People

Principal Investigator
Victoria L. Templer, PhD

J

I am interested in memory, cognition, and brain evolution. My goal is to help determine the cognitive mechanisms and neural substrates of different memory systems in the brain.

Email: vtempler@providence.edu

Office phone: 401-865-1214
Lab phone: 401-865-2312

Current Lab Members

Lab Manager
Taylor B. Wise, B.A.

IMG_0912

I graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Animal Behavior and Sociology. In the NAC Lab, I am involved in many projects including the study of spatial and working memory performance in aged rats. I am also answering questions about social cognition and the interaction of sociality and learning and memory.  In the future, I hope to pursue a PhD in which I can study the evolution of social cognition in non-human animals such as canines and primates.

Undergraduates

Keith Lee ’18

Keith headshot

I am a senior pursuing a B.A. Psychology and a member Neuroscience Certificate Program.  I am fascinated by behavioral neuroscience and animal cognition and am particularly excited to explore different types of memory systems in rats. I am currently examining the extent to which rats are capable of metamemory, or being cognitively aware of their own memories. I hope that from a better understanding of  animal’s memories, more light can be shed upon memory disorders in humans.

Katrina Dayaw ’19

Katrina headshot

I am a junior currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience. I am interested in the development of cognitive and memory systems as understood through animal models. In the NAC Lab, I hope to gain an understanding necessary for the prevention and treatment of various neurological disorders.

Judith Dayaw ’19

Judith headshot

I am a junior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a focus in Neuroscience. I am interested in understanding more about neurological disorders and cognitive impairments. Through the NAC lab, I hope to learn more and understand the fundamentals of these disorders through the use of animal models.

Marc Davis ’19

Picture2

I am a junior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology as well as a certificate in Neuroscience. I am interested in the physiological causes of psychopathology. My goal in the NAC lab is to learn more about the biological causes of overt behavior.

Former Lab Members

Brittany Hemmer ’17 (Psychology B.A. and Biology B.S., Certificate in Neuroscience)
Project in NAC Lab: dominance hierarchies in socially housed rats
Employed as a technical research assistant at Brigham & Women’s Hospital,  Anesthesia

Celia Butler ’17 (Psychology B.A. and Biology B.S., Certificate in Neuroscience)
Project in NAC Lab: grit in socially vs. non-socially housed rats
Employed as a clinical research coordinator at Providence VA Medical Center

Kristen Palframan (Lab Manager 2015-2016)
Project in NAC Lab: memory in socially vs. non-socially housed rats
Pursuing a MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan

Aidan Preston ’16 (Psychology B.A. and Biochemistry B.S.)
Project in the NAC Lab: metamemory in rats
Pursuing a PhD in Biological Chemistry at the University of Utah

Samuel Miller ’16 (Psychology B.A.)
Projects in the NAC Lab: metamemory, dominance interactions in rats
Pursuing a Master’s degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at Iona College

Lindsey Ciolfi ’17

Alexandra Fischbach ’17

Melissa Grasso ’18

 

Join the Lab