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Dr. Mark J. Huff
Principal Investigator

Research Team

Graduate Students

Monika Mazela

Monika is a first year Ph.D. student at the University of Southern Mississippi. Monika earned her BS in psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology from Western Illinois University. Monika’s broad research interests include eyewitness memory, false memory, and misinformation effects. 

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Jacob Namias

Jacob is a second 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

Peyton Poe
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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Peyton is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is a Keystone Honor student and is currently working on her thesis in Drawing as a Study Technique. Peyton is expected to graduate in Spring of 2023. 


Garima Puri

Garima is an international student Psychology major with interests in human behavior, child/adult psychology and counseling psychology. Garima serves as a transfer transition leader and a student ambassador for the university. Garima plans on graduating in Spring 2023.

Emilee Westfall

Emilee is a senior Psychology major with a Sociology minor. Her interests include child/ adolescent psychology and counseling psychology. She is a member of Delta Gamma, as well as serves as the President of the College Panhellenic Council. Emilee is expected to graduate Spring 2023.

Ross Russell

Ross is a senior-level Psychology major at the University of Southern Mississippi. Ross plans to graduate with his BS in the Spring of 2023. His interests include perception, clinical psychology, and positive psychology.

Post Bac Research Assistants

Emily Cates

Emily is a MACA lab alum who earned her BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She also completed her Honors Thesis, under Dr. Huff, which aimed to determine how effective item-specific and relational encoding strategies were at reducing the illusion of competence. Emily is working again with the MACA Lab to collect additional data in the pursuit of publishing her thesis.

Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Researchers:
   Anastasia Peach (BS; SPUR Grant, 2017)
   Alyssa Di Mauro (BS; SPUR Grant, 2018)
   Emily Stahley (Honors BS, 2018)
   Ashley Wood (BS; SPUR Grant, 2019)
   Laura Pazos (Honors BS; SPUR Grant, 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; SPUR Grant, 2020)
   Joseph (Landry) Smith (Honors BS; SPUR Grant, 2021)
   Trevor Perry (Honors BS, 2021)
   Mary Roth (BS, 2021)
   Isabel Stoker (BS, 2022)
   Anie Mitchell (Honors BS; SPUR Grant, 2022)
   Wryleigh Shearin-Anderson (Honors BS; SPUR Grant, 2022)

Graduate Researchers:
   Matthew Gretz (MA, 2019)
   Kendal Smith (PhD, 2021)

  Nicholas Maxwell (PhD, 2022)


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