Meet the Team

Lab Director

Lori M. Hilt, Ph.D.  is an Associate Professor of psychology at Lawrence University.  She studies both typically developing youth and those at risk for psychopathology using parent- and self-report, tests of executive functioning, psychophysiology, eye tracking, and genetics.  Much of her recent research has focused on rumination, which is the tendency to passively dwell on negative thoughts and get stuck in one’s head.  She has found that this maladaptive emotion-regulation strategy puts children at risk for developing high levels of depression and nonsuicidal self-injury.  She and her students are now examining alternate strategies to rumination, such as mindfulness and reappraisal, to see how they help might help youth get out of the ruminative process.

Research Associate

Caroline Swords graduated from Lawrence University in 2019 with majors in psychology and neuroscience. She is the study coordinator for the Adolescent Mobile App RCT. Her research interests include rumination, non-suicidal self-injury, facial electromyography and mindfulness. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school for affective neuroscience or clinical psychology.   


Research Assistants


Sara Prostko is a fifth-year student in the Double Degree program at Lawrence University. She is studying Flute Performance (BM) and Psychology (BA). After graduation, she hopes to go to graduate school for clinical psychology. Her research interests include depression and suicide prevention. In her free time she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and volunteering at the pet shelter.                    


Eliana Whitehouse is a junior at Lawrence University. She is studying Art and Psychology. After graduation, she intends to go to graduate school in psychology. She is currently interested in art therapy and mindfulness. When she is not studying she is the Residence Life Manager for Lawrence University’s Baking and Cooking Club, a CORE Leader, and a DIY craft enthusiast.


Morgan Fisher is a rising Sophomore at Lawrence who has not declared a major yet, but is doing Pre-Medicine. She is a LARY Buddy at Lawrence, a member of the varsity tennis team, and enjoyed volunteering at the National Runaway Safeline a year ago, taking calls from youth in crisis. She is excited to work towards bettering youth mental health in the lab. After graduation, she hopes to go into medical school for pediatric medicine.


El Horner is a junior at Lawrence University, where they are studying Psychology and German. After getting their BA, they plan on getting a PhD in Psychology, and becoming a professor. Their research interests are primarily adolescent psychology and identity development. Outside of their studies, they are a CORE leader, a musician, and an avid baker.



Liesl Hostetter is a senior at Lawrence University, majoring in Psychology and Government. She is interested in how better understanding the cognitive and emotional processes of individuals can be applied to address key social issues. She is also a member of the Lawrence University Women’s Basketball team.


Jialun Yang is a rising senior at Lawrence University, majoring in Psychology. She is an international student from China and is interested in cross-cultural psychology in this background. She is also interested in music therapy, with technical competence on piano.




Lab Alumni

CARE Lab 2018-2019

Back row CARE kids, Prof. Hilt, Violin Wang, Qiushan Liu, Caroline Swords, Courtney Fine; Front row Sara Prostko, Meredith Luo, Jialun Yang

Kieran Laursen graduated from Lawrence in 2019 with a double major in Psychology and History. His research interests are in emotions/emotion regulation, perception, and behavior in specific social settings. He hopes to attend graduate school for social psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games, playing tennis, and snuggling all good dogs.


Renae Tuschner graduated from Lawrence in 2018 with a major in Bassoon Performance (BM) and Psychology (BA) and a minor in neuroscience. She will soon be attending graduate school for neurologic music therapy. Her research interests include neurodevelopmental and mood disorders in children and adolescents as well as non-suicidal self injury.


TrangTrang Le graduated from Lawrence in 2018 with majors in Psychology and Math. She is now pursuing a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology. Her research interests include social and cognitive development in children, eating disorders, and mindfulness techniques. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and solving challenging problems.


CassidyCassidy Salentine graduated from Lawrence in 2018 with a major in Psychology and minors in English and Neuroscience. She is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Chicago. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. She is interested in studying non-suicidal self-injury and dissociative disorders.


CARE Lab 2015-2016

Left side (bottom to top): Alexander Lessenger, Vijayashree Krishnan, Cassidy Salentine, Elizabeth Arco, and Professor Hilt.

Right side (bottom to top): Trang Le, Anna Kim, Ruya Zhang, and Hayley Seaman.


Peter Ehlinger new

Peter P. Ehlinger (LU ’14) is pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon. His primary research interests in include the role body image plays in influencing health behaviors and mental illness, particularly across multiple populations, including sexual minorities and individuals living with HIV and cancer.


Kelsey Fischer

Kelsey Fischer currently lives in Tacoma, Washington and works as a Youth Advocate for the YWCA, where she runs support groups for teens affected by domestic violence and gives presentations on healthy relationships to high school classes.

Stephanie Vahsling

Daniel Larson

Alison Kleppin

Elizabeth Bruun

Ruya Zhang

Vijayashree Krishnan

Kalle Nelson
Kalle Nelson

Alana Myatt

Mary Curtin

Vivian Burnette
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Emily Hamm
Emily Hamm
Andrew Jacobson
Andrew Jacobson
Elyse Daly
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Gina Torcasso
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Lauren Gross

Krista Bohme

Sarah Liu

CARE Lab 2012-2013

Back row: Mary Schultz, Kalle Nelson, Andrew Jacobson, Peter Ehlinger, Vivian Burnette, Emily Hamm, Liz Tracey and Professor Hilt.
Front row: Mary Curtin, Stephanie Vahlsing, Elyse Daly, Gina Torcasso, and Daniel Larson.