MS_photoMargaret Swingler, PhD

Research Scientist

Margaret Swingler is the coordinator of the Heart Rate and EEG data collection and analysis for the STAR project. Margaret was involved in getting the STAR project funded and has been working on the project since August 2012. Margaret received her BA in Psychology from NC State and her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of California at San Diego. When she’s not working on the project, Margaret is with her 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter—who keep her very busy. Margaret also enjoys reading, running, yoga, and gossip magazines.


Elif Isbell, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
HDFS Postdocs

Elif received her Ph.D. in Psychology in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Oregon in 2015. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oregon, she joined the S.T.A.R. Project in July 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests are centered on individual differences in the development and neuroplasticity of building blocks of cognition, with a particular focus on attention, working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Three core themes constitute the framework of her research interests: a) biological and contextual factors associated with such individual differences in early childhood; b) how these individual differences interact with socioemotional development, especially in relation to school readiness and early school success; and c) how these individual differences moderate responsiveness to prevention and intervention efforts.


Megan Chandler, M.S.

Project Coordinator

Megan has been on the S.T.A.R. team since July 2013. Before that time, she worked as a research assistant on another research project at UNCG. She graduated with her M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University in December 2009. In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends, especially her two kids.



Devin Tilley, B.S.

Research Associate

Devin has been on the STAR team since October 2016. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from UNCG in May 2016. In her free time she enjoys drawing and painting, reading, and writing short stories.




Previous STAR Staff



Pam Baldwin, M.A.






Kelsey Barry, B.A.






Emilie Peterson, B.A.






Erica Curtis, B.A.







Gabrielle Hammett, B.S.