Dr. Stephen Petrill
Principal Investigator

Stephen Petrill received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, his Ph.D. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1995, and completed postdoctoral studies at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre in London (UK) in 1997. Prior to arriving at Ohio State in 2006, Dr. Petrill held faculty appointments at Wesleyan University (1997-2001) and the Pennsylvania State University (2001-2006). He is associate editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, serves on the review boards of several journals, is the past chair of the Behavioral Genetic and Epidemiology Study Section at NIH, and is currently a member of the Basic Processes Review Panel at the Institute for Education Sciences.


Laura Mason, M.A.

Laura Mason is a fifth-year graduate student at The Ohio State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development, and Spanish from the University of Arizona, and completed her master’s degree at Ohio State in Developmental Psychology, with an interdisciplinary specialization in Disability Studies. Prior to graduate school, she held positions in clinical practice, working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, as well as a Developmental Specialist/Bilingual Service Coordinator at the Easterseals Blake Foundation. Presently, she assists as an editor for the Graduate Student Teaching Association blog within the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and serves as a standing member of the Graduate Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee within the OSU Psychology Department.


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