Lab Director

Dr. Katherine Ehrlich, Principal Investigator

Dr. Katie Ehrlich is the director of the Health and Development Lab and an assistant professor in Psychology and at the Center for Family Research. She received her BA in psychology from Washington & Lee University and her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed postdoctoral research training at Northwestern University before joining UGA in 2016.

Dr. Ehrlich's research takes an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating the ways in which the social world shapes mental and physical health. She is particularly interested in questions about risk and resilience, minority health disparities, and close relationships in adolescence. Her work has been funded by NICHD, NIDA, the NIH Common Fund, the Jacobs Foundation, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.


Anita Rae Minniefield, B.S.,
Wet Laboratory Manager

Anita Rae Minniefield is from Atlanta, GA. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology and a minor in Law and Society from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Anita’s previous research includes working with Dr. Rick Tarleton (University of Georgia), studying the gene expression of Trypanosoma cruzi, a human pathogenic parasite that causes Chagas disease. She also worked with Dr. Pamela Peralta-Yahya (Georgia Tech) as a research technician working on the application of yeast biosensors to identify BPA degrading bacteria. Additionally, she worked with Dr. Elson Shields (Cornell University) on the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for integrated best management on farms across eastern New York.

Aishat Sadiq, B.A., Research Assistant

Aishat Sadiq is a Nigerian American from Houston, TX. She received her B.A in Neuroscience with a minor in African and African American Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, IN.

Aishat's previous research experience includes working with Dr. Warangkhana Songsungthong (National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - Thailand), testing the efficacy of Recombinase Polymerase Amplification as a tool for a rapid detection of pig disease. She also worked with Dr. Michelle Tong (Earlham College) as a research technician studying perineuronal nets mRNA expression following olfactory perceptual learning. Additionally, she worked with Dr. Beth Mechlin performing cross-cultural surveys to understand whether perceptions of healthcare access for migrants and refugees in Sweden correlates with health status.

She received the Natural Science Division Award, the Earlham Peace Prize, and the Impact Award from Earlham College in 2019. The grant from the Earlham Peace Prize enabled Aishat to organize mental health workshops for migrant parents and children in New York City and Houston, Texas. 


Isabel Wasilewski, B.S., Research Assistant

Isabel Wasilewski is from Largo, FL. She received her B.S. in Psychology with honors, and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. 

Isabel's previous research experience includes working with Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker (University of Florida) as part of the health psychology team, where she engaged in health disparities research with a focus on patient-centered culturally sensitive healthcare and community-based participatory intervention. She also worked in the ASC Lab under the direction of Dr. Kate Ratliff (University of Florida) where she researched implicit attitudes, and she and her fellow undergraduate lab members presented a poster entitled, "Does practice make perfect? An analysis of repeated exposure to IAT measures." 

Isabel was selected as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, which enabled her to conduct independent research under Dr. Brian Cahill (University of Florida) on the memory for fillers task as it acts as a postdictor for eyewitness accuracy.  

Graduate Students

Kelsey Corallo, M.S.

Kelsey Corallo is a fourth-year psychology graduate student in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. Kelsey received her B.S. in Psychology with a Justice Studies minor from Arizona State University in 2015, and spent the following two years teaching pre-kindergarten through the Teach for America program.

Kelsey is interested in the study of how early life experiences influence developmental outcomes across the lifespan. Specifically, she is interested in studying how student-teacher relationships and school experiences in childhood can influence student health, by mediating or moderating the association between stress and biomarkers of immunity. Ultimately, she seeks to contribute to the research and implementation of school and community programs that promote healthy child development. She successfully defended her thesis: Early Environments, Parental Overprotection, and Susceptibility to the Common Cold in the fall of 2019.

Sarah Lyle, M.S.

Sarah Lyle is a fourth-year psychology graduate student in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. She completed her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and her B.A. in Psychology from Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio). Additionally, Sarah spent two years working for City Year, an Americorps program that serves inner-city schools, where she tutored and mentored 4th and 7th graders.

Sarah is interested in exploring stress and resilience across the lifespan. Specifically, she is interested in studying how cognitive factors (e.g., executive functions and self-control), health behaviors (e.g., sleep), and biological variables (e.g., age, sex, genetics) might attenuate or exacerbate associations between psychosocial experiences and physical health.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Tose Akinmola
Ritwika Chakrabarti
Afokeoghene Egberi 
Emma Fairlie
Alusine Fofanah







Tiffany Mukundi







Madison Rhodes
Rebecca Sohnlein
Kayla Tran


Lab Alumni

Tiffany Adike (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Chinonso Ani (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Colby Cochran (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Morgan Cox (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Iyanu Daomi (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Payton Eason (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Rashidatu "Tope" Olorunsola (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Isis Owusu (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Dalton Sircy (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Josie Guitton (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)

Connor Lambert (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)

Alyssa Moffitt (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)

Yakia Clark (Fall 2019)

Gabrielle "Bria" Hubinger (Fall 2019)

Anna Brachey (Spring 2019 - Fall 2019)

Fiona Cashin (Spring 2019 - Fall 2019)

Rebecca Guerreso (Fall 2018 - Summer 2019)

Santosh Nimkar (Fall 2018 - Summer 2019)

Stephanie Hayes (Spring 2019 - Summer 2019)

Kamsi Ubezonu (Spring 2019)

Sara Atama (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Orobosa Idehen (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Mackenzie "Blue" Harvill (Fall 2017- Spring 2018)

Hope Skypek (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Mary Mitchell Morris (Summer 2017- Spring 2018)

Lauren Geiser (Summer 2017)