Graduate & Undergraduate Research Interns



Ashley Ansolabehere- Ashley is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her major is Biology, Society and the Environment with a minor in Public Health. She is interested in the impacts that mass incarceration has on maternal and child health. Her research will look at the Correctional Facilities experiences with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. She is elated to work with the group of gifted individuals who are apart of Dr. Shlafer’s team. 




davis-laurel2012Laurel DavisLaurel is currently a post-doctoral fellow. Laurel completed her PhD in Family Social Science, with a minor in Prevention Science, in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Laurel is interested in parent-child relationships and their effects on children’s emotional development. She has worked on several federally-funded, family-based programs that aim to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.


Maggie HallMaggie is working through an undergraduate degree in Biology, Society, and Environment, as well as a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She will be spending time between Dr. Shlafer’s lab and the CURA office for the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. 





Tiffany Hamidjaja- Tiffany is a senior in the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with minors in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies and Family Violence Prevention. Her research interests include: developmental psychology of children affected by incarceration, psychopathology of serious criminal offenders, and psychology of victims of abuse and trauma. She has enjoyed her experience so far with the VIP project and is  excited to work under the guidance of Dr. Shlafer and to be a part of such an incredible team.

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Kathryn Hiolski Kathryn received her Master’s in Public Health in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in psychology with a minor in human physiology. She is currently a predoctoral fellow in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program and her research focuses on the physical health of youth with incarcerated parents. She hopes to use this opportunity to continue working with Dr. Shlafer on projects improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents through community-based interventions.


Lauren Holly- Lauren is a junior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Technical Writing and Communications with a minor in Public Health. She is interested in studying the effects of parental incarceration on children and how these relationships factor into the overall health of the individuals involved. She is very excited to start learning and to be working with Dr. Shlafer and her team! 




Image 4Angela LeveroneAngela is a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Psychology. She is interested in learning more about the criminal justice system through the perspective of incarcerated parents and their families. She has loved being a part of the Trauma Informed Arrest Policy project and is grateful to be a part of the Shlafer team!

S. MullaShazia Mulla– Shazia is a nursing student in the Masters of Nursing program. Her interests include health disparities, neonatal/pediatric intensive care and working with a lower socioeconomic population. She has worked on evaluating the MN Prison Doula Program and currently working on how BSN students are being educated to work with vulnerable populations such as inmates. She is thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the ShlaferLab.




Laura Reimann – Laura is a senior in the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in Child Psychology with a minor in Public Health.  Her research interests include the impacts of parental incarceration on child development and the intersections between homelessness and parental incarceration.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Shlafer and her team!



JenniferBSaundersJennifer B. Saunders- Jennifer is a doctoral student in the Health Services Research, Policy and Administration program in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include maternal and child health policy, and occupational health services research and policy. Jennifer received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Molly HeadshotMolly Senser – Molly is senior studying Psychology with minors in Family Social Sciences and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. She is interested in researching the many complexities that come with parental incarceration, including the child’s overall well-being, psychopathology, visitation opportunities and its effect on the parent-child relationship, trauma, risk factors in life outcomes, et cetera. She hopes to contribute to the important work of making the experience of parental incarceration more age-appropriate and rehabilitative.



Version 2Elizabeth Shaver – Elizabeth is a sophomore in the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in Child Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology in Education and Community Settings. She is interested in understanding the relationship between parental incarceration, the school setting, and educational outcomes for youth with incarcerated parents. Elizabeth is delighted to begin learning and collaborating with Dr. Shlafer and her team.



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Jasmine Smith-Sharp- Jasmine is an undergrad at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, studying child psychology. She enjoys learning about child development, and is excited to study how mass incarceration and parental incarceration is impacting families and their children. Jasmine is looking forward to being a part of the Shlafer Lab and working with such a great team!






   Natisha Alicea                                      Megan Duininck                                      Kasey Orvidas

     Julia Bauer                                           Fatima Fareed                                    Leah Schillmoeller

   Natalie Berreth                                      Danielle Fink                                        Allyssa Scrignoli

     Rachel Bona                                       Claire Hepworth                                           Allie Siu

    Chloe Britzius                                        Lauren Hindt                                            Macy Tran

      Erin Casey                                           Alyssa Jedlicka                                     Amanda Wanous

    Ann Bee Chew                                     Maari Josephson                                     JaLeesa Wright

Courtney Chupurdy                               Cecilia Moulton

    Maria Decker                                         Megan Massie

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