About Us




Kimberly S. Chiew, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Dr. Chiew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a member of DU Psychology’s Affect-Social-Cognitive area and affiliated with the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program.

Dr. Chiew is interested in how motivation and affect — what we want and how we feel — shape the way we allocate attention, control task performance, and learn new information; ultimately, supporting adaptive behavior.

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Kevin Summers
Lab Manager / Research Assistant

Kevin is the lab manager for the MAC Lab and the Social Detection Lab in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. He earned a BA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio majoring in Psychology and Premedical Studies. He plans to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in social psychology. In his spare time, Kevin likes to hike, watch Netflix, CrossFit, and play with his new puppy Nemo!




Lyneé Alves
Graduate Student

Lyneé is a first year graduate student in the ASC area from San Antonio, Texas. After graduating with degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University, Lyneé spent two years as a lab manager in the Saxe Lab at MIT researching early social and cognitive development and Theory of Mind. She is interested in brain mechanisms and individual differences that support emotion regulation and motivated memory, and how these process contribute to well-being. Outside of the lab, Lyneé enjoys eating good food, reading, traveling, and exploring parks and trails around Denver.



Alex Boisvert
Undergraduate Student

Alex is a fourth year undergraduate student from Edina, Minnesota majoring in Psychology and Business Management at the University of Denver. He is particularly interested in how risk and punishment modify behavior, cognition, and motivation. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Management/Behavior. Outside of school, his hobbies include running, fishing, playing soccer and Fortnite.


Madison Eitniear
Undergraduate Student

Madison is a fourth-year undergraduate student with a double major in Psychology and English. Madison’s research interests are broad, but she is becoming increasingly interested in how we understand and utilize preparatory information. Outside of school Madison makes time for friends and enjoys reading a lot.


Avery Gholston
Undergraduate Student

Avery is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Denver from Aurora, Colorado. She is majoring in Molecular Biology with minors in chemistry, math, and psychology, as well as a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in several research topics in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, but has become particularly interested in how environmental cues can affect how memories are encoded in the brain. She hopes to enter either a graduate program or medical school and explore neuroscience further in her future career. In her free time, Avery enjoys spending time with friends and painting.


Bailey Harris
Undergraduate Student

Bailey is a third year undergraduate from Seattle, Washington at the University of Denver majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She hopes to attend graduate school after DU and pursue a PsyD. In her free time she enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.


Natalie Shaffer
Undergraduate Student

Natalie is a sophomore at the University of Denver and is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. After completing her undergrad, she plans to attend grad school and further pursue her interest in cognitive neuroscience. In her free time, Natalie enjoys camping, hiking, drawing, and working out. 


Cory Vandenberg
Undergraduate Student

Cory is a third year undergraduate student from Colorado Springs, Colorado attending The University of Denver where he is majoring in International Studies and Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. Cory plans on earning a Masters and PhD in International Studies to focus on researching cyber security policy around the world and how to best prevent cyber attacks. His hobbies are Skiing, Soccer, Dungeons and Dragons, and Mock Trial.


Could this be you?

We are looking for motivated and reliable undergraduate and graduate students to join the MAC Lab! Interested students should email Dr. Chiew to discuss potential research opportunities.

Lab Alumni:
Brynn Dominice
Addison Thomas