We are a developmental research group that is interested in gender role development and stereotypes and, specifically, how the toys children play with might impact how children develop their own gender identities.
Dr. Megan Fulcher - Dr. Megan Fulcher is an associate professor of Psychology at Washington and Lee University. Her research interests include the social and emotional development of children, children’s gender-role acquisition and understanding, individual differences in children’s gender-role flexibility, and development in the context of traditional and non-traditional families. She oversees the Gender Psych lab and all of its research projects. Fulcher CV
Caroline Coppinger, '20 - Caroline is a senior from Billerica, Massachusetts, pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Creative Writing. On campus, Caroline is a member of the varsity women’s soccer team. Upon graduation, she will work in the financial services industry as an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
Hannah Dodds, '20 - Hannah is a senior from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She has been a member of the lab since the winter of her sophomore year. On campus, Hannah is a member of the varsity women's soccer team and a member of the executive team of the Promise Committee. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Abby Hinrichs, ‘20 - Abby is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Spanish. She joined the lab the winter of her junior year. On campus, Abby is also the International Trip Coordinator and local Spanish translator for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Upon graduation, Abby plans to pursue a degree in Child Life and hopes to work closely with the Spanish-speaking population as a Child Life Specialist.
Aidan Long, '20 - Aidan is a Senior Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences Major and Philosophy Minor from Concord, Massachusetts. He joined the lab the fall of his Senior year. On campus, Aidan is a member of the varsity lacrosse team, the Outing Club, and is an active volunteer for Campus Kitchen. Following graduation, he plans on attending law school.
Abby Miller, '20 - Abby is a senior from Mount Airy, Georgia, pursuing a major in Psychology and a double minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and East Asian Languages and Literature. She has been a member of the lab since the winter of her sophomore year. On campus, Abby is an LGBTQ Peer Counselor and a section leader in the University Wind Ensemble. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.
Graham Pergande, '20 - Graham is a senior from Fort Worth, Texas pursing a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Creative Writing. He is part of the Leadership Team of the Washingtonian Society, W&L's collegiate recovery community. After graduation he plans to continue working with college students in recovery and pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or counseling.
Meghan Kelley, '21 - Meghan is a junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Poverty Studies. She joined the lab the winter of her sophomore year. Meghan spends time serving members of the Rockbridge community volunteering at the Campus Kitchen as well as Project Horizon.
Gina LaRusso, '21 - Gina is a junior from Melville, New York, perusing a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Science. She joined the lab this fall. On campus, Gina is on the leadership team for RUF, a Christian ministry organization. She is also a leader for Appalachian Adventure, a pre-orientation backpacking trip for freshmen.
Emily Moran, '21 - Emily is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina pursuing a B.A. in Cognitive and Behavioral Science with a minor in Education. She has been a part of Dr. Fulcher's lab since the winter term of her freshman year. This year, Emily is serving as Participant Coordinator for the lab team. On campus, Emily serves as a University Ambassador and a Peer Counselor. After graduation, Emily plans to complete a graduate program that caters towards her love of children and educational development.
Ben Mulholland, ’21 – Ben is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pursuing a major in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. He joined the lab in the fall of 2019 after taking Dr. Fulcher’s Principles of Development course which sparked his interest in childhood development . On campus, Ben is a member of the men’s lacrosse team and also the General’s Leadership academy.
Katherine Weaver, '21 - Katherine is a junior from Ithaca, New York pursuing a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Science and a minor in Mass Communications. This is her first semester with the Fulcher Lab, but she has previously worked with Cornell University's Infant Studies Lab. On campus, Katherine is a member of the varsity swim team and serves as the marketing chair for Fancy Dress. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree and combine her interests in development and psychopathology. *
Hal Fant, '22 - Hal is a sophomore from Columbia, South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. He was been a member of the lab since the fall of his Sophomore year. Hal enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering at Waddell Elementary school as a second grade tutor, as well as coaching tennis to children in the Rockbridge area. After graduation, Hal plans on attending Medical School. ********************
Eugenia O'Connor, '22 - Eugenia is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama pursuing a double major in Psychology and Business Administration. She joined Dr. Fulcher's lab in the fall in 2019 in hopes of learning more about child and gender development. On campus, Eugenia serves as a Peer Counselor. She is passionate about community service and early childhood education. She carries out this passion by volunteering at Waddell Elementary School as a second grade tutor.
