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

Margaret Swingler, PhD


Research Scientist
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




Pam Baldwin, M.A.







KelseyKelsey Barry, B.A.

Research Assistant
Right Track Project
University of North Carolina at Greensboro




 Emilie Peterson, B.A.

Department Accounting Technician
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro



 Erica Curtis, B.A.


Project Administrator
The C.A.P. Study
University of North Carolina at Greensboro





 Gabrielle Anders (Hammett), B.S. 

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