Recent Undergraduate Alumni

Gina Erato, 2016

My name is Gina Erato and I graduated from UWM in May 2016. I double majored in Psychology and Italian Studies, and also a certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Studies. I was a member of the Child Stress and Coping Lab from fall 2013 – spring 2016. I was fortunate enough to have worked closely with several graduate and undergraduate students on a variety of projects and manuscripts. My experience in the lab led me to confidently complete my senior thesis, as well as present several posters all over the country.

Two weeks before graduation Dr. Davies referred me to research position in the GI clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I am currently a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator and am utilizing all of my undergraduate research skills daily. I would not be where I am today if it were not for Dr. Davies and the amazingly supportive graduate students of the Child Stress and Coping Lab!!

As I collect even more research experience in the GI Clinic I hope to apply to Clinical Psychology doctoral programs and focus the majority of my career on research.


Karley Wentz, 2016

Hi! My name is Karley and I recently graduated from UWM with a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Childhood and Adolescent Studies. As an undergraduate, I worked alongside many other graduate and undergraduate students in the Child Stress and Coping Lab for two years. During my time as an R.A., I was able to gain exceptional research experience by learning how to code, write and evaluate research papers, collect and analyze data, and prepare posters for presenting research – all of which ultimately led me to my current position at Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pain Clinic!

Currently, our team at CHW is looking at the use of PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) pumps for controlling post-op pain in kids, and how the way they present affects anxiety and pain levels for patients after surgery. We hope to understand more about kid’s preferences for the way these PCA pumps are set up, so we can continue to improve post-op pain and anxiety in our patients.

The greatest part about my position is being able to directly interact with families and witness real-life differences in care as a result of conducting research studies. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Dr. Davies and all of the other members of the lab – I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without their help and support!



Brandon Guendel, 2015


Rachel Johnson, 2015



Kelsey Tonne, 2015



Michelle Elert, 2015


Chad Nashban, 2014




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