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 6th 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 2nd 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 

Vanessa Lay

Vanessa is a senior at Oklahoma State University. She is studying psychology with the hopes of attaining a Ph.D. 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.

Micaela Andreo

Micaela is a junior at Oklahoma State University. She is studying psychology in hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and perform research with older adults and memory diseases such as Alzheimer's.


A fun fact about her is that she's been dancing since she was 12 years old, and is in two dance teams at OSU. 

Anahi Montes

Anahi is a junior at Oklahoma State University. She is studying psychology to earn her Ph.D. and further expand research in the sleep field and to study dreaming from a cognitive or a neuroscience perspective.


A fun fact about Anahi is that she enjoys drawing, animating, playing the cello, and playing games in her free time. She alternates through these hobbies to keep herself stimulated and to avoid burnout.

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