dr. Baldwin on developing a methodology for the online study of interpersonal understanding during human interaction using behavioral measures such as eye-tracking.
Elizabeth Loi

Elizabeth (Liz) Loi is a doctoral student in the clinical area of the Psychology Department.  Liz’s research interests center around how early risk factors, from the prenatal period through the first few years of life, shape young children’s health, language, cognitive, and socioemotional outcomes.  Prior to graduate school, Liz worked for several years in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford as a research assistant and clinical research coordinator on studies that investigated language, executive function, and gross motor development among children with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities.  Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, arts and crafts, cooking, and baking.



Master’s Students

Honors Students

Kellan Kadooka
KellanKellan is a senior Honor’s Student working as a research assistant in Dr. Baldwin’s and Dr. Pfeifer’s lab. He majoring in Psychology and Humanities and aims to attain a Ph.D in Develomental Psychology. He enjoys working with children and is fascinated by how they learn and develop. His current research interests revolve around perceptual development and action processing in children. He enjoys playing music, cooking and eating good food.

Research Assistants

Alex Horne
Alex Horne is a freshman student from Portland, Oregon and a first-time research assistant in the Acquiring Minds Lab working with Lauren Vega O’Neil. Alex is a Psychology major and Business minor. He plans to get his graduate degree in psychology to continue conducting research on the way people learn to better the education system in our country. Alex has been an avid Duck fan his whole life and also loves the Portland Trail Blazers. In his free time, he loves playing basketball, listening to music and going to concerts, playing with his dogs, and hanging out with friends.
Isabella Fasheh
Isabella Fasheh is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Educational Foundations. She is a Research Assistant in the Acquiring Minds Lab. One of her goals is to complete graduate school after graduation and become an Elementary school teacher. Ultimately, she wants to attain her PhD and become a Professor. She loves art, getting to work with children and learning about new ideas and theories involving the developing mind. Outside of school she bikes, hikes, and spends time with her loved ones.