Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Dr. Amy Booth— Principal Investigator

Curriculum Vitae: Amy Booth CV

Dr. Booth is accepting new graduate students for Fall 2022.

Margaret Shavlik (Doctoral Candidate) — Graduate Research Assistant, Lab Coordinator

Curriculum Vitae: ShavlikCV_11-9-21

NewHeadshotMargaret graduated from Northwestern University in 2016, where she double majored in Psychology and Cognitive Science. In August 2017, she transferred with Dr. Booth to Vanderbilt (from the University of Texas at Austin) to continue her graduate studies through Peabody’s Developmental Science program, where she received her M.S. in Psychology in May 2019 and continues working toward her PhD. Margaret’s research interests comprise the effects of socioeconomic status on young children’s language learning and literacy skills, as well as on their overall school readiness. When not in the lab or the classroom, Margaret enjoys darkroom photography and being goofy with her dog, Dot.

Jihye Bae – Graduate Research AssistantJihye Bae

Jihye is a master’s student in the Child Studies program at Peabody. Her research interests are in understanding how young children learn and acquire interests in specific subjects, in hopes of better equipping children from all backgrounds to succeed in schools. Outside of academia, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new outdoor activities in the Nashville area, and trying out new coffee.



Stacey Gall — Graduate Research Assistant

Layla Ahmed — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Eugene Choi — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kelsey Beers — Undergraduate Research Assistant

IMG_6771Kelsey is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology / National Technical Institute of the Deaf for Psychology and ASL – English Interpreting. She started at the Little Learners Lab in the summer of 2021 during their Psychology Co-Op and has continued into the Fall as a McNair funded scholar. This year she is looking to apply to graduate programs, and find post-bac jobs in Applied Developmental Psychology, with an interest in emotional regulation.

Chidinmma Egemonu — Undergraduate Research Assistant


Chidinmma is a second-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Cognitive Studies and Human and Organizational Development. She is interested in learning how different cultural and environmental backgrounds affect early childhood education. She is also pursuing education policy and plans on attending law school in the future. Outside of her academics, Chidinmma enjoys doing freelance photography and trying food from different restaurants in Nashville

Christine Shatrowsky— Undergraduate Research Assistant

Christine smiling in front of the ocean

Christine is a first-year undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society. She plans to attend medical school and is hoping to pursue forensic and prison psychiatry. Outside of the lab, Christine enjoys hiking, podcasts, true crime, and exploring Nashville.


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LLL Holiday Party (December 2019)

labpartyLLL End of Semester Party (April 2019)


LLL End of Semester Party (Dec. 2018)

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