Research Team

Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator


Dr. Amanda Lash is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Whittier College. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Ph.D. in Psychology, with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, from Brandeis University.  Professor Lash completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto. Her area of expertise is in cognitive aging, auditory perception, and speech processing.




Undergraduate Research Assistants




Richard Agajanian is an alum from Whittier College. He majored in Psychology and Pre-Med. Richard likes sports and plays the piano. He is active in his church as well as clubs on campus including WCSN, Psi Chi, and Intramural sports.





Emily Olague is a senior at Whittier College, graduating in the Spring of 2019. She is majoring in Psychology and Political Science and minoring in Mathematics. She is on the Women’s Lacrosse team, Psi Chi Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, and the Metaphonian Society. She is interested in Criminal Psychology and Counterintelligence.






Taylor Beckwith is a junior at Whittier College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health and Social Work. She is a member of the Whittier College Women’s Golf Team and the Poet Student Athlete Leadership Academy. Taylor also has an internship on campus focused on transitioning Whittier College to a tobacco free campus and works as a Freshman Writing Associate. She is also active in Cru, the Christian club on campus. Taylor hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology or Public Health.



Past Research Assistants




Emma Brown is an alum from Whittier College who graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in December 2017. She is passionate about helping others and hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.






Mila Markova graduated with a B.A. in Psychology at Whittier College. She is very active on campus, participating in Psi Chi, choir, as well as working at the career center. She hopes to one day pursue a career in speech-language pathology.