People

CORE Team

Dr. Jordan R. Wagge, CREP Executive Director

  • Email: jordan.wagge@avila.edu
  • Twitter: @jorowags
  • Has been with CREP since 2014

Dr. Jordan Wagge is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Avila University in Kansas City, MISSOURI. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Miami University (of OHIO) in 2009, where she did work primarily in visual perception. Her research currently involves replication, research methods pedagogy, and challenging weight-centered health perspectives from a cognitive perspective. She has two dogs, two cats, two children, one spouse, and loves reading and playing Beat Saber for fun.

Dr. Ljiljana Lazarevic, CREP Associate Director

  • Email: ljiljana.lazarevic@f.bg.ac.rs
  • Twitter: @Lili_Lazarevic
  • Started with CREP in 2016

Dr Lili Lazarevic is a senior research associate at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She received her PhD in Psychology of Individual Differences from Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is primarily interested in basic personality traits, their measurement. She is also interested in everyday psychotic-like experiences in general population. She is a fan of (winter) mountaineering, via-ferrata climbing, skiing and speleology.

Dr. Mark Brandt, CREP Founder and CORE Team member, Executive Reviewer

  • Email: brandt15@msu.edu
  • Twitter: @mjbsp
  • Has been with CREP since “The Dawn of Time”

Mark Brandt is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. His research goal is to understand ideological and moral beliefs – such as political ideology, racism, religious fundamentalism, and moral conviction – and how they structure attitudes and behaviors, how they provide people with meaning, and why people adopt them in the first place. He also thinks it’s nice to know when things replicate.

Dr. Michelle Hurst, CREP CORE Team, Executive Reviewer

  • Email: hurst.mich@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @michelleahurst1
  • Started with CREP in 2016

Dr. Michelle Hurst is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Boston College in 2017. Her research focuses on Human Cognitive Development, and how cognitive processing is often context-dependent, especially for quantitative reasoning (e.g., number, proportion) She also enjoys painting and baking.

Dr. Michael Andreychik, CORE Team Member, Executive Reviewer

Dr. Bradford Wiggins, CORE Team Member

Holly France, Research Assistant

  • Email: holly.france@avila.edu
  • Started with CREP in 2022

Holly France is currently in the Masters of Science in Psychology program with a Research Concentration at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently working on her thesis with Dr. Jared Branch and hopes to graduate from Avila in May of 2023. Holly is a part-time employee for the CREP along with a Graduate Assistant in Dr. Jordan Wagge’s Rose Lab. Her research interests are in music cognition, particularly in music’s relation to memory. In her personal life, Holly enjoys spending time with friends and exploring coffee shops.

Executive Reviewers

Dr. Kiersten Baughman, CREP Executive Reviewer

  • Email: kierstenbaughman7@gmail.com
  • Joined CREP in 2017

Dr. Kiersten Baughman is Associate Professor of Psychology at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. She received her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2016, where she explored cultural influences on relationship violence. She continues her work identifying the various stages within romantic relationships where culture of honor affects violent behaviors and attitudes. She and her spouse love their three dogs, and you can find her immersed in a good book while on the treadmill or exercise bike when she’s not teaching.

Dr. Jared Branch, CREP Executive Reviewer

  • Email: jared.branch@avila.edu
  • Started with CREP in 2021

Dr. Jared Branch is a visiting assistant professor of cognitive science at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University (of Ohio) in 2020. His research interests include memory, mental time travel, counterfactual thinking, and pedagogy. His personal interests include bird watching and bread making.

Dr. Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe, CREP Executive Reviewer

  • Email: amelie.gourdon@gmail.com
  • Joined CREP in 2021

Dr Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe (she/they) is a Teaching Fellow in Psychology at King’s College London (UK). She completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology in 2013 at University of Birmingham (UK), investigating judgement and decision making in children and adults. Her current interests include replications, contributing to large-scale collaborations, behaviour change techniques and their perception. She also loves teaching students about reproducible research methods. She spends an unreasonable amount of her free time on the River Thames, training for amateur rowing competitions, and loves roaming London streets on her bike.

