Read below to learn more about the CUB lab research team and what their favorite games were growing up. To read more about what types of games and tasks children can complete in the lab, click here.

Research Director

Stephanie Dr. Stephanie Miller (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Stephanie is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at The University of Mississippi. She studies the development and emergence of behavioral control, and its relation to social (e.g., communication, friendships, parenting) and cognitive processes (e.g., memory). Stephanie has published in professional academic journals such as the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and Developmental Psychology. In her free time Stephanie likes to cook, swim, travel, and loved solving puzzle games with friends growing up.



Graduate Students

BrittanyBrittany Nielsen (M.A., California State University, Long Beach)

Brittany is a graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Mississippi. She is interested in examining the utility of different cognitive based interventions used in schools to help children with their executive function skills.  When she is not in school, she enjoys reading, snowboarding, running and backpacking. She loved to play a variety of games when she was younger, but her favorites were clue, sorry, and writing short plays to perform with her friends.




Tonya Vandenbrink (M.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Tonya is a graduate student at Ole Miss. She obtained her B.A. at Clemson University and her M.A. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Tonya conducted research with preschool aged children while at UNCW and is excited to continue research in this area while at Ole Miss. After graduation she hopes to teach and continue cognitive developmental research with young children. Her favorite games as a child included hide and seek and the board game chutes and ladders.


JosephJoseph Magness (M.A. University of Mississippi)

Joseph is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Mississippi and conducted research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences through the Department of Pediatric Psychology. He is interested in obesity, weight bias, and discrimination. Joseph currently serves as the Student/Trainee Member at Large for the Pediatric Obesity Special Interest Group of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association. After finishing his degree, Joseph would like to pursue a career in behavioral medicine. His hobbies include running and watching documentaries about obesity and nutrition. His favorite game as a child was Hi-ho Cheerio.

Lab Manager

TiffanyTiffany Gerlinger

Tiffany is currently a junior at Ole Miss majoring in psychology. This is her first semester on the CUB Lab team and she is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school in psychology. Tiffany enjoys working with children because of their imaginative stories and silly jokes! As a child, Tiffany’s favorite thing to do was make other people laugh by telling silly jokes and stories.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kristen Barnett

Kristen is a senior psychology major from Southaven, MS. She also studies chemistry and Korean, and she is a member of the Honors College here at Ole Miss. She plans to attend medical school in the future and is interested in specializing in either anesthesiology, surgery, or oncology. Kristen loved playing dress up, reading, and dancing when she was a kid!


Bailey Bracken

Bailey Bracken is a senior psychology major and this is her third semester in CUB lab. She is planning to go into School Counseling or Higher Education for graduate school.


Elise Hirt

Elise is a senior psychology major. This is her first semester to help in the CUB lab. Elise is currently applying to graduate schools in Nashville, TN. She wants to work with children who have special needs and their families. Elise plays tennis on the Ole Miss club team and has a precious puppy here in Oxford named Tory!


Melea Mansel

Melea is a sophomore at Ole Miss, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish.  After graduating from Ole Miss, she plans to attend Occupational Therapy School, specializing in pediatrics. This is her second semester in CUB lab.


Ryan Oliver

Ryan is a senior psychology major. He started in the CUB lab this summer (2017). Ryan plans to attend graduate school for a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He plans on studying abroad in Liverpool, England next spring semester.


Carlee Perry

Carlee is a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Psychology. This is her first semester working in the CUB lab. Carlee plans to attend graduate school for speech and language pathology upon graduation. In her free time, Carlee enjoys cooking, photography, and listening to music.


Lauren Phillips

Lauren is a senior this year at Ole Miss majoring in psychology with a minor in education.  She found her passion for psychology in her general psychology class freshman year and is excited about the opportunity to be involved another semester in the CUB lab. She graduates in December 2017, and hopes to attend graduate school.  As a child, Lauren enjoyed spending time outside with neighborhood friends, playing soccer, and swimming in the pool.  Now she likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors or playing intramural sports.


Julianne Quinn

Julianne Quinn is a senior psychology major and french minor. This is her second semester in the CUB lab. Julianne loves hiking and traveling with her family and friends and intends on attending graduate school after graduation.


Saraid Racicot

Saraid is a senior at Ole Miss from Chicago, Illinois.  She is majoring in psychology with a minor in education.  Saraid is excited for her second semester being involved in the CUB lab.  After she graduates in May, Saraid hopes to attend graduate school to become a school psychologist.  As a kid, she enjoyed playing Candyland, horseback riding, and playing with her siblings.


Lea’Lah Watson

Lea’Lah is a senior psychology major. This is her first semester working with the CUB lab. Lea’Lah plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology when she graduates in May 2018. Growing up, Lea’Lah loved baking and performing in theatre productions!