Post-Bacc Research Staff


Connor Haughey (any; GP: he/they)

Connor is a full-time research assistant on the STTAR Study. He graduated from Duke University in 2023 with a B.S. in Psychology with Distinction, a minor in Philosophy, and a certificate in Documentary Studies. During his time at Duke, he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Kimberly Carpenter and completed an honors thesis on sensory over-responsivity and brain structural alterations during childhood as risk factors for adolescent anxiety. His research interests include integrating measures of risk during early life with brain development trajectories to better understand psychopathology during adolescence and young adulthood. Connor ultimately hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of research, Connor enjoys 35mm film photography, practicing yoga, and spending time outdoors.


Jialin Lu (she/her/hers)

Jialin Lu is a full-time research assistant on the STTAR study. Jialin graduated from Cornell University in 2022 with a B.S. in Human Development. As an undergraduate, Jialin was a Research Assistant in the Cornell Child Witness & Cognition Lab, the Cornell Human Intelligence Lab, and the Cornell Affect & Cognition Lab. Learning from the labs she worked in, Jialin hopes to investigate her research and develop intervention curriculums by integrating various methodologies. Jialin is interested in using interdisciplinary (MRI, survey, clinical interview) methods to understand how adverse life experiences impact one’s resilience development and development of various psychopathologies. In the future, Jialin plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, doing arts and crafts (puppetry), and exploring good cafes and local museums.

Lauren Butler (she/her/hers)

Lauren is a full-time research assistant on the STTAR Study. She graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. Lauren was previously a fellow of the NIH-funded MARC U*Star program which granted her a profuse amount of research experiences in sexual minorities and health behaviors (i.e., eating disorders and body image), and early life adversity in racial minority populations. Her research interest broadly encompasses the developmental outcomes (i.e., emotional/behavioral regulation) in children exposed to intimate partner violence, community violence, problematic parenting, and child maltreatment. In the future, she aspires to continue her education with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of research, she enjoys binge-watching Netflix, exploring new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)


Maresa Taté (she/they)

Maresa is a part-time research assistant between the STTAR study. She graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience in May of 2021. As an undergraduate, she was selected as a CDC Undergraduate Public Health scholar where she worked as a clinical research intern at Johns Hopkins and Kennedy Krieger Medical Institutes’ Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Maresa completed their undergraduate thesis investigating the role of anti-Blackness in the processing of hair during facial identification between Black and non-Black individuals. Their study analyzed hair alterations’ effects on facial recognition accuracy between own-race and other-race faces, with the use of eye-tracking technology. Maresa is particularly interested in working with historically exploited and excluded populations to increase health and wellbeing outcomes. She plans to become a physician-scientist studying the impacts of intergenerational trauma on the body and brain, with a specialty in Pediatrics – Child Abuse and Maltreatment. She hopes to continue her work with marginalized communities through community-engaged research to inform her clinical and advocacy work. Outside of research, Maresa enjoys listening to music, Sudoku, writing poetry, and napping.

Sarah Lempres (she/her/hers)

Sarah Lempres is a Clinical Research Specialist on the STTAR Study. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2021 with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and Child Development, and with a minor in Medicine, Health, and Society. While attending Vanderbilt, she worked as a research assistant at the Stress and Early Adversity Lab under Dr. Kathryn L. Humphreys, where she wrote an honors thesis examining parents’ emotional and behavioral responses to the emotional expressions of their preschool-aged children. Her research interests include examining developmental trajectories linking experiences in early life to later development, particularly those surrounding emotion regulation and psychopathology. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.