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Loyola University Chicago

Children's Memory and Learning

Research Team

Current Students:

Philip Hoffman

Philip Hoffman is from Arlington Heights, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Psychology. Phil recently defended his Master’s thesis, titled Learning to Tell Coherent Personal Narratives: Linkages to Mother-Child Reminiscing Over Time. The project focuses on uncovering the aspects of reminiscing conversations that best predict coherent independent narration of past life events in young children.

Mia Marcus

Mia Marcus is from Chicago, IL. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology. Mia’s Master’s thesis is titled Effects of Instruction and Parent-Child Conversation on Children’s STEM Learning and Transfer.  The project aims to link parent-child interactions in a science-oriented museum exhibit to children’s learning and transfer of STEM-related principles.

Former Students:

Dissertation titles and the "happily ever after"!

Erin Wilkerson, Ph.D. (2011)

The role of prior knowledge and parent-child interactions in children's learning in museums.

Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

Nora Brodson Benjamin, Ph.D. (2007)

Building understanding in Under Construction: Effects of event preparation on caregiver-child collaboration and children’s learning in a museum exhibit

Assistant Professor, College of Lake County

Karen Kolmodin MacDonell, Ph.D. (2006)

Exploring links between children’s understanding of emotion, parent-child reminiscing about emotional events, and the kindergarten classroom affective environment.

Research Assistant Professor, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Wayne State University

Amy Hedrick, Ph.D. (2006)

Talk during and after events: How an elaborative style impacts event memory

Assistant Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne College

Sam Fazio, Ph.D. (2005)

The persistence of self in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease 

Director of Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association

Part-Time Faculty, Northeastern Illinois University

David Rudek, Ph.D. (2004)

Reminiscing about past events: Influences on children’s deliberate memory and metacognitive skills

Associate Professor, Aurora University

Barbara Havlik O’Brien, Ph.D. (2002)

Maternal book reading style and children’s literacy development

Assistant Chair Northwestern University (2003-2006)




Children's Memory Study
Department of Psychology
1000 W. Sheridan Road
121 Coffey Hall
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: 773.508.8226
Lab: 773.508.8707
Fax: 773.508.8713

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