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Department of Psychology Gartstein Temperament Lab

Personnel

The Gartstein Temperament Lab meets regularly to collaborate on research efforts and publications.  Our former lab members have gone on to positions in academia and the private sector.  We additionally work closely with remote research teams in the United States and beyond – for more information, see our Partners page.

Our current team members include:

Masha Gartstein

Masha Gartstein

Dr. Gartstein’s research addresses temperament development, primarily in early childhood. The emphasis on identifying typical trajectories of growth for reactive and regulatory tendencies is coupled with efforts to discern risk and protective factors relevant to the emergence of psychopathology.  Dr. Gartstein has examined a spectrum of environmental factors contributing to temperament attributes “coming online”, including parental temperament, parenting/parent-child interactions, and cultural influences. More recently, her work has focused on biological underpinnings of temperament, examining prenatal effects and postnatal physiological correlates. Current studies are addressing effects associated with maternal physiological and psychosocial stress during pregnancy, including epigenetic mechanisms. The Gartstein laboratory has also been collecting infant electroencephalogram (EEG) data reflecting brain activity associated with reactive and regulatory aspects of temperament. Another project wherein genomic parameters of infant microbiome are identified and linked with temperament attributes is currently underway. This research is conducted in collaboration with several WSU laboratories, as well as multiple domestic and international partners.


 

Eric Desmarais

Eric Desmarais

I grew up in a small town in central Washington called Sunnyside. In May of 2014 I received my B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University. As an undergraduate, much of my time was spent working on a research project with Dr. Laurie Smith-Nelson. Our research focused on comprehensive sexuality education as a moderator of adult attachment style, high risk sexual behavior, and high risk alcohol use. While working with Dr. Gartstein, my research has focused on cross-cultural differences in development. I also recently received my M.S. following a study investigating the relationships between toddler temperament, parenting factors, and behavior problems. I have particular interests in advanced data analysis techniques (i.e., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling), and enjoy working with students who have similar interests.


 

Alyssa Neumann

Alyssa Neumann

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with Psychology and Pre-Med majors and a Biology minor in 2014, and I joined the Infant Temperament Lab just over a year later, when I started the WSU Clinical Psychology program in 2015. My research interests mainly focus on the developmental outcomes of factors related to the prenatal environment (such as a mother having mental health issues or taking various medications during pregnancy). It has been neat to make connections between what I am learning and a previous job working with parents and children who experienced domestic abuse and were usually recovering from trauma. Apart from school work and research, I enjoy gallivanting around the Palouse and traveling. I am on the “Child track” in the program and eventually hope to enter a career in pediatric psychology!


 

Natalia Potapova

Natalia Potapova

I am a graduate student at WSU (Pullman) Doctoral Clinical Program, currently on internship. I study emotion regulation in infants (6-12 months of age) via electroencephalography (EEG) at Dr. Gartstein’s Temperament Lab. My dissertation project aims to identify links between infant emotion regulation and frontal cortical asymmetries assessed via EEG during a socially stressful procedure (the Still Face paradigm). While my research interests are focused primarily on the first year of life, most of my clinical experiences involve providing crisis and health management interventions to adults, particularly in hospital settings. My clinical passions also include conducting adult psychological and neuropsychological/cognitive assessments for ADHD and learning disabilities.​  Additionally, I have taught multiple health and wellness workshops, as well as several online and in-person undergraduate courses.  Presently, I am also serving as a Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists Section Representative to the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12, American Psychological Association (APA)). Recreationally, my husband and I enjoy teaching Latin dance (Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue) classes at the WSU Recreation Center.


 

Allegra X. Campagna

Allegra X. Campagna

I am a 2nd year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program here at WSU. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 with degrees in Biology and Psychology. My research interests are in mother-infant interactions, emotion regulation in infancy, and psychophysiology methods such as electroencephalography (EEG). In addition to research, teaching, seeing clients, and taking classes, I enjoy gardening and hiking with my dog and friends.

 


 

Jennifer Mattera

Jennifer Mattera

I graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a double major in Biology and Psychology.  After graduating, I worked as a research assistant for over three years at Brown University where I studied the differential effects of prenatal exposure to depression and antidepressants on developmental outcomes during infancy and early childhood.  I joined the Infant Temperament Lab in 2018 and am responsible for coordinating the Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Health Study.  I am specifically interested in studying how stressors during pregnancy, such as depression and anxiety, relate to socio-emotional functioning in young children via biological mechanisms.  I hope to apply these research interests to treating at-risk children exhibiting behavioral and emotional dysregulation in order to prevent these difficulties from developing into more severe psychological disorders.