Dr. Nikki Legate, Executive Reviewer

  • Email: nlegate@iit.edu
  • Twitter: negate_84
  • Joined CREP in 2014

Dr. Nikki Legate is an Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Rochester in 2014. She studies how to promote resilience in marginalized groups as well as how to motivate prejudice reduction and other behaviors that are resistant to change. She also cares about high quality undergrad research training which is why she loves the CREP!

Dr. Danka Purić, Executive Reviewer

  • Email: dpuric@f.bg.ac.rs
  • Started with CREP in 2017

Danka Purić is an assistant professor at University of Belgrade (Serbia), Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology where she teaches psychometrics and multivariate statistics. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of personality and cognition, with an emphasis on measurement, and she is also a member of the Laboratory of Research of Individual differences. Recently, her focus has been on thinking styles and (ir)rationality. Danka is very devoted to open science practices and has been involved in several big-team science/reproducibility projects so far.

Dr. Iris Žeželj, Executive Director

  • Email: izezelj@f.bg.ac.rs
  • Joined CREP in 2021

Iris Žeželj is an associate professor at the Department of psychology at University of Belgrade.
Her area of interest are processes that contribute different forms of biases, from macro to
micro-level: group biases, biases in memory, beliefs, and self-knowledge. She is especially
concerned in the role of social psychology in bettering the intergroup relations, and, as of
lately, in psychological roots of health practices that can be questionable or downright
dangerous. She has led or co-led several international projects on these topics. In her research,
she combines laboratory experiments, large-scale cross-cultural studies and content analyses.

CREP Assistants

Busra Bahar Balci, CREP Assistant

  • Email: baharbalci2@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @bbaharbalci
  • Joined CREP in 2019

Bahar is a Social Psychology Ph.D. student at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and working as a research assistant at Samsun University Department of Psychology, Samsun, Turkey. Her research areas are close relationships, romantic relationships, and research methods. She is a member of Psychological Science Accelerator and tries to learn open-science practices. She enjoys singing, listening to music, and going for a walk.

  • Email: amelie.gourdon@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @aFrenchparadox
  • Started with CREP in 2020

Mary Cassidy, CREP Assistant

  • Email: mary.cassidy@student.fairfield.edu
  • Joined CREP in 2019

I am a rising senior Psychology student at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Connecticut. I have been involved in the research labs since my sophomore year of college, in which I volunteered in the labs with Dr. Andreychik. Some of my research interests are related to social psychology and behavioral neuroscience. I am originally from Maryland and I love hanging out with my roommates from school for fun!

Sydney Gardner, CREP Assistant

  • Email: gardner497657@avila.edu
  • Started CREP in 2022

Sydney Gardner is a graduate student at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She is pursuing a Masters of Science in Psychology with a Research Concentration. She received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Psychology as well as a minor in Criminal Justice from University of Missouri, Kansas City. She plans to attend a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and hopes to continue research related to Neuropsychology & Forensic Psychology.

Aleksandra Lazic, CREP Assistant

  • Email: aleksandra.lazic@f.bg.ac.rs
  • Twitter: @AleLazic

Aleksandra Lazić is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She earned her B.A. (2015) and M.A. (2016) in Psychology from the same university. Her PhD project explores how people make vaccination decisions in social interactions with others and its implications for public health communication. Her other research interests involve social norms, behavioral economics, and open science. She is an alumna of the Junior Researcher Programme, where she served as a Research Supervisor, and a member of the Laboratory for Research of Individual Differences at the University of Belgrade.

Becka O’Neil, CREP Assistant

  • Email: becka.plitt@gmail.com
  • Started with CREP in 2020

Becka O’Neil is currently a student at Adler University, studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019. She also completed independent research in undergrad, and focused on the effects of social media on anxiety levels. Becka is now focusing on earning her M.A. in Counseling and works for a refugee resettlement program in Southwest Michigan. She has two cats (Nutmeg and Rosemary) and enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, watching Netflix, and playing video games.

Jason Phelps, CREP Assistant

  • Email: phelps489327@gmail.com
  • Started with CREP in 2021

Jason Phelps is a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies from Tabor University. His current research interests are with mental mind travel, pedagogy, and transformational learning. He has a wife, two daughters, and a couple of cats.