Professional Staff


Katy Gardner, B.A.

Katy is a Research Technician for the PEERS2K project and the FRIENDS project in the Social Development Lab. She has received her B.A. in Psychological Science from Colgate University, where she conducted research examining the longitudinal relationship between intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and internalizing symptoms in an undergraduate population over the course of the global pandemic. She is interested in the development of both externalizing and internalizing symptoms across childhood in relation to early childhood adversity. She hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Email: katygard@buffalo.edu


Sarah Lucas, B.S.

Sarah is a Research Technician for the FRIENDS project in the Social Development Lab. She received her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Global Health Studies from Allegheny College. During undergrad, Sarah helped conduct research on first year student sense of belonging and community engagement, as well as the outcomes of service learning in a virtual clinical psychology undergrad course. She also completed a senior thesis that investigated the moderating role attachment plays in the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and anxiety and depression in emerging adulthood. Sarah is broadly interested in how environmental contexts impact child development and the course of psychopathology. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical and/or Developmental Psychology. Email: sjlucas@buffalo.edu


Kristin Tymchak, M.A./A.C.

Kristin is a Research Technician for the FRIENDS project in the Social Development Lab. She holds an M.A./A.C. degree in school psychology from the University at Buffalo, where she was involved in research examining academic writing interventions for elementary-aged students. Kristin also holds a B.A. in psychology from the University at Buffalo, where she completed an independent honors thesis examining the effects of social experience on mouse ultrasonic vocalization production. Prior to joining the lab, Kristin worked as a school psychologist intern in a local elementary school. She is interested in how peer and familial adversity impacts school readiness. She hopes to pursue a career in research. Email: katymcha@buffalo.edu

*No additional paid positions are currently available. Positions are posted on the UB jobs website when available.