Research Team


CandiceMills_2016_adult_online Dr. Candice Mills, Director

Candice Mills is an associate professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Mills earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude in cognitive neuroscience, from the University of Florida, and a PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Dr. Mills’ research examines how children learn from others. Her research incorporates methods and theories from developmental, cognitive, social, and educational psychology, with participant populations spanning from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Her previous research has been published in professional psychology journals as well as discussed in national resources such as the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, and National Public Radio.


Kaitlin_2015_adult_online Kaitlin Sands, BS
Doctoral Student
Joined in Fall 2015. Kaitlin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University with a major in Psychology as well as minors in Neuroscience and Early Childhood Education. At Elon, Kaitlin assisted in research investigating young children’s learning of math and science and how parents contribute to that process. Her current research interests include how children ask questions in order to learn new information as well as individual and cultural differences in children’s inquiry abilities.


Shreya Balamurali
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Spring 2019. Shreya is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology and plans to enter a career in either pediatric psychiatry or clinical psychology. She is extremely passionate about behavioral science and loves working with children, especially those with special needs. During her time with the Think Lab, she hopes to better her understanding of learning and cognitive development in children as it bridges the fields of education and psychology. In her spare time, Shreya loves writing short stories, taking long walks with her dog, and trying new flavors of bubble tea.


Anthuanet Espinel
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Summer 2019. Anthuanet is double majoring in Psychology and Child Learning and Development and hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology. She has always had a passion for working with children and wants to help those with special needs. During her time in the Think Lab, Anthuanet hopes to gain a better understanding of how children learn, process, and evaluate information.


Jenna Happe
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Fall 2019. Jenna is a Neuroscience student who plans to go on to complete an MD-PhD program to be able to work directly with patients and continue research to advance the field of brain science. Specifically working in psychiatry, she wishes to spend her life with patients of all ages suffering from mental illness and improving their quality of life. Working in Think Lab as a research assistant will allow her to exercise her interest in how the brain takes information and processes it and gain experience to start her own research lab in the future.


Nimah Khan
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Summer 2019. Nimah is currently majoring in Healthcare Studies. She plans to attend medical school after college, then go on to pursue a career in emergency medicine. Nimah’s passion for working with children stems from being a part of UNICEF and working at a tutoring center, where she had the opportunity to interact directly with kids and observe how they learn. By being a part of the Think Lab, Nimah hopes to gain a keener understanding of the multitude of ways that children learn and use information from the world around them. In her free time, she loves writing, traveling with family, and trying out new recipes.


Anthony Monroe
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Summer 2018. Anthony is a psychology major at UTD. His interests include scientific skepticism, epistemology, and science learning. Anthony plans to earn a PhD and pursue a career in academia, to do research and teach in the interest of helping end the replication crisis in psychology. He is also interested in being involved with science communication. Anthony’s experiences in the Think Lab will help him develop the skills to become a scrupulous researcher.


Alessandra Stagni
Undergraduate Student
Joined in Fall 2019. Alessandra is majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Criminology. She aspires to undertake a career in Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology as well as earning a PhD and teaching at a University. She is passionate about behavioral and brain sciences, especially the study of the brain’s cognitive process and the study of clinical psychology. She loves spending time with children and observing how their curiosity leads them to learn from their environment. During her time with the Think Lab she hopes to expand her knowledge on how early learning impacts and shapes the human mind.