Current EDGE-U Members

WIN_20150730_205558Joshua Kurtis Brown
Jan. 2015-Current Member
Lab Manager: Aug. 2015-May 2016
Major Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interest
Aesthetics, Identity, Art, Clothing, Creativity

Project Lead
Evaluating Fashion Fluency

I am fascinated by how the human mind perceives beauty. I am particularly interested in why it is that human beings decorate themselves with clothing. I want to explore how humans use clothing to communicate with one another.


img_6863copyBrynna Ellison
May 2015-Current Member
Major: Behavioral Science
            Emphasis is Psychology

Research Interest
Creative writing and stress management, ADHD and marriage, body image, abnormal psychology

Project Lead
The Effects of Creative Writing on Perceived Stress Levels, and Reflective Writing Blog Project

 Brynna is a senior, and will be graduating December, 2016. She is passionate about running, creative writing, and hearing people’s stories. She is planning on attending graduate school to become a marriage and family therapist.


screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-06-06-pmMadison Hanks
Aug. 2015-Current Member
Major: Behavioral Science
            Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interest
Marginalize populations, minority research, relations between the African American population and police, and inclusive pedagogy.

Project Lead:
SRI and Personality Project

Maddie currently serves as President of the Black Student Union and has been working with faculty on developing an African American Initiative. She has developed a mentorship program at UVU for faculty and African American students that will commence Fall 2016. She is passionate about her community and strives to enhance the racial climate on campus. Maddie is a competitive undergraduate researcher and has presented her research at twelve academic conferences both locally and nationally and is currently working on a publication, regarding the improvement of pedagogy in the classroom. Maddie has completed the LEAD program at UVU and serves as the Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa for International Relations. She is a Psychology major and will graduate with her B.S. in Spring of 2017. Maddie aspires to earn a PhD in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology and is passionate about helping those within the marginalized and minority population by conducting research for the betterment of this demographic.


Chase J Jenson_compressedChase J. Jenson
April 2014-Current Member
Lab Manager: April 2014-Aug. 2015
Major: Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology
Minor: Biology

Research Interest
Genetic, Developmental, Molecular, Computational, and Cognitive Neuroscience

Project Lead
Effect of Undergraduate Breakout Session Leader, Perspectival Line Project, and Neuroscience Outreach

Chase J. have been going to Utah Valley University since 2011. While at Utah Valley University Chase has held a variety of positions from Presidential Leadership Participant in the Center for the Advancement of Leadership, Multicultural Assistant Chairman, Prospective Student Services Student Ambassador and Teacher’s Assistant to Dr. Hill and Dr. McGunigall-Smith, and Lab Manager for Hill Pedagogy Lab. He is currently working on various research projects while being an instructional assistant for Psychology 1010 course. It is his desire to get a PhD. in neurobiological related field and to continue to make new discoveries in research.


IMG_1836Vicky Liao
Fall 2015-Current Member
Major: B.S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology
Major: Piano Performance

Research Interests
Relation between Music and the Human Brain

Project Lead
Music and the Elderly

Hi! My name is Vicky Liao. I like studying, coffee and tea, swimming, Taekwondo, cheesecake and sushi. My ultimate goal is to be the best scholar in the world about the relation between music and human brain.


IMG_1041Jake Peterson
September 2015- Current Member
Major: Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interests
Counseling Psychology, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Music Therapy

Project Lead
Music and Elderly, ADHD and Autism, and Clicker Meta-Analysis

I am currently a junior in the Behavioral science department with an emphasis in psychology at Utah Valley University. As a new RA I am excited to build my understanding of what it means to conduct research in the field of Psychology. After graduating from UVU I plan on pursuing my masters’ degree in School Counseling, after which I hope to obtain my PH.D. in Counseling Psychology.    


keiferKeifer Weiland
Aug. 2015-Current Member
2013-2014
Major: Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology.
Minors: Chemistry and Biology

Research Interests
Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Learning and Memory

Project Lead 
Is the pen mightier than the keyboard: Assessing whether distinct types of note-taking influence retention.


I am a pre-med psychology major with minors in both chemistry and biology. I have thoroughly loved all of my time at Utah Valley University, and have grown immensely through my research, teaching, and learning.