Cara Cashon portrait

Cara H. Cashon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Faculty webpage


Graduate Research Assistants

Katherine Dixon

Katherine C. Dixon

My name is Kate Dixon. I graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee: Knoxville with a B.A. in Psychology. I later returned to UTK for my M.A. in Experimental Psychology. I am now in my third year of study in the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville. In my free time I play roller derby and paint.

Nonah M. Olesen

My name is Nonah Olesen. I completed my undergraduate degree and M.A. degree in Experimental Psychology at Missouri State University. I am now in my second year at the University of Louisville working towards a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology. When I am not working in the lab or reading I am hiking, canoeing, or hanging out at home with my dog and two cats.

Undergraduate Students

Lauren Dale

Lauren Dale

 Hi my name is Lauren Dale, I'm a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I'm currently in my fourth semester in the Infant Cognition Lab and am currently working on completing a senior thesis with the help of Dr. Cashon. In my free time I enjoy dancing as a Ladybird and cheering on the cards!

Sarah McQuaide

Sarah McQuaide

My name is Sarah McQuaide, and I am a sophomore biology and psychology student at U of L! While I am studying and working in the lab, I love to listen to music: Adele and Onerepublic are my favorites. When I am not studying, I like playing my piano and guitar, and I love going out to eat with my friends!

Audrey Smith

Audrey Smith

Hi, I’m Audrey! I'm a sophomore, studying for BAs in Psychology and Sociology. I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. When I'm not in class, studying or in the lab I like to knit, watch Netflix and read.

Hannah Floyd

Hannah Floyd

Hello, my name is Hannah! I am majoring in psychology and minoring in both creative writing and criminal justice. I love children and plan to work with them in my future career and personal life. I also like to sing, play guitar, and write music.

Rachael Crenshaw

Rachael Crenshaw

Hi, I’m Rachael! I am a Junior at the University of Louisville majoring in Biology. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school. I joined this lab because I am interested in the developing brain of children and I hope to carry the skills that I learn from this research experience into my future career as a physician. 

Recent Graduates: Where are they now?

Picture of Cara Cashon and Oh-Ryeong Ha

Oh-Ryeong Ha, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, 2013

Current position: Asst. Professor, University Missouri-Kansas City

Nicholas A Holt portrait

Nicholas A. Holt, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, 2016

Current position: Bellarmine University


Kyrstin Sutton-Davis

Kyrstin Sutton-Davis

B.A. Psychology, Honors, May 2015

Current Position: Master's Program in Clinical Psychology, Murray State University

Sharon Smith portrait

Sharon Smith

B.A. Psychology, Honors, May 2014

Current position: Master's Program in Clinical Psychology, Murray State University

Lauren E. Helton portrait

Lauren E. Helton

M.S. Experimental Psychology, University of Louisville, 2015

Current position: Instructor, Xavier University