Dr. Stacey Hardin
Tyler Chin-Lenn is currently an undergraduate student in Criminology at Florida State University. Tyler is currently participating in Florida State University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program focusing on the mathematical studies in General Curriculum Access Lab. Prior to this, Tyler attended The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach Florida, where he graduated with distinctions in Vocal Music and Pre-Law Studies. Following his undergraduate studies, Tyler hopes to complete his master’s in criminology at FSU and attend a preeminent law school in the United States.
Kimeisha Cummings is currently a graduate student in the Autism Spectrum Disorders program at Florida State University. She is originally from Miami, FL and relocated to Tallahassee, FL., where she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida A&M Univeristy. Currently, Kimeisha works full time as a Director of Operations at an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She previously served as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), creating individualized plans and analyzing data for people with extensive support needs. Kimeisha’s research interests include developing strategies to support collaborative relationships between communities and schools of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and varying disabilities. In her free time, Kimeisha likes to “Netflix & Chill” with her husband and daughter.
Skylar Ruffner is currently an undergraduate student in Cell and Molecular Neuroscience at Florida State University. Skylar is currently participating in Florida State University's Undergraduate Research Program focusing on teaching math vocabulary in the context of a shared reading routing to preschool children at risk for language delays under Taryn Wade. Additionally, Skylar is a member of the Florida State University Honors Program, as well as a platform diver fo the FSU Women's Swimming and Diving Team. Prior to this, Skylar attended San Clemente High School in San Clemente, California where she graduated as a Valedictorian and California Scholarship Foundation Gold Seal Bearer. Following her undergraduate studies, Skylar hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Neurobiology in the context of Human and Family Sciences, as well as pursue research within her field at a preeminent graduate university.
Bianca is a student at Florida State University majoring in Biology with minors in Psychology and Child Development. She became a lab member through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and is assisting doctoral student Deidre Gilley with her research regarding mathematical problem solving for students with extensive support needs. Bianca plans to become a Speech Pathologist with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. She also hopes to conduct research related to improving communication techniques for those with language disorders.
Lily is currently a student at Florida State University majoring in Psychology. She became involved with the GCA Lab this year via the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and is working with doctoral student Deidre Gilley on her project dealing with peer-mediated intervention targeting mathematics for students with disabilities. Lily enjoys working with children in all capacities and devotes her time to pursuing this interest, volunteering with local organizations and becoming involved with related academic study through programs like UROP.
Amanda is a student at Florida State University and is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She is involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program this year, and is working with doctoral student Deidre Gilley on her research project regarding peer-meditated mathematical problem solving for students with disabilities. Amanda loves working with children and hopes to one day work in the field of education. Her goal is to work with Elementary or Special Needs students and to conduct research in this area.
Emily is a student at Florida State University majoring in Communication Science and Disorders. She is a participant in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Emily plans on attending graduate school and obtaining a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology. She hopes to become a college professor and conduct research relating to cognitive communication or Autism, with the goal of creating better outcomes for people with disabilities. She started working with the General Curriculum Access lab in September of 2021, helping doctoral student Deidre Gilley with her research on mathematical problem-solving among students with extensive support needs.
Dr. Nanette Hammons
Kaley was a lab member during her freshman year at Florida State University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. She became involved in the GCA lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and worked with Sarah Cox in her research on improving mathematical practices for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Kaley is passionate about working with children, and in her free time she also enjoys helping teach English to local children from recently immigrated or refugee families.