Cara Cashon portrait

Cara H. Cashon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

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Graduate Research Assistants

Nonah M. Olesen

My name is Nonah Olesen. I am from Arkansas originally and completed my B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Experimental Psychology at Missouri State University. I am now in my sixth year at the University of Louisville, working on my dissertation to complete my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. When I am not working in the lab, teaching, or reading, I am cooking, hiking, canoeing, or hanging out at home with my dog and cat.

Katherine G. Golway

Hi! My name is Katie Kaufling Golway and I’m in my second year pursing a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville, with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology. I volunteered in the Infant Cognition Lab during undergrad before receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bellarmine University in 2019. When I’m not in the lab you can usually find me doing something outdoors, trying a new recipe, watching Netflix, or hanging out with my friends and family.

Undergraduate Students

Jalena Slaton

My name is Jalena Slaton. I am from Madisonville, KY and am currently a senior Psychology major here at the University of Louisville. After I receive my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, I will be moving to Houston, TX to teach for Teach For America. After the two-year program, I plan to go on to an Occupational Therapy Program to gain my Ph.D. in OT specializing in Pediatrics. Gaining experience in the Infant Cognition Lab is very beneficial for me because in the future I would like to teach OT and become a researcher at an institution. Outside of working in the Infant Cognition Lab, I love to spend time with people that I love and enjoy the beautiful sun!


Kolbie Vincent

My name is Kolbie Vincent and I am from Edmonson County, KY. I am currently a senior at the University of Louisville double majoring in Psychology and Communication, with a minor in Social Change. My research interests include Developmental Psychology and Language Acquisition. After I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. In my free time I enjoy watching The Office and playing Sudoku.

Katherine Whitaker

My name is Katherine Whitaker. I am from Williamsburg, Kentucky, and I am a junior Grawemeyer Scholar and Psychology major with a Philosophy minor. After graduating from UofL, I plan to work towards a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. When I’m not doing homework or working at UofL’s Office of Admissions, I like exploring Louisville, reading mystery novels, and spending time with friends and my cat.

Mallory Thompson

My name is Mallory Thompson and I am from Georgetown, Kentucky. I am currently a junior Psychology major with a minor in Biology. After I graduate from UofL, I plan to either attend Physician Assistant school or get a Ph.D. in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy travelling around the U.S., baking, and hanging out with friends and family!

Aisha Thapa

Hi everyone! My name is Aisha Thapa. I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, but moved to Louisville, KY when I was 8 years old. I am a senior Psychology major with a Biology minor here at the University of Louisville. After I graduation, I plan on taking a few gap years and then applying to medical school. I look forward to seeing the real-time application of what I learned in classes and to learning new research techniques at the Infant Cognition Lab. In my free time, I like to decompress with friends, binge TV shows, and paint.

Jeraan Fernando

My name is Jeraan Fernando. I am from Union, KY and I am a current junior at the University of Louisville. I am studying Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Biology and I have had some past research experience in some biology projects. My plan is to do an MBA after graduating. Then I will decide on what program I will do (either medical school or another graduate program). I enjoy watching the NBA and reading adventure stories.

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