My research interests broadly aim to explore how the cultural context of children shape the way they view, understand, and explain the world around them. I am specifically interested in how the cultural context shapes children’s causal reasoning about biological illnesses. In the future, I hope to investigate how Mexican children and parents who grow up practicing witchcraft reason about biological illnesses
- Peña, M. C., *Trujillo-Hernandez, G. Lesage, K.A., & Richert, R.A. (2018, May). Cancer versus Cold: Am I old enough to know? Poster presented at UCR Undergraduate Research ymposium, Riverside, CA.
- 2020: Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester
- 2016 - 2017: Honors Student, Honors program, University of California, Riverside Honors
- 2016: Scholarship awarded by the California Community Foundation
2016 - 2020: University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with a Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies
2018 - 2020: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Childhood Cognition Lab, University of California, Riverside (PI: Kirsten Lesage, MA; Lab PI: Rebekah Richert, PhD)