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Ken Abrams Profile
Chair of Psychology
Professor of Psychology
Phone: 507 222 5024
Phone: 507 222 5736

Ken Abrams (B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; LP, State of Minnesota) is the principal investigator in the laboratory. He teaches courses in psychopathology and statistics, and a seminar on science and pseudoscience in psychology. He also leads every other fall the Carleton Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague off-campus studies program. Other research of his has examined the association of nicotine withdrawal and carbon-dioxide hypersensitivity (a risk factor for experiencing panic), treatments for pathological gambling, and the self-medication of social anxiety and panic disorder with alcohol. Beyond campus, he enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, playing board games with his daughters, and following international soccer. Go Sparta Praha!


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Jade Ogilvie ’20 Profile

Jade, a psychology major and Spanish minor with particular interests in clinical and forensic psychology, joined the lab in winter of 2019. She has also worked in the cotton-top tamarin lab with Prof. Julie Neiworth conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease in monkeys. During the 2018 winter break she worked in the Wilbourn Infant Lab at Duke University (WILD) studying language and gesture cognition in babies. Outside of class, she is a pole vaulter on the women’s track and field team at Carleton. She also enjoys rock climbing, dancing and playing piano. After Carleton, she plans to take a gap year and attend graduate school to study clinical/forensic psychology.

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Katherine Paasche ’20 Profile

Katie, a psychology major with a Spanish minor, joined the lab in winter of 2019. She has previously researched unconscious learning in dogs and children. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology after a gap year working as a ski instructor. Katie volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at a health clinic in Northfield and enjoys playing tennis, rock climbing, and running.

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Nariah Sims ’21

Nariah joined the lab in the winter of 2019. She is a psychology major with a specific interest in counseling. She participated in the cross-cultural psychopathology program in Prague with Professor Abrams in the fall of 2018 where she developed a greater interest in studying psychology. This is her first lab position. Nariah plans to attend graduate school after Carleton to further her studies in counseling psychology. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading, and brain teasers.

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Emily Spain ’21 Profile

Emily, a psychology major with interests in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, joined the lab in the winter of 2019. After Carleton, she plans to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology. Outside of classes, Emily is a member of Carleton’s Mental Health Awareness Collective, a club focused on combating the stigma surrounding mental illness. She likes to spend time with friends, play the clarinet, ride horses, and run outdoors.

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Eve Chesivoir ’20 Profile

Eve joined the lab team in the fall of 2020. She is a psychology major and music performance minor, and is primarily interested in personality disorders and clinical assessment. Outside of class, Eve volunteers with the HOPE Center’s HelpLine and enjoys singing and knitting. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after college.

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Kewei Yu ’20 Profile

Kavie is a Psychology major and Neuroscience minor. She is particularly interested in studying educational psychology, food and mental health, perception and cognition of music, industrial psychology, and consumer behaviors. She loves playing ping-pong, photography, vintage shopping, and traveling. Since the age of 12, she has left home to explore the world on her own. After Carleton, she hopes to continually learn and grow, make meaningful and diverse human connections, and create impacts in her own way.

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Molly Smith ’21 Profile

Molly is a psychology major with interests in counseling psychology, trauma disorders, and animal-assisted therapy. Over the summer of 2019, she was an intern at a non-profit that trains service dogs for veterans with post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other disabilities. Molly is a captain of the women’s tennis team, works at the library, and enjoys rock climbing, playing the violin, and petting dogs. She hopes to attend graduate school in counseling psychology after Carleton.

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Skylar Yu ’21

Skylar joined the lab team in the winter of 2019. She plans to major in psychology and minor in music performance. She enjoys studying neuroscience, film, music and Italian. She did research on the preservation of ancient Chinese music during the summer of 2018. Outside of class, she loves film, coffee, photography and opera. After Carleton, Skylar plans to attend graduate school for further study.