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Lab Director

Dr. Celinda (Cindy) Reese-Melancon, Ph.D.

Dr. Reese-Melancon is an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University. She completed her doctorate at Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Katie Cherry. Her work is focused on prospective memory, or how we remember to do things in the future, as well as metamemory, or how knowledge and beliefs about memory relate to memory performance. Dr. Reese-Melancon’s primary interest is in how prospective memory performance and memory beliefs change with age, but she also conducts research examining basic memory mechanisms.


The last show she truly binge-watched was Breaking Bad, but these days she is enjoying The Crown.

Graduate Students

Erin Harrington, M.S.

Erin is a current 5th year in the doctoral Experimental Psychology program, pursuing a dual-track degree in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 2015. Erin is interested in features that influence successful prospective memory performance, prospective memory demands among parents, as well as age-related changes in cognition.  

Erin enjoys binge watching The Office (for the millionth time) with her cat, Nara.

Rachael Turner

Rachael is currently a 1st year student in the doctoral Experimental Psychology program. She graduated from Washburn University in 2019. She is interested in how aging can impact prospective memory performance as well as how aging impacts cognitive abilities overall. 

Rachael enjoys rewatching the show Friends in her free time. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Emery Thackerson

Emery is a current junior at OSU, majoring in psychology with a minor in human resource management. In addition to working in the Memory and Cognitive Aging Lab, Emery works for a lab in OSU’s Spears Business School focusing on behavioral environment in the workforce. Emery plans to pursue a masters in industrial/organizational psychology and eventually move on to a PhD in management. Emery hopes to help companies with hiring and termination processes and develop efficient company programs.


Emery’s favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones and American Horror Story 

Jon Schneider

Jon is an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University. In addition to being a member of the Memory and Cognitive Aging Lab, he is also a member of Dr. Doug Hershey's Retirement Planning Lab. In these two labs, he's interested in exploring as much of cognitive psychology as possible. Jon is planning to pursue a PhD in experimental psychology with a cognitive track for a future career as a researcher and professor in psychology.


When outside of the lab, he spends most of his time watching foreign indie films preferring them over American films.

Amelia Kurk


Amelia is a sophomore studying psychology at Oklahoma State University. She is a research assistant in Dr. Reese-Melancon’s Memory and Cognitive Aging Lab where she focuses on issues surrounding prospective memory. She is especially interested in investigating areas of psychology that impact quality of everyday life. Amelia plans to pursue a Master’s degree in psychology with the goal of becoming a counselor.


Her passion is people and she most enjoys volunteering with residents of assisted living homes and with children. 

Vanessa Lay

Vanessa is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. She is studying psychology with the hopes of attaining a PhD and ultimately working in a research position. She currently works in the Aging and Cognition lab primarily focused on various forms of cognitive processes. 


Due to her old childhood dream of becoming a performing clown, she can both ride a unicycle and juggle; not at the same time, unfortunately.

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