Principal Investigator

Amanda Burkholder, PhD


Amanda is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Furman University. Her research focuses broadly on children’s and adolescents’ conceptions of social inequalities, how prejudice infiltrates peer settings, and the development of moral reasoning. She received her PhD in Human Development with a specialization in Developmental Science and a Certificate in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Maryland. During her doctoral studies, she was mentored by Dr. Melanie Killen in the Social and Moral Development Laboratory and funded through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Furman, Amanda was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland.

Undergraduate Researchers

Rose Beacham

Rose is a senior at Furman University, from Columbia, South Carolina, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Africana Studies. She joined the Furman Development Lab in June of 2023. Rose’s research interests include prejudice and discrimination, risk factors for child psychopathology, and social development. After graduating from Furman, Rose plans to pursue a master’s degree in school psychology.

Margaret Belenky 

Margaret is a junior studying Psychology at Furman University from Atlanta, Georgia. She joined the lab in January of 2023. Margaret's research interests include atypical development, autism spectrum disorder, and early prosocial development. After Furman, Margaret hopes to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology. 

Emme Edwards 

Emme is a senior studying Psychology and Anthropology at Furman University from Griffin, Georgia. She joined the Furman Development Lab in June of 2023. Emme’s research interests include motivation in the workplace, morality, and counseling psychology. After Furman, Emme plans to pursue graduate studies in psychology.

Sky'Asia Wright

Sky is a junior studying Psychology at Furman University from Greenwood, South Carolina. She joined the development lab in June of 2023. Sky's research interest include language disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. After Furman, Sky plans to pursue a master's program in Speech Language Pathology (SLP).

Kayla Neubert 

Kayla is a junior studying Psychology and English at Furman University from Howell, New Jersey. She joined the Furman Development Lab in January of 2024. Kayla’s research interests include child psychopathology, obsessive compulsive disorder, identity formation, and parent-child relationships. After graduating from Furman, Kayla plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.