Lab Members

I am currently accepting students (both undergraduate and master’s level).

Here is the general application to do research in a lab at Avila: Research Experience Participation Request

Lab Personnel

Dr. Jordan Wagge, Lab Director

I am a Professor (as of Fall 2021! Woohoo!) at Avila University in the Psychology Department. I have lived in Kansas City since 2009 with my most amazing spousal person and we have two awesome little kiddos, two cats, two dogs, and a ton of shows in our Netflix queue. I love my job at Avila, my colleagues, working with students, doing research, and making everything into a joke. I’m on twitter!

Graduate Students

Carrie Sutherland, Graduate Assistant

Hello, my name is Kaitlin Parrott and I am a Graduate Student in the graduate Psychology program at Avila University. Currently, I am a Resident Assistant on campus and a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Amy Bucher. My interests are sport psychology & exercise and eating disorders. After graduation, I hope to obtain a PhD in Sport Psychology.

Hi, My name is Sydney Sleichert and I’m currently pursuing my master’s degree at Avila. After receiving my bachelors degree in Wisconsin, I decided to change things up and move 8 hours away. Research has always been interesting to me and that’s why I decided to continue in a lab for my masters program. My focus in psychology revolves around the concepts of mental disorders and the perceptions around them, but I really enjoy learning about all the facets of psych. In the future, I hope to gain my PhD and progress into the world of academia.

Not pictured (because PANDEMIC):

  • Jordan Meyer
  • Sean Wheaton

Undergraduate Students

Hi, I’m Gabby! I am from Cedar Park, Texas and found my way to Kansas City thanks to a softball scholarship at Avila! I joined the Cognition lab in the fall of 2018. I am a fourth-year student at Avila, with aspirations to enter graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy. I joined the lab because I enjoy challenging myself to think differently and continually learn new skills. I feel that research is a valuable and applicable tool for everyone to have, so I did not want to miss out on this awesome opportunity! On the rare occasion that I have some “free” time, I usually spend it at church or at home sleeping on my couch with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and my kitty!

I am Raven Josiah from Union City, New Jersey. I am a third-year student at Avila University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a minor in mathematics. Being that I have always been fascinated with knowing what makes people do the things they do, as well as mathematics, it felt only right that I get an in-depth understanding of good research methods and so I joined the lab. I have a growing interest in human factors and ergonomics and with guidance, I hope to expand my knowledge of the field. I love traveling, and in my free time I’m most likely in the gym getting ready for the upcoming football season here at Avila.

Not pictured:

  • Isabel Seiter
  • Savannah Stevens

Lab Alum

Hi! My name is Kyenne Wade and I recently graduated from Avila University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Currently, I am a graduate assistant at Avila University where I am pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology. Following graduation in May of 2020, I plan on pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy.

My name is ArieAhna and I am a fourth year student in the psychology department, working on my thesis to study the relationship between food addiction and perception of food. After I graduate I would like to move to Canada and attend a master’s program in counseling psychology.

Hi, my name is Abigail and I am a fourth year student at Avila University. This year I’m in multiple psychology classes as part of the Undergraduate Psychology Program. I joined the Food Cognition lab Fall of 2017 because of my interest in research psychology as a possible focus in my future studies. My plans for further education are still under consideration and I am excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered here at Avila with people who share similar motivations. It is also my third year as a member of the Cross Country and Track team here at Avila.  My favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family.

I’m Christi. I graduated from Metropolitan Community College with an associate in arts in May of 2018. I am currently an undergraduate student at Avila University working towards a psychology major with a concentration in research and a minor in business management. I will go on from here to earn a Masters in Industrial and organizational psychology. I am most interested in applied research within the workplace involving employee retention strategies. In my free time I enjoy philanthropy, reading, and traveling.

Braeden Hall, MSP ’19

Braeden is now a PhD student in the Applied Psychology program at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

He is the first author on a manuscript for a collaborative replication project between the Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CREP) and the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA). This manuscript has been granted provisional acceptance with Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS).

Nicole Mathis, BA ’16, MSCP ’18 (lab member 2014 – 2018)

Nicole works at Hooglund Brain Imaging Center as a Research Associate and is currently teaching PY 617: Research Design & Analysis I as an Adjunct Instructor.

Maddie Summerfield, BA ’19

Lab Member 2017-2019

Josh Johns, BA ’19, lab member Fall 2018 and Field Experience Intern Spring 2019.

Josh is now a student in the MFT program at Friends University.

Taylor Cole, lab member Fall 2018

Erika Vitti, lab member Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Ann Salimbene, Fall 2018 – Summer 2019

Alfred Hoppert, 2014