Research Assistants

Lab Manager

Collyn Messier
I am a recent graduate of Drew University, where I earned a B.A. in Neuroscience. I hope to earn a Ph.D. in Comparative Cognition. I am particularly interested in the study of avian cognition, how birds can develop complex social systems, communication, and problem solving abilities with a much smaller and radically different brain than ours. Outside of lab I am interested in ballroom dance, jewelry making, kayaking and camping.


Livy Caceres

 I am a middler at Northeastern University. I am majoring it American Sign Language and Psychology, and I plan to get my MA in Speech and Language Pathology. My dream job is to work with children with autism as a speech therapist in Europe (most likely Paris). I once had a dog that I loved dearly and still do even though he no longer exists. I play Club Rugby for NU as a wing and I like to read, listen to music, and write my thoughts when I have free time. I also like to memorize absurd raps and dance like someone is watching, when no one is watching. I have a chronic case of wanderlust, and plan to incorporate my studies into traveling in the future. I’ve always been fond of languages – hearing them or learning them – and I am excited to do more work related to languages in the near and far future.

Allison Rodgers

I am an undergrad here at Northeastern. I am a senior and will be graduating with a major in psychology and a minor in English. I completed a co-op in the Child Development Unit of UMass Boston and am very excited to get more research experience in the Phonology and Reading Lab. In my free time I enjoy yoga and cooking.

Naomi Stapleton

I am a second year Psychology major at Northeastern University, with anticipated minors in Linguistics and Art + Design. I am also working in the Northeastern Lifespan Emotional Development Lab this semester. I enjoy swimming and volunteering for Peace Through Play in my free time. I am looking forward to working hard and learning a lot in this lab!

Taylor Vonk

I am currently a freshman here at Northeastern University, pursuing a dual major in computer science and cognitive psychology. I have some experience volunteering in a substance abuse research lab but this is my first time working in a cognition lab. Some of my extracurricular interests include soccer and basketball, as well as art and music.