Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Margaret (Megan) Fields-Olivieri | Pronouns: She/Her

Megan is an Assistant Professor who joined the UNCG Clinical Psychology faculty in 2021. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child clinical psychology from Penn State University. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, where she received specialized training in infant and early childhood mental health. Megan’s research focuses on the intersection of emotional and verbal development in early childhood, particularly the role that toddlers’ emotions play in parent-child communication. She is especially interested in leveraging novel technologies to sample everyday parent-child communication and emotion socialization processes in ecologically valid ways. In her spare time, Megan loves spending time with her family, eating good food, listening to podcasts and spending time outside.

Graduate Students

Brianna Halter | Pronouns: She/Her

Brianna is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UNC Greensboro (Fall 2022 Cohort). She received her B.S. in Psychology at Washington State University in 2020, where she continued to work as a post baccalaureate in an Infant Temperament Lab and Adolescent Personality and Social Media Lab until Fall 2022. She is interested in exploring parent-toddler interactions and their impact on emotion regulation and language development, with a particular interest in understanding the risk and protective factors that may interplay within said interactions. In her free time, Brianna enjoys venturing outdoors, practicing yoga, and taking aimless night drives while listening to good tunes. 

Crystal Ei Thinzar | Pronouns: She/Her

Crystal is an international student from Myanmar and a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UNC Greensboro (Fall 2021 Cohort).  She received her B.S. in Psychology with Disciplinary Honors from UNC Greensboro in May 2020.  Upon graduation and before entering the clinical doctoral program, she worked closely with Dr. Margaret Sheridan as a full-time lab manager in the CIRCLE Lab at UNC Chapel Hill. Broadly, she is interested in identifying developmental pathways to psychopathology within family, psychosocial and sociocultural contexts with a focus on moment-to-moment parenting and the role of language in emotion regulation. Professionally, she is passionate about mentoring and raising mental health awareness in the Asian community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching TV shows and exploring different kinds of spicy food.

Crystal's Master's Thesis Project 

The primary goal is to develop a coding system that captures the content of parent speech within daylong samples of parent-child conversations as recorded and quantified by Language Environment Analysis (LENA). Specifically, the study will assess the pattern in which different parental response codes follow different toddler cues (i.e., toddler vocalizations of positive or neutral valence, vocalizations of negative valence and cries) in naturalistic settings. 

Kristin Jennings | Pronouns: She/Her

Kristin is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UNC Greensboro (Fall 2022 Cohort). She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Florida and her M.S. in Psychology from Villanova University. As a Master’s student, she worked with Dr. Janette Herbers studying developmental processes of risk and resilience in children experiencing family homelessness. Prior to entering doctoral training, Kristin worked as a home visitor through the Healthy Families Arizona program in Tucson. Currently, she is interested in studying parent-toddler communication to capture the dynamic, dyadic processes involved in language and emotion regulation development. She is also interested in how individual factors, such as parent emotion socialization goals and child temperament, may influence these processes. In her free time, Kristin enjoys being in nature, doing yoga, or watching a good limited series.

Post-Bacc Research Assistants

Dianna Mock 

Pronouns: She/Her

Dianna recently graduated from UNC Greensboro with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She plans on working towards her goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, working with children and adolescents. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and spending time with friends and family.  She is very excited to be a part of the TALK lab! 

Krystajah Davis 

Pronouns: She/Her

Krystajah is a post-baccalaureate student for pre-medical sciences at UNCG. She received her B.A in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2022. Her goal is to work within the medical community as a psychiatrist working closely with adolescents and young adults. Outside of school, she is an ABA therapist providing for children on the autism spectrum and other developmental challenges providing guidance with the intention of helping patients alter behaviors. She enjoys travelling as well as eating food, and she is very excited to join the lab!

Paige Perry

Pronouns: She/Her

Paige received a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2018 with minors in Social Work and Women's Studies. Her goal is to work with children and families in clinical settings as a practicing child clinical psychologist. Upon graduating, Paige has worked with children with developmental disorders and with teens and adults with mental health diagnoses. She is interested in exploring the relationship between emotion regulation and language development in children, with a special interest in early interventions for at-risk and low-income families. In her free time, Paige enjoys spending time outside, practicing photography, and playing with her two dogs!

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Iyah Dixon

Pronouns: She/Her

Being a Psychology student with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies, Iyah is interested in working with families with young children. She believes that participating as a research assistant in the TALK Lab has the potential to help her in her future career as a licensed family therapist. She hopes to gain insight into how to operate in a lab setting and use the data that the team collects to help the general population. When she is not working or doing homework, she enjoys cooking and reading young-adult novels!

J'Leah Morman

Pronouns: She/Her

J'Leah is a senior majoring in Psychology. She is interested in working in the TALK lab because it is a great opportunity to expand her knowledge in the field of clinical psychology while also gaining experience working with children. Her goal is to pursue a career in Psychology that involves mentoring and helping children. In her free time, she likes to watch movies, paint, and listen to music. 

Joeliz (Liz) Rodriguez

Pronouns: She/Her

Liz is currently a senior and she is interested in working in the TALK lab as she wants to gain research experience and to learn more about the field. Additionally, the lab focuses on a population that she would like to work with in her future career. Fun hobbies she enjoys are doing art using multiple media and spending time with family. A fun fact of hers is that she is from Puerto Rico and she has only been in the states for 7 years. She is also the oldest sister of 5 siblings who are all girls!

Lily Kamiab

Pronouns: She/Her

Lily is a senior, majoring in psychology. She is interested in how children evolve over a lifespan and what factors influence that. She enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors!

Mason Page

Pronouns: He/Him

Mason is an undergraduate junior double majoring in psychology and chemistry with a music minor. He joined the TALK Lab in order to tie his interest in education to his current major by still being involved with children and their psychopathological development. He intends to continue to pursue research in the field of psychology after he finishes his undergraduate degree. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing video games, and just vibing with his friends!

TALK Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Mackenzie Rippey, McKenna Moore [Fall 2022 - Spring 2023] 

Natalya (Rae) Little [Fall 2021 - Summer 2022] 

Kaira Farrar, Gabrielle (Gabby) Louque, Natasha Njoroge [Fall 2021 - Spring 2022]
Eric Cata, Tamitayo Sasore [Fall 2021]