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Loyola University Chicago

Children's Memory and Learning

Research Team

Dr. Catherine Haden


Graduate School: Emory University (1995)
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University (1989)
Current: Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago (since 1997)
Information about Dr. Haden's research and teaching interests is available here
When she isn't working, Dr. Haden can be found watching her daughter's swim meet, or her son's cross country meet, or walking her dog, Sugar. 


Mia Marcus is from Chicago, IL. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology.

Mia’s research focuses on the role of social interactions in promoting young children’s learning and remembering. Her master’s thesis examined how learning in a museum could be extended beyond its walls through social interactions with others. Currently, she is investigating how parent-child conversational interactions during hands-on activities impact children’s learning and transfer of science practices and STEM content in an informal educational setting.  


Pirko Tõugu will be joining us in August 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Tõugu completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Tiia Tulviste at the University of Tartu, Estonia. 

Many terrific undergraduates also work on our team, including Lauren Pagano (pictured above), and Melanie Velado, a McNair Fellow.

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.

Assistant Professor, Penn State York

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 Associate 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

Lecturer in Psychology, Washington University in Saint Louis




Children's Memory Study
Department of Psychology
1032 W. Sheridan Road
121 Coffey Hall
Chicago, IL 60660

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