Our Team

Lab Director

Dr. Maggie Guy

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2014

Postdoc, University of South Carolina, 2014-2017

My research interests are in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis on the development of attention, information processing, and recognition memory in typically developing infants and infants at increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My primary research aims are to define the developmental trajectory of social and nonsocial information processing in infancy, to identify neural mechanisms contributing to differences in responses to social and nonsocial stimuli, and to determine overlap and divergence within the development of information processing across infants at low and high risk for ASD.

Graduate Students

Asli Bursalioglu

I am a second year student in the developmental psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. My research interests consist of, but are not limited to, executive functions and their neural bases, as well as how these functions affect the progression of ASD. In my free time I enjoy traveling, exploring the city of Chicago, reading and spending time with friends.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Rebecca DePiero

I am a junior undergraduate student studying Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. I am from Delaware, and I enjoy reading, doing yoga, and traveling. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in the medical field. 

Aleena Ferozuddin

I am a junior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology while also on the pre-medical track. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and hopefully travel to Europe. Some of my hobbies include painting, baking, traveling, and interior design! 

Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez

I am a freshman undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources. I am highly interested in cognitive and developmental psychology. One aspect that really intrigues me me, is understanding how environmental factors in early childhood may impact learning processes, personality, and social development. My career goal is to specialize in cognitive and developmental areas of psychology and to develop independent research. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, friends, traveling, reading, and dancing ballet.

Mary Graebner

I am a sophomore undergraduate student studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. I am interested in developmental neuroscience and gaining experience working with infants and children. In my free time I enjoy exploring nature and traveling. In the future, I hope to become a physician assistant.

Batul Karimi

I am a sophomore undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. After graduation, I plan to attend physician assistant school. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and baking.

Samia Khatoon

I am a sophomore undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in Biology and Psychology. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school. My hobbies include reading, baking, binge-watching Netflix, and touring new coffee places.

Aleksandra Kostic 

I am a junior at Loyola University Chicago, studying Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. After graduation, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. I am passionate about working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and am currently working as an ABA Therapist for kiddos with ASD! Outside of school and work, I love seeing improv shows and hanging out with friends!

Diana Mahlis 

I am a senior undergraduate student studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. I was born in Israel and I speak Russian. I am passionate about developmental neuroscience and the neurobiology of disease. In the future, I hope to attend medical school. 

Elizabeth Wolfgram

I am a junior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience with a double minor in Bioethics and Spanish. After graduation, I hope to pursue a doctoral degree, specializing in learning disabilities in children. My hobbies include photography, exploring the coffee shops of Chicago, and binge-watching TV.

Lab Alumni

  • Sabina Hajdarovic (2018-2019)

  • Kerri Maselli (2018-2019)

  • Mudra Patel (2018-2019) 

  • Leighanna Sheran (2018)