Graduates of the Lab
Kingsley Schroeder, '14 - Kingsley is from Dayton, OH and majored in Psychology. Kingsley has now entered doctorate developmental psychology program with a special focus in gender development at Penn State. She is working with Dr. Lynn Liben.
Emily Warner Suminski, '14 - Emily is from Lancaster, CA. She majored in Psychology and minored in Poverty and Human Capability. She began working in Dr. Fulcher's lab in the Winter of her junior year. Emily has worked with the homeless in an outreach program in Washington DC. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health.
Eliza Parrott, '14 - Eliza is from Roanoke, VA and majored in Psychology. Eliza is working for an insurance company in Richmond, VA.
Randl Dent, '15 – Randl is from Dunkirk, MD and majored in Psychology. She began working in Dr. Fulcher’s lab in the Winter of her sophomore year. Randl is now attending Virginia Commonwealth University in pursuit of her PhD in Public Health.
Charlotte Magee, ‘15 - Charlotte is a neuroscience major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She began working in Dr. Fulcher's Lab in the winter of her junior year. Charlotte spent the summer of 2014 working in The Affect Cognition Lab under the direction of Dr. Johnson and in the fall of 2014 joined Dr. Whiting's Cognition Lab. Charlotte works in research as the lab technician in the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory directed by Mark Smith, Ph.D. at Davidson College.
Nelson Helm, ’17 - Nelson is from Salem, VA and was a psychology and journalism double major. Nelson is currently taking a gap year, pursuing journalism in Atlanta, before heading back to school to get his PhD in Developmental Psychology.
Darby Lundquist, '17 - Darby is a psychology major from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Currently, Darby is working in New York at Camp Ramapo. During the summer, she leads ropes courses for kids with disabilities. During the school year, she will live with a young adult with special needs to help them learn skills to live independently. On the weekends, Darby leads retreats with Camp Ramapo for inner-city school children. After her time in New York, she hopes to get a Masters of Psy.D in clinical psychology to work with children with disabilities.
Catherine Simpson, '18 - Catherine is a Psychology major with a minor in Creative Writing from Richmond, Virginia. Catherine is currently in graduate school at Vanderbilt University in the Peabody School of Education and Human Development. She has worked as a part-time for Compass Counseling as a behavior support clinician for children with autism, and is pursuing her research interests in autism through her Master's program at Vanderbilt.
Evan Kueffner, ’18 –Evan is from Jackson, Michigan and majored in Psychology. Currently residing in Nashville, he is enrolled at Vanderbilt's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to earn certification as a Mindfulness Facilitator.
M. Davis Straske, ’19 - Davis is a senior from Tampa, Florida, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She has been a part of the lab since the winter of her freshman year, and currently serves as the lab's participant coordinator and pre-school liaison. On campus, Davis dances with and is the co-president for the W&L Dance Repertory Company. She also serves as Vice President of the Panhellenic Council. After college, Davis hopes to earn a PhD in developmental psychology and focus her research on children's socio-emotional development and parent-child relationships. ************************
Marie Baldwin, '19-- Marie is a senior from Dallas, Texas. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has been a member of the lab since her sophomore year, and currently serves as the lab's data coordinator. On campus, Marie is a student DJ for the campus radio station, a member of the executive team of the Promise Committee, and serves as senior chair for the Perspectives Committee of the *************************FYOC. She is also the student liaison to the Women *************************and Gender Studies advisory board. After graduation, *************************Marie hopes to pursue a graduate degree in data *************************analytics. ************************
Catherine Peabody, '19 -Catherine is a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii pursuing a major in Psychology and a double minor in Poverty and Human Capabilities Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She joined the lab in the winter of her sophomore year and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator. On campus, Catherine works for and sits on the leadership team of Campus Kitchen. After college, she would like to join Americorps and pursue a graduate degree with a concentration in prison reform.
Ian Gipson, '19- Ian is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia pursuing majors in Business Administration and Psychology. He joined the lab in the winter of his junior year. On campus, Ian is a member of the varsity football team, a peer tutor, and a member of the Williams Investment Society. Upon Graduation, he hopes to begin a career in investment banking.
Hailey Glick, '19- Hailey is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Poverty Studies. She joined the lab in the fall of her junior year. On campus, Hailey serves as the Lead Student for the Novack Fund and is a section leader in the University Singers. After graduation, she hopes to earn her MS and become a social worker.