Lab of SAGES Team

My name is Tiffany Seeley, I am a recent graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioral Healthcare. My interests and career goals are based around helping people across the lifespan participate in daily tasks through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. I hope to further these goals into a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In addition to fulfilling research objectives at UWF, I will be taking on an internship in Sydney, Australia next year for other related research experience.

My name is Heather Bryson, and I am a second year graduate student in Counseling Psychology. I have undergraduate degrees in music and psychology, and spent six years teaching at Catholic High School before returning to academics. Currently, I am the Center On Aging's graduate research assistant working on an Administration on Aging grant to develop an elder abuse prevention and intervention plan with the Poarch Creek Band of Indians. 

I am currently working on a project based on previous research of how social roles affect stereotypes and how children unconsciously absorb and retain these stereotypes into adulthood. This purpose of this study is to determine if these stereotypes exists and if people are aware of these existing prejudices. 

My name is Kimberly Chafin and I am a second-year graduate student in the applied experimental psychology track here at UWF. Aside from being a graduate student I am also employed as a psychometrist at a clinic here in Pensacola. I am currently conducting research on hemispheric differences in time perception and the role that age and emotion have in this process. After I graduate I plan to continue my education and pursue a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology. In my downtime I enjoy riding my horse.

Kathleen (Katy) Welker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Psychology and Business Administration at Southeast Missouri State University. In her spare time, Katy enjoys reading historical fiction novels, cooking, and watching HGTV. In the future, Katy hopes to obtain a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and teach psychology at the university level. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, attention, memory, and language.

My name is Mandy Johnson and I am a senior psychology undergraduate at UWF. I am happy to be gaining my first research experience in the field of gerontology. I am currently considering my options for graduate school, as research has opened my eyes to various fields. My main interest is in clinical neuropsychology. I am currently working on an independent study that looks at the effects of music on cognition, and if all goes well I hope to replicate this study with older adults.

"Once we realize that we are each just parts of the whole, and that to love another is actually to love oneself, happiness and life-satisfaction come naturally. I think of myself as philosophical, critical, understanding, peace-oriented, and open to new experiences. Having earned my bachelor's degree in psychology, I am now taking the prerequisite courses for medical school. My goal is to become a psychiatrist, so that I may help people to realize that our lives are what we make of them, and that change can only come from within."

                                                            -Michael Babcock

Emeritus Lab Members

My name is Surgey Figueroa, I am currently a first year student in the graduate program in Counseling psychology at UWF.  I did my bachelor degree in General psychology with a minor in Biology in the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey.  After graduating I spend few years working with animals, studying their behavior and I did an internship in education and conservation in Topeka Zoo and Sunset Zoo in Kansas. My research interests are in Woman Health,   Cross-cultural Psychology and how to implement psychotherapy and animal assisted therapy to provide companionship and comfort to elderly and mental health patients.  I am also interested in neuropsychology, especially in the biological and psychological aspects of Alzheimer.  

My name is Natalie Bain, and I am a first year graduate student in the Counseling Psychology track here at UWF. I am a graduate assistant for the Wellness Center and for the Suicide Outreach and Support program. I got my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Akron in Ohio. I am looking forward to exploring my interest in aging.