Dr. Jane Mendle

Jane MendleJane Mendle is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her clinical internship at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.   Dr. Mendle specializes in adolescent psychology, particularly how different aspects of puberty relate to psychological well-being.  She is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence, the Thompson Award from the Behavior Genetics Association, the New Investigator Award from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science.  Her research has been profiled in numerous media outlets, including the BBC, The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsweek.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York.

Lab Manager


cropTaylor Beauvais recently relocated to Ithaca with his wife, a Ph.D student in the Cornell chemistry department. He previously worked as a senior research analyst for Roswell Medical Center and the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo, New York. Taylor received a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University at Buffalo and plans to pursue a Ph.D in Psychology once he has settled on a concentration. His current research interests include masculinity as a factor of adolescent psychopathology. In his free time Taylor enjoys watching, playing, or coaching soccer, cooking, whittling, and hanging out with his wife.


Graduate Students

Mary Kate img_0039Koch is a graduate student in Human Development. Her interests include autobiographical memory, the temporal self, personality factors, rumination, and depression. Her most recent work focuses on differences in the directive function of autobiographical memory in individuals with depression. Mary Kate graduated from Gonzaga University in 2015 with a B.A. with Honors in Psychology. She also received a B.A. with Honors in History from Gonzaga and, consequently, is available to discuss all things Woody Guthrie and mass commercialization in the 1930s.





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Kaylin Ratner is a Ph.D. student in Human Development focused on how psychopathology shapes normative developmental processes like finding a sense of identity, purpose, and meaning in life. Her most recent work has emphasized identity and purpose development among those with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Prior to attending Cornell, she received a B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Kaylin’s research interests are sparked by her clinical experiences working with children/adolescents in inpatient and hospitalization settings.


TayleTEatonr Eaton is a graduate student in Human Development focusing on trauma and memory. Her primary interests are the genetic and environmental individual differences which affect susceptibility to trauma, and the neural activation associated with the formation and retrieval of intrusive memories. Tayler attained a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Psychology Research, and has worked previously in epidemiology and business support.





Undergraduate Research Assistants




meredith ATL websiteMeredith Glaze, Class of 2018.  Meredith is studying Psychology and Music in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She is interested in adolescent psychopathology, particularly in factors contributing to the development of suicidal ideation and also the effect of health education policy on addressing sexual and mental health in schools.  Meredith spent the summer of 2016 working with Children in Crisis, an organization that provides an emergency shelter and long-term foster care, especially designed to keep siblings together and facilitate the transition back to family or toward adoption.  On campus, Meredith performs on piano and harpsichord and is involved with CU Orientation leadership and Cru.



JLesnickJulia Lesnick, Class of 2018. Julia is a junior in the College of Human Ecology. Julia’s interests lie in the intersection between developmental psychopathology and feminist studies. She pursues this focus through Cornell’s human development major and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies minor, as well as through her work and volunteering. She is a member of the research team at Think:Kids; a division of Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry that specializes in treating oppositional defiant disorder, and volunteers in the childcare program at REACH, a domestic violence outreach organization serving the Greater Boston area.




MLingMadeline Ling, Class of 2017. Madeline is a senior Psychology major in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She is most interested in psychopathology in the early stages of development and the role of one’s environment in typical and atypical developmental trajectories.  Madeline would like to purse doctoral studies in counseling psychology, hopefully working with children and adolescents.  At Cornell, Madeline is in an a cappella group and is a program coordinator for the youth mentorship program Y.O.U.R.S.






IMG_0692Emily Rosenthal, Class of 2018. Emily is a junior in the college of Human Ecology and is majoring in Human Development. She is interested in how development proceeds and changes over a lifespan and what influences said development, especially in relation to educational contexts and possible education policy. She enjoys working with children in educational as well as in more informal contexts, and has done so for the past four years. At Cornell, Emily is an Orientation Leader for incoming freshmen. ​







Recent Lab Alumni

Kirsten McKone served as the lab manager of the Adolescent Transitions Lab for two and a half years, after four years of working in education at a charter school management nonprofit in Los Angeles. In 2016, Kirsten was admitted to the doctoral program in clinical-developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she will be advised by Dr. Brooke Molina. She is broadly interested in conducting research on risk for and resilience to psychopathology through multiple levels of analysis.



Graduate Students

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development with a focus on the interplay of genetically-influenced neurobiological tendencies and social experience on personality and social development. Her work draws on methodology from both quantitative/molecular behavioral genetics and social neuroscience. Sarah received her B.S. in psychology at the University of Maryland in 2009 where she researched attachment in mother-child dyads and evolutionary genomics. Currently, Sarah is finishing her dissertation, applying multiple approaches to identifying genetic and environmental pathways to sensitivity of emotional systems, which she predicts shape the idiosyncratic ways that individuals respond to their social worlds.


Undergraduate Research Assistants




Greta Sloan, Class of 2018. Greta is a Junior Human Development major in the College of Human Ecology, and is pursuing a Spanish Minor. She is interested in studying intervention strategies aimed at promoting resiliency and healthy coping for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She also is interested in education and teaching. At Cornell, Greta works for Cornell Outdoor Education and is involved the mentoring program “Y.O.U.R.S”.






Taylor McGuireTaylor McGuire, Class of 2016. Taylor is currently working as a research assistant at the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program at the University of Michigan. She anticipates pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.”.







NFinnNatalie Finn, Class of 2013. Natalie was the recipient of the 2013 Henry Ricciuti Memorial Award for Outstanding Seniors and is currently working as research assistant at the the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at the University of California-San Diego.





KMcCormickKathleen McCormick, Class of 2016. Kathleen is currently a research coordinator at the Women’s Hormone and Aging Research Program, a Harvard lab at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.







Alexandra Holmes, Class of 2016. Alexandra graduated as a human development major and French minor and is currently an intern at Keever Vineyards in Napa, CA. Her interest in exploring the wine industry began during her semester abroad in France where she first experienced the world of wine and knew she wanted to learn more. Alexandra spent the Spring of 2015 in Aix-en-Provence France studying human development in a cross-cultural context.




PGonzalezPatricia D. Gonzalez, Class of 2015. Patricia (Patty) is pursing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington, where she aims to give back to diverse communities by conducting research on substance use in minority populations, while also learning how to be a multi-culturally sensitive practitioner.





Anna Mai, Class of 2015. Anna  is currently a medical assistant for a cardiologist at a private practice and hopes to one day become a pediatrician, specializing in psychiatry.






AMolinaAmanda Molina, Class of 2015. Currently, Amanda is planning to complete remaining pre-med requirements in preparation for applying to medical school. She hopes to specialize in dermatology.





Meredith Moser, Class of 2015. Meredith graduated as a Human Development major. She anticipates attending medical school.