Meet The Research Team
LINDSAY BOWMAN, PH.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013
B.S., Psychology, Queens University, 2007
Dr. Lindsay Bowman is an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and Principle Investigator of the Brain and Social Cognition (BASC) Lab. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Developmental Psychology. With experience as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland Child Development Lab and as a research fellow in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, her work brings together unique perspectives on neuroscience, cognition, social understanding, and development. Her lab uses a combination of neuroscientific and behavioral methods to understand how cognition develops over infancy and childhood and how these early developments set the course for social success or impairment.
CHRISTOPHER R. GONZALES
Ph.D., Psychology, Arizona State University, 2018
B.A., Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2012
Dr. Christopher Gonzales is a post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis where he contributes to both the Memory and Development Lab (P.I. Dr. Simona Ghetti) and the Brain and Social Cognition Lab (P.I. Dr. Lindsay Bowman). Chris received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in developmental psychology and was formally a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University as part of the Kindergarten-Readiness project (P.I. Dr. Megan McClelland). His research aims to elucidate young children’s metacognitive development and its relation to related areas such as children’s theory of mind and executive functioning. His current research utilizes both neuroscientific and behavioral methods to understand how metacognition develops during the preschool years and how this influences children’s academic and social outcomes.
B.S., Psychology, 2019
Cassie studied psychology, with an emphasis in biology. She is interested in the normal and abnormal development of the brain. In the lab, she studies the underlying neurophysiological effects that influence the development of theory of mind. In her free time, she enjoys whales, green, playing in the snow, and touching rocks.
MJ HEISE, M.A.
B.S., Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2013
M.A., Psychology, University of California Davis, 2020
MJ graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2013, where she earned a B.S. in Child Psychology. At UMN, she worked with infants and preschoolers examining the development of theory of mind and the influence of culture in the development of executive function and attention. In her undergraduate research, she collected eye-tracking data, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, and skin conductance. She became fascinated with how our biology interacts with cognition and worked as a faculty research assistant and lab coordinator to further explore this question in the labs of Dr. Nathan Fox at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Angeline Lillard at the University of Virginia. MJ’s research in the BASC Lab is focused on behavioral and neural correlates of children's false belief understanding, including the ability to update non-social abstract representations.
SHARLENE DELOS SANTOS
Sharlene (joined the lab in spring 2018) is an undergraduate student studying Human Development. In the lab, she is part of recruitment and testing, investigating where in the brain theory of mind occurs. With her fascination for science, a passion for serving others, and an advocate for youth empowerment, she is an aspiring pediatrician. Her hometown is American Canyon, CA and her second home is Disneyland! When she is not in the lab, studying, or volunteering, you will find her doing arts & crafts, watching Disney movies, or reading a Debbie Macomber novel.
Aditi (joined the lab in fall 2018) is a psychology major, who hopes to someday go to graduate school and study developmental or cognitive psychology. In the lab, she is interested in the interaction between theory of mind development and face processing. She is originally from Fremont and in her free time enjoys reading, baking, volunteering, and spending time with her little sister.
Kate (joined the lab in summer 2019) is an undergraduate psychology major with an emphasis in biology. She really likes animals and has a chonky cat named Peach Paige Paisley (but you can call her Peachy). She's interested in going to grad school for clinical psychology in order to pursue a career in clinical therapy.
Ujashi (joined the lab in spring 2019) is an undergraduate research assistant training to analyze the EEG data from our studies. She is a neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major with a specific interest in neurobiology and psychology and is planning on pursuing a career in medicine. She is passionate about biology, but also loves playing with animals, reading, watching true crime or cooking shows, and writing poetry in her free time.
Alexandra (joined the lab in summer 2019) is an undergraduate Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major with a minor in Public Health. In the lab, she is training to administer EEG sessions to investigate uncertainty and metacognition in children. She hopes to attend graduate school and pursue clinical research investigating the links between neurological disorders and cognitive function. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys archery, drawing, hiking, watching movies, and baking treats for her family and friends.
Paul (joined the lab in fall 2019) is an undergraduate research assistant. He is a psychology and cinema & digital media double major and art history minor. With a particular interest in social and abnormal psychology, he plans to pursue a career in counseling or clinical psychology. In the lab, he is a part of the testing team. Paul is originally from Los Angeles, and in his free time he loves photography, playing volleyball, watching television, and travelling.
Lina (joined the lab in fall 2019) is a Psychology and Studio Arts major with a minor in Art History from Alameda, CA. Lina is interested the expression of human emotion through informal language, more specifically through arts practice and its potential to mediate pro-social behavior. She hopes to attend graduate school for Art Therapy to look at ways in which art-making can assist in taming distractibility and anxiety, as well as serve as a healthy coping-mechanism for stressful or traumatic events. In the lab, she is currently training to study metacognition in children. In her free time, Lina loves to cook with and for her friends and family, visiting new places, watching psychological thrillers, and attending live shows of her favorite musicians.
Kelly (joined the lab in fall 2019) is an undergraduate Psychology B.S. major with a human development minor. She is interested in clinical psychology and brain development. Kelly plans to go to Graduate school to study clinical psychology. In the lab, she is training to study theory of mind and metacognition in children. Kelly is from Los Angeles and enjoys spending time with friends, watching Netflix series, and dying her hair every few months.
B.S., Human Development, University of California, Davis, 2017
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2017
Jillian is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
B.S., Human Development, University of California, Davis, 2018
Ellicia is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy.
B.S., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2018
Alex is currently pursuing a Masters in Nursing.
B.S., Cognitive Science, 2018
Jody is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Development at University of California, Davis.
B.S., Psychology, Minor in Human Development, University of California, Davis
B.S., Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2020
B.A., Psychology, Minor in Global Disease Biology, University of California, Davis, 2020
B.S., Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, 2017
B.A., Psychology, 2017
Courtney is currently pursuing her PhD at Dartmouth College in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
B.S., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2019
NINA VELASQUEZ SINGH
B.S., Cognitive Science (Neuroscience emphasis), 2019
B.A., Spanish, 2019
ISAAC JAMES FLORES
B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2021
Nicole is pursuing a master's degree in school psychology.
B.S., Psychology (Biology emphasis), University of California, Davis
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2020
Natalie is currently working in the mental health field and will be applying to schools to get a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.