Lab Members

LAMP Lab Director

Laura Getz. Laura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Music from Elizabethtown College and an MA and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to USD, she was a Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University, where she was a member of the Word Recognition and Auditory Perception lab. Her big-picture goal is to investigate the importance of interactions to understanding auditory perception, including the interaction of bottom-up and top-down processing and interactions within and across sensory modalities.

LAMP Lab Research Assistants

Alexa Andrade

Alexa is a fourth year Psychology major who joined the LAMP lab in Fall 2021. After graduation, Alexa plans on taking a gap year to gain more research experience before pursing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology to become a professor. Outside of the lab, Alexa is a Resident Assistant for the Valley Apartments, serves as an At-Large Senator for the Associated Student Government, and is the 2021 Vice President of Recruitment for Pi Beta Phi.

Sam Eason

Sam is a junior majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Sociology and Italian. Following graduation from USD, she is debating between getting a Masters in order to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist and entering a PhD program in order to become a professor of Psychology. Outside of the lab, Sam is involved in several other campus organizations, including the D1 swim team and the Active Minds club (which seeks to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health through education and action).

Lucy Edwards

Lucy is a senior majoring in Psychology who joined the LAMP Lab in Fall 2021. She is involved in a few activist organizations on campus, such as the Gender Equity Collective and the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons. After graduating from USD, she hopes to pursue a career in the mental health field and possibly attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she loves hiking, surfing, painting, and playing the guitar.

Grace Masino

Grace is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She joined the LAMP Lab in the Spring of 2022. After graduation, she plans to get her Master's degree to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoys spending time with her friends, surfing, and exploring San Diego in her free time.

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle is a fourth year undergraduate student who has been in the LAMP Lab since Fall 2020. She is studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Biomedical Ethics. After graduation, she hopes to become a genetic counselor. When she's not painting, Michelle loves to make pottery, eat ramen, and lead day trips to Tijuana.

Victoria Nguyen

Victoria is a fourth year student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy. After graduation, she intends to take a gap year to work in the mental health field but has plans to apply to Nursing school. In her free time, she enjoys painting nature scenes, Netflix crime documenteries, and exploring new food places.

Rhiannon Novelli


Rhiannon is a fourth year Psychology major who joined the LAMB Lab in Fall 2021. Outside of the lab, Rhiannon is a Peer Coach for the Student Success Center and the VP of Recruitment Programming for Panhellenic Council. After graduation she is looking to pursue a career in the mental health field and hopes to enter a counseling program in graduate school.



Helen Skeeland


Helen is a third year Behavioral Neuroscience major double minoring in Biomedical Ethics and Visual Arts. She joined the LAMP Lab in summer 2021. After graduation, she plans to continue her education in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN. Aside from playing soccer, she also enjoys sewing clothes, painting, trying new foods, and spending time in the wilderness.



Makena Spencer


Makena is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Business Administration who joined the LAMP Lab in fall 2021. After graduation, she hopes to get her masters in Marital and Family Therapy to later pursue becoming a therapist. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach with friends, watch movies and eat lots of food.


Kailey Taylor


Kailey is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Marketing and Law & Ethics. She joined the LAMP Lab in the Spring of 2022. After graduation, she plans to either go to Law School or get a Masters Degree in Psychology. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoys going out with friends, surfing, working out, and finding new food spots in San Diego!




Connor Warman

Connor is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Biology who joined the LAMP Lab in summer 2021. After graduation, he hopes to continue his education and find a career that best suits his skills so that he may help individuals in need. In his free time, he loves to go to the beach with friends, spend time with his family and dogs, and watch or play sports.

LAMP Lab Alumni

LAMP Lab seniors (Spring 2021)

Ted Zelenskyy

(December 2021)

Sara Dejbakhsh

(May 2021)

Hannah McIntosh

(May 2021)

Kunal Patel

(May 2021)

Jordaine Tran

(May 2021)

Tara Rodrigues

(December 2020)

Marie George

(May 2020)