Principal Investigator

Dr. Katharine Scott



I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University. In my research, I synthesize social and developmental psychology frameworks and methodologies to evaluate methods for reducing children’s intergroup biases. I am also interested in questions surrounding the measurement of children’s social biases. At Wake Forest, I teach classes in social and developmental psychology.

Graduate Students

Cynthia Jiao


I am a first year graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Scott. I graduated from NYU with a major in Applied Psychology and a concentration in Public Policy & Management. Social justice is the keyword of my research. My interests broadly involve addressing systematic inequalities from different ecological levels among diverse youth. I primarily focus on race and gender, and sometimes the intersection of those two.

Allison (yanying) Li


My name is Allison and I am currently a first-year graduate student at Wake Forest University. I recently graduated from Kenyon College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Japanese. I am generally interested in how different cultures might influence child development and intersectionality. I am very excited to learn more about this topic in our CARE lab!

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Anna Buyarski


My name is Anna Buyarski and I am a senior at Wake Forest University. I am a Psychology and Latin double major with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia and in my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my long-haired dachshund, Barney.

Caroline Hollensbe


I am currently a senior undergraduate student at Wake Forest University, pursuing psychology and pre-medicine. I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Scott on her research focused on children’s approaches to race and equality. Outside of my academic pursuits, I work with underprivileged schools, where I have the privilege of teaching them about STEM subjects. One fun fact about me is that I am a quadruplet, and my three siblings each possess unique and remarkable talents. This familial background has greatly influenced my passion for researching children, their environments, their responses to social stimuli, and the diverse outcomes that result from these interactions. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks with friends, immersing myself in music, and watching documentaries!

Lauren Recto


My name is Lauren and I am a senior at Wake Forest pursuing a Psychology major with a Biology minor. I am very interested in the way children learn social biases and the effects that community, school, and family have on their growth. As someone hopefully pursuing Pediatrics as a career, I believe it is crucial to understand the development of children’s behaviors and these preconceived notions. I’m excited to work with Dr. Scott and the other members of the CARE lab to explore such an interesting and meaningful topic!

Mia Brown


Hi, I’m Mia Brown. I am an undergraduate student at Wake Forest University double majoring in Psychology and French Studies. I’m interested in doing race-related research specifically looking at children and their social preferences. In my free time, I enjoy doing pottery and traveling!

Jenna Mcclelland 


I am a junior Psychology major with minors in Health and Human Services, Neuroscience, and Linguistics at Wake Forest. I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but wanted to escape the cold, which is why I came to North Carolina. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, going on walks or hikes, playing with animals, or doing anything creative. I have passions in psychology related fields and working with children, which led me to get involved in the CARE Lab research. It has been interesting so far to learn more about biases in the environment of children relating to racial issues. I look forward to seeing what this lab can accomplish this year!

Hazel (Zihan) Xing 

My name is Hazel, and I’m currently a freshman at Wake Forest University, and I plan on majoring in psychology. I’ve always been interested in the intersection of psychology and education, especially research in social cognitive theory. Participating in the CARE Lab to study the development of children’s intergroup biases and identity is really inspiring to me! In my free time, I like singing in the choir, reading novels, and watching classical music concerts!

Amelia Sheppard 

My name is Amelia Sheppard and I am a junior at Wake Forest University. I am a Psychology major and a Health and Human Services minor looking to go into Clinical Psychology. My hometown is London, England, and in my free time I like going to soccer games! I am really excited to see what we can achieve in this lab!

Matt Bourguignon

Hey y’all! I’m Matt and I’m currently a Sophomore at Wake pursuing majors in Psychology and Spanish. I’m from a very diverse area and I’ve worked with kids from all different backgrounds through summer camp and Special Olympics, so I’m especially excited to continue this passion through research with the CARE Lab. In my free time, I sing acapella, give campus tours, Peloton, lift, and try as many new foods as possible. I’m super excited to see what we discover this year!

Asha Roland

My name is Asha Roland, I am a freshman at Wake Forest University and grew up in Broomfield, Colorado. I want to do Psychology research after I graduate, and in my free time, I enjoy listening to music and writing poetry. Every day I wake up grateful and do my best to make someone smile!

Campbell Lambeth

My name is Campbell Lambeth and I am a junior at Wake Forest pursuing a Psychology major with Statistics and Schools, Education, & Societies minors. I’m from Greensboro, NC and have always been a Wake fan! In my free time, I like to bake cookies, go on walks, and try new restaurants. I have done a lot of work with children, and plan to pursue a degree in school psychology upon graduating. The CARE Lab’s research is a perfect blend of my interest in social justice in education and developmental psychology! I am excited to learn more in the lab!

Lindsey Kotarski

My name is Lindsey and I am a junior at Wake Forest majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Psychology. Outside of class, I love to swim, hike, and try new recipes. My first job in high school was as a swim coach for 4-10 year-olds and since then I have had an interest in how children interact with each other, form groups, and address biases. I am thrilled to be a part of the CARE lab and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!