Elizabeth 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

Post-Doctoral Student


Amanda Zamary, Ph.D

Dr. Zamary joined the Marsh Memory Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate in Fall 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. At the broadest level, her program of research focuses on improving memory, understanding, and reasoning with complex concepts and materials. During her time at Kent State, much of Zamary’s research investigated the utility of example-based techniques for supporting abstract concept learning (e.g., availability heuristic, positive reinforcement, internal validity). More recently, she has been interested in how people spontaneously recognize and use knowledge in contexts that differ drastically from the context in which knowledge was originally learned. She is also interested in using principles of cognitive psychology to improve education, identifying individual differences that interact with normatively effective learning techniques, and enhancing scientific literacy in the general public.

Office: 213AB Sociology-Psychology Building


Phone: (919) 660-5797

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students


Emmaline Drew Eliseev, M.A.

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: 207 Sociology-Psychology Building
Phone: (919) 660-5797


Hannah Moshontz, M.A.

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) 684-064


Matthew Stanley, M.A.

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



Morgan Taylor, B.A.

Morgan Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. There, she worked with Nicholas Turk-Browne studying statistical learning and time perception. After graduation, she joined Dartmouth's Person Perception Lab and worked on projects relating to the detection and recognition of familiar faces. Morgan entered the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program at Duke in Fall 2018 and works with Elizabeth Marsh and Greg Samanez-Larkin. Using behavioral and neuroimanaging techniques, she investigates memory and decision-making processes in younger and older adults.

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


Brenda Yang, M.A.

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, deceptive data visualizations, misinformation, and what research in cognitive psychology and educational practice can learn from each other.

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

Lab Manager


Alexandria Stone, B.S., B.A.

Alexandria Stone received her B.S in Psychology and her B.A in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the StressWAVES Biobehavioral Research Lab under Dr. Jeanette Bennett. Her research investigated how the commonly used psychoactive drug of caffeine impacts both positive and negative emotional responses in individuals experiencing alexithymia and depression symptomology.

Office: 207 Sociology-Psychology Building

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ceren Ebrem

Abby Flyer

Stephanie Ng

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Kathleen Arnold - Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2007- Assistant Professor, Radford University 

Andrew Butler - Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2009 - Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Jeff Lozito - Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 2007


Graduate Students

Andrea Eslick 
Ph.D., Duke University, 2011 - Assistant Professor at Wartburg College   

Lisa K. Fazio
Ph.D., Duke University, 2010 - Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt 

Mike Huston
M.A., Duke University, 2006

Nadia Brashier 
Ph.D., Duke University, 2018 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University with Dr. Schacter

Allison Black-Maier
Ph.D., Duke University, 2017- Research Associate at Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Hillary Mullet
Ph.D., Duke University, 2016 - Researcher atFacebook 

Sharda Umanath 
Ph.D., Duke University, 2014 - Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College


Lab Managers

Aaron Johnson 
J.D., Duke University
Law Clerk with the North Carolina Supreme Court

Barbie Huelser 
Ph.D., Columbia UniversityCognitive Psychology

Holli Sink 
Ph.D., Miami University at OhioClinical Psychology
Clinical Director at Southmontain Children and Family Services

Elaina Pelky
 Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Lydie Costes 

Kara Thio
 IRB Specialist at Duke University

Meredith Mechanik
Graduate Assistant at University of Texas at Austin  

Anna Goswick 
M.D., UNC Chapel Hill
 Physician atUNC Healthcare


Undergraduate Honors Students

Amanda Gill
 J.D, University of Virginia School of Law
Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Michelle Fang
 Platform Policy & Program Manager at Facebook

Hayden Bottoms
 Ph.D., University of NebraskaClinical Psychology

Seth Disner
 Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care Systems 

Amy Crook
 Ph.D., Rice University
Assistant Professor at Belmont University

Camila Vargas
 Jerome Bruner Award Winner
Intern at National Public Radio, Hidden Brain 

Lindsey Bass

Ada Aka
 Ph.D Candidate at University of Pennsylvania with Computational Memory Lab

Madeline Lyons
 M.D. Candidate, Georgetown School of Medicine
Resident Physician

Amberly Tenney
 Public Policy Manager for the Office of the Secretary of Education in the State of Illinois

Michelle Barbera