Who We Are

Lab Director

Dr. Jennifer Rennels (formerly Ramsey) is the Director of the Baby and Child Rebel Lab.

She is a 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.

Research Associate

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

Graduate Students

Stephanie Verba


Stephanie Verba received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Experimental Psychology from UNLV. She is currently a doctoral 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 and increase flexible thinking (i.e., thinking of others in a non-stereotypic manner) during particularly formative years such as middle childhood and adolescence, and in turn, adulthood?


   Kirsty Kulhanek  

Kirsty received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Missouri State University.

She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Experimental Psychology program with a developmental emphasis. The primary questions that drive Kirsty’s research interests are: 1) How do perceptual experience and abilities influence the way we begin to form social biases (such as race, gender, and attractiveness biases)?; and 2) How can we reduce social biases through increased intergroup contact?  


Kindy Insouvanh

Kindy Insouvanh received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta and M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She is currently a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program with a developmental emphasis.

Kindy studies the development and impact of racial/ethnic bias in individuals with diverse backgrounds (e.g., children of all races and ethnicities and with and without developmental disabilities). Two questions guide her current research interests: 1) How do children use contextual cues and person characteristics to make decisions in social situations?; and 2) What factors affect young adults’ reasoning about racism and ways to reduce racial prejudice and discrimination?


Current Research Assistants

                                                                 Meagan Evans

I am a Las Vegas native and I have graduated with my BA in Psychology with a minor in Addictions Treatment. I have been in the Nevada National Guard for 6 years. I am interested in going to graduate school for a PhD in Clinical Psychology.


                                                              Rachel Dewald 

Rachel is currently a senior at UNLV majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. Her research interests center around developmental social cognitive neuroscience in typically developing children and comparing the differences in the social brain development of children with autism. Rachel would like to research lateralization of social cognitive structures using transcranial magnetic stimulation, EEG, and cTBS. She will be applying to grad schools this fall and hopes to earn her PhD in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. 

Former Graduate Students

  • 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, Postdoctoral Researcher, Uppsala University, joshua.juvrud@psyk.uu.se