Katherine A. Duggan
Katherine Duggan, MA is a 5th year graduate student in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Kat works with Howard Friedman and Sara Mednick in studying the associations between personality, sleep, and health. Her current research in the SaC lab focuses on the relationship between conscientiousness, neuroticism, and the maintenance of healthy sleep behaviors.
Elizabeth A. McDevitt
Lizzie McDevitt is a 5th year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her BS in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Lizzie worked as a research study coordinator in the Laboratory for Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience at UC San Diego. Her current research focuses on: (1) understanding mechanisms of memory consolidation during sleep, specifically how sleep may help protect and recover memories from interference, (2) identifying the causal role of specific features of sleep responsible for differing consolidation mechanisms of declarative and non-declarative memories, (3) individual differences in sleep-dependent memory consolidation, and (4) understanding how napping can be optimized for exceptional learning.
Lauren Whitehurst is a 3rd year graduate student in the Sleep and Cognition Lab at University California, Riverside. She received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from James Madison University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Lauren’s research interests broadly entail the use of various pharmacological agents and their effects on sleep, circadian rhythms, memory, and learning. Currently, Lauren is investigating the mechanisms underlying memory-enhancing pharmacological agents and their interaction with sleep in determining memory consolidation.
Benjamin D. Yetton
Ben Yetton is a 2nd year graduate student in the Sleep and Cognition Lab at University California, Riverside. He received a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with 1st Class Honors from the University Of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2010. Before moving to the USA to begin graduate study Ben worked as a research engineer at a power wheelchair company. Ben's research interests include memory, EEG, machine learning and computational modeling.