Dr. Mark J. Huff
Principal Investigator

Research Team

Graduate Students

Nicholas Maxwell

Nick is a third year Ph.D. student at the University of Southern Mississippi and is working under the guidance of Dr. Mark Huff. Prior to his arrival at Southern Miss, Nick earned his MS in Experimental Psychology at Missouri State University. He also holds a BA degree in psychology from Mississippi State University. Broadly speaking, he is interested in metacognition, associative memory, and data science.

Kendal Smith

Kendal Smith is a sixth year PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi working under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Huff. Kendal has met the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in the Brain and Behavior program with an emphasis in marine mammal cognition and behavior. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. Kendal’s broad research interest include test expectancy effects on memory, animal cognition and behavior, comparative cognition, and disease salience.

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Jacob Namias

Jacob is a first year PhD student at the University of Southern Mississippi and is working under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Huff. Previously, Jacob earned his BS in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Also, he has been working with the MACA lab since 2019. Jacob’s broad research interests include cognitive aging, attentional control, mindfulness, and spacing effects on memory.

Undergraduate Honors Students

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Landry Smith

“Landry is a Psychology major with minors in Chemistry and Biology. He is a SPUR Award recipient and is completing his honors thesis under Dr. Huff. His thesis explores the impact of expectancy effects on memory performance within the Levels-of-Processing framework. Landry is currently involved in Psychology Scholars, Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, EagleTHON, Honors College Leadership Council, and Sigma Nu Fraternity. After graduation, Landry plans to enroll in a medical program to become a physician.”

Anie Mitchell

Anie is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Premed at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a Golden Eagle Welcome Week Crew Leader, Lambda Sigma member, RUF member, and TRIAD AmeriCorps member. After she graduates, she plans to attend medical school.

Trevor Perry

Trevor is a senior Biomedical Sciences major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Nu Fraternity with past involvement in SGA and the Honors College Leadership Council. After graduation, Trevor plans to attend medical school.

Wryleigh Shearin-Anderson

Wryleigh is a junior psychology and criminal justice double major with a minor in Spanish. She is currently completing her honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Huff. She participates in various on campus activities including Delta Gamma sorority, Student Government Association (Judicial Branch), Honors College Leadership Council, SAPA, and psychology club.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Mary Roth

Mary is a senior Psychology major who is also minoring in Business. She is a member of the Psychology Scholars program. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school for Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Lab Alum

Undergraduate Researchers


   Anastasia Peach (BS, 2017)

   Alyssa Di Mauro (BS, 2018)

   Emily Stahley (Honors BS, 2018)

   Ashley Wood (BS, 2019)

   Laura Pazos (Honors BS, 2019)

   Jessica Runnels (Honors BS, 2020)

   Emily Cates (Honors BS, 2020)

   Kyla Cosentino (BS, 2020)

   Katie Hayford (BS, 2020)

   Kayla Carr (BS, 2020)

   Jacob Namias (BS, 2020)

   Cortney Sanderson (BS, 2020)

   Morgan Poulos (BS, 2020)

   Holly Estopinal (BS, 2020)

Graduate Researchers


   Matthew Gretz (MA, 2019)