Lab Director

Dr. Jennifer Rennels (formerly Ramsey) is the Director of the Baby and Child Rebel Lab. She is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at UNLV where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Developmental Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in psychology (developmental emphasis) from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and joined UNLV's Department of Psychology faculty in Fall 2003. She has published articles investigating how early social experiences influence infants and children's perceptions of people based on gender, race, and attractiveness. Her research provides insight on the development of biases and stereotypes and how people process information about others. The National Science Foundation and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have provided support for her research.

See Dr. Rennels' profile on ResearchGate

Graduate Students

Andrea Kayl graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is interested in developmental design and analysis and exploring the dynamic patterns of change that occur across development. She is also interested in how real world experiences and individual differences impact behavior. She is currently helping with projects that examine these factors as they relate to infants' preferences for faces and their ability to recognize and categorize people in their social worlds. If you have questions for Andrea, email her at kayla@unlv.nevada.edu

Andrew Cummings, Assistant Faculty-In-Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, cummin29@unlv.nevada.edu

Veronica Glover, Marketing Analyst for Incredible Technologies, Inc., Instructor for Nevada State College and Lee College, roni.glover@gmail.com

Erica Noles, Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Wilmington nolese@uncw.edu  

Joshua Juvrud, Doctoral Student, Uppsala University, joshua.juvrud@psyk.uu.se

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Research Assistants

Research Associates

Stephanie Verba received her B.A. in Psychology from UNLV in 2013. She is a fourth year graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program with a developmental emphasis. Two developmental questions drive Stephanie's main research interests: 1) Why are appearance-based biases so pervasive such that they emerge in childhood and persist into adulthood?; and 2) How can we reduce negative bias during particularly formative years such as middle childhood and adolescence, and in turn, adulthood? 

Currently, Stephanie is working on projects that investigate individual differences in children's displayed attractiveness biases and how early predominant experience with females affects development of children's gender biases and their categorical judgments of female and male targets. If you have any questions for Stephanie, email her at verbas@unlv.nevada.edu.

Kirsty obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2013 and her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Missouri State University in 2015. She is interested in the development of face recognition abilities in infancy and childhood. Kirsty is particularly interested in the effects of diverse experience with faces on perceptual narrowing processes. 

For example, infants typically spend the majority of their time with people that are the same race as their primary caregivers, and thus become better at processing own-race than other-race faces during the first year of life. What Kirsty hopes to invesitgate in her research is how more diverse experience with faces during the first year of life impacts the development of face-processing in infancy and across the lifespan. 

She is currently working on projects that investigate visual preferences and recognition biases for faces in infancy and childhood. If you have any questions for Kirsty, email her at kulhanek@unlv.nevada.edu

Kindy is a third-year graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program working with Dr. Jennifer Rennels. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a MA in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining the program at UNLV, she worked as an early intervention specialist and early childhood program evaluator. Her current research is focused on examining factors that may affect how children imitate a task.

Specifically, she is investigating the influence of target attributes on an observer’s attention and if this influence affects imitation. To address these research questions, Kindy uses behavioral and physiological measures, such as eye tracking and ECG. Additionally, she is interested in studying the acquisition and change of racial and gender stereotypes across the lifespan. If you have any questions for Kindy, email her at Insouvan@unlv.nevada.edu

Former Graduate Students

Katherine Bolanos

Tamara Hassan

Rosa Diaz

Briana Barin

Guadalupe Ceballos

Valarie Paulino

Aliz Marin

Karisa Odrunia

Harli Parker

Maria Espinoza