Research Team

Director

Allison Bielak

Dr. Allison Bielak

Dr. Allison Bielak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Dr. Bielak completed her Masters (2004) and PhD (2008) in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at the University of Victoria, Canada. She completed a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Bielak is intrigued by the differences between people’s cognitive abilities as they age into older adulthood, such as why one individual can be 90 years of age and “as sharp as a tack”, yet another is only in their 60s and has Alzheimer’s disease. She is particularly interested in how social, cognitive, and physical activities play a role in cognitive aging, and investigates this through a) short-term observational studies, b) activity intervention studies, and c) analysis of large-scale international longitudinal studies of aging.

Dr. Bielak is originally from Winnipeg, Canada, and is an avid traveler. When she isn’t running after her toddler, she enjoys biking the paths of Fort Collins, yoga, and creating yummy food with her husband.


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Christopher Brydges

Dr. Christopher Brydges

Dr. Christopher Brydges is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Healthy Cognitive Aging Laboratory. Dr. Brydges completed his undergraduate studies (2009) and PhD (2014) in Psychology at the University of Western Australia. He has since worked as an Associate Lecturer at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, and as a postdoc at the University of the Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain, at Murdoch University, and at the University of Western Australia, before arriving at CSU. Dr. Brydges is interested in cognition across the lifespan, from both behavioral and electrophysiological perspectives, in terms of both how children show rapid improvements through school years, as well as cognitive decline in older adults.

Dr. Brydges is originally from England (though has spent half his life living in Perth, Australia), enjoys exercising frequently, and is looking forward to exploring Fort Collins, Colorado, and the United States during his time here.


Current Research Assistants

Katie Dompier

Katie Dompier

Katie is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology. She will graduate in May 2018. She is interested in a working with older adults in the context of long-term health care facilities. In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing guitar, dancing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Odalys Fernandez

Odalys Fernandez

Odalys is an undergraduate student majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She will graduate in Spring 2018 and hopes to get into graduate school with the intention of becoming a therapist. She is particularly interested in child development but loves to learn and see how child development has a role in adult development and aging. During her free time, Odalys enjoys playing with her dogs, going on bike rides, reading, and hanging out with friends.


Cassie Hatt

Cassie Hatt

Cassie is in the third-year of her Ph.D. in the Applied Developmental Sciences program at CSU. She received a BA in Human Biology from the University of Kansas and an MS from the University of Texas at Dallas in Psychological Sciences. Her research focusses on understanding daily lifestyle activities that better support healthy cognitive aging. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family.


Marissa Stinson

Marissa Stinson

Marissa is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in clinical and counseling psychology. She will graduate May 2019. She interested in studying child psychology and development psychology. She wants to help children who have experienced trauma and understand the effects of trauma on child development. Marissa also dances for a non-profit dance organization and enjoys drawing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Past Research Assistants

Lisa Baker
Alicia Borcic
Qi Chen
Emma Clark
Morgan Dwyer
Rachel Fitch
Sarah Ketchum
Jordan Kudrna
Carly Marquis
Nancy Mendoza
Alexandria Yerkes-Klatt

Past Research Assistants

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