Tamara is a third-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program working with Dr. Tracy Riggins. In Spring of 2018, she graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Kinesiology. As an undergraduate, Tamara worked as a Research Assistant/Intern in Dr. Christorper Connolly's Exercise Physiology & Performance Laboratory and in Dr. Maria Gartstein's Infant Temperament Laboratory. Tamara's current research interests include health and lifestyle factors that impact the early development of episodic memory and the brain. Specifically, she is interested in sleep, stress, media use, and physical activity. Last fall, Tamara completed her Master's degree. Her thesis was titled, "Is Nap Status Related to Memory, Sleep Physiology, and the Hippocampus in Early Childhood?" 

Areas of Interest

  • Memory
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Sleep
  • Health and Wellness
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  • BS
    Psychology (Washington State University, Pullman, WA)
  • BS
    Kinesiology (Washington State University, Pullman, WA)
  • MS
    Psychology (University of Maryland, College Park, MD)
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tallard [at] umd.edu