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Kelsey L. West

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ramya Manikkan

Doctoral student, Clinical Child Psychology

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Lauren Rymer

Lauren is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She is completing an honors thesis entitled, Connections between parental role-strain and vocal turn-taking among autistic infants, through UA's Psychology Honors Program. Her thesis is supported by an ASSURE research award. Lauren is fascinated by the development of self-perception in toddlerhood and childhood and its effect on role-taking dynamics. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, focusing on relational stressors that may shape development. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, taking workout classes, and listening to podcasts.


Reagan Baker

Reagan is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She is from Edgewood, Kentucky and has absolutely loved being around and working with children through babysitting, working in a daycare, etc. In the coming years, Reagan plans to pursue a Ph.D. and wants to work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In her free time, she loves to paint, get coffee with friends, listen to country music, and loves to travel. She recommends going to the Bahamas and Costa Rica at least once in your life!


Ellie Collins

Ellie is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She loves exploring the complexities of the human mind and cannot wait to continue delving into the field of Psychology, especially when given the opportunity to learn more about children and their unique cognitive development. In the future, Ellie hopes to get her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in behavioral analysis. When Ellie’s not in the lab, you can find her on stage dancing with Dance Alabama, studying at the Pi Phi house, or reading a good book.


Isabella Torres

Isabella is a sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in English. She is fascinated by the human mind and loves working with kids. Once done with her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend graduate school and earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, singing along to her favorite artists in the car, and finding good restaurants to eat at. 


Hali Skelton

Hali is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. As the oldest child in her family, Hali is very accustomed to working with children and loves to do so. What makes the BAMA Baby Lab so special for her is that her youngest sister is just under two! Hali loves learning about developmental psychology and seeing those concepts unfold right before her eyes with her sister. After graduation, Hali hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of her studies and the lab, Hali loves to hike, explore nature, and spend time with her family. 

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