Elizabeth J. Marsh, Ph.D.


Dr. Marsh runs the Marsh Memory Lab at Duke, where she is a Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University and did her postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her recent work examines how student acquire, maintain, update, and apply their knowledge, with specific interests in learning from non-traditional sources, correcting student misconceptions, essay-writing, and personalized learning. Other research interests include false memories and autobiographical memory. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and is currently guest editing one of the first issues of the APA journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science, focusing on the topic "How Psychological Science Can Improve Our Classrooms." Marsh's work is currently supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.

Office: 212 Sociology-Psychology Building

Curriculum Vitae



Nadia Brashier

Graduate Student

Nadia Brashier received her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College before entering Duke's graduate program. She is interested in memory and judgment across the lifespan, with a specific focus on how we judge truth. Nadia's research identifies ways that older adults can offset cognitive declines to make sound judgments, including relying on social context and their intact general knowledge. For a list of her publications, see:

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Office: 204 Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 660-5730





Brenda Yang

Graduate Student

Brenda Yang graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She worked with Dr. Michael A. Arbib studying how eye-tracking could inform computational models of language. After graduating from USC, Brenda taught high school science in Los Angeles for three years before entering the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program at Duke in Fall 2015. Her research interests include remembrances of fictional and imagined experiences, misinformation and belief in science, and what research in cognitive psychology and educational practice can learn from each other.

Office: 213AA Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 660-5797
Website: www.brendayang.com



Emmaline Drew

Graduate Student

Emmaline Drew received her B.A. in psychology with a double major in French studies from Rice University in May 2016. She investigated the effects of spaced retrieval practice in an online textbook with Dr. Carissa Zimmerman. Emmaline entered the Duke graduate program in Fall 2016. Her research interests involve the educational applications of cognitive psychology and the interaction between memory and technology.

Office: 213AB Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 660-5797






Hannah Moshontz

Graduate Student

Hannah Moshontz received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College in 2011. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Kathryn C. Oleson studying social norms, evaluative academic feedback, and academic uncertainty. After college, she worked as a research assistant with Dr. Harris Cooper at Duke University where she helped conduct meta-analyses on classroom assessment research relevant to education policy. She entered the Social Psychology PhD program at Duke in Fall 2014 and works primarily with Dr. Rick H. Hoyle. Her work focuses on how and why people quit their academic and non-academic goals, and includes research on the pedagogical and situational factors that affect whether and how well students complete academic tasks.

Office: 05C Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 684-0646




Matthew Stanley

Graduate Student

Matthew Stanley graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in philosophy. There, he published several papers on network analyses of neuroimaging data with Dr. Paul Laurienti and Dr. Dale Dagenbach. He is now a PhD student in Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Matthew works with Elizabeth Marsh, Roberto Cabeza, Felipe De Brigard, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to answer questions involving memory, morality, truth, and reasons from computational, behavioral, and philosophical perspectives.

Office: 213 Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 660-5797
Email: matthew.stanley at duke.edu



Current Undergraduate Students

Camila Vargas


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Kathleen Arnold (Ph.D. 2007, Washington University in St. Louis): Assistant Professor, Radford University
Andrew Butler (Ph.D. 2009, Washington University in St. Louis): Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeff Lozito (Ph.D. 2007, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Graduate Students

Allison Black-Maier (Ph.D. 2017): Research Associate, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Hillary Mullet (Ph.D. 2016) : Researcher, Facebook
Sharda Umanath (Ph.D. 2014): Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Andrea Eslick (Ph.D. 2011): Assistant Professor, Wartburg College
Lisa K. Fazio (Ph.D. 2010): Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt
Mike Hutson (M.A. 2006)

Lab Managers

Lydie Costes
Kara Thio: IRB Specialist, Duke University
Meredith Mechanik: Admissions Counselor, Florida Southern College
Anna Goswick (M.D. UNC Chapel Hill): Teach for America; Resident, UNC Hospital system
Aaron Johnson (J.D. Duke University): Law Clerk, North Carolina Supreme Court
Barbie Huelser (Ph.D. Columbia, Cognitive Psychology)
Holli E. Sink (Ph.D. Miami University of Ohio - Clinical Psychology): Clinical Director at Southmontain Children and Family Services
Elaina Pelky (Ph.D. 2009, University of Texas at Austin)

Undergraduate Honors Students

Lindsey Bass
Ada Aka: Research Specialist at UPenn Computational Memory Lab
Madeline Lyons: Georgetown School of Medicine, MD Candidate 2018
Amberly Tenney: Data Projects Manager, Office of the Secretary of Education, State of Illinois
Michelle Barbera
Amanda Gill (J.D., University of Virginia): Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Michelle Fang: Facebook
Hayden Bottoms (Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Clinical Psychology)
Seth Disner (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Clinical Psychology)
Amy Crook (Ph.D., Rice University): Assistant Professor of Management, Belmont University