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 Director: Matthew Costello, Ph.D.

Dr. Costello joined the faculty of IU South Bend in 2009 and is currently the director of the IU South Bend gerontology program. He earned an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) in 1999, and earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2006. Dr. Costello conducted his post-doctoral research through the Center for Aging at Duke University, where he worked with both behavioral and neuroimaging modalities investigating the effects of aging on cognition and attention. Dr. Costello's work at IU South Bend has continued this research interest, with particular interest in embodied dynamics in aging. Dr. Costello's research has been published in leading gerontology journals, including Psychology and Aging and Experimental Aging Research.


 Research Assistant: Sarah Ratkiewicz   

Sarah is an IU South Bend undergraduate majoring in Psychology. She will graduate in the fall of 2014 with her B.A. degree and plans to continue on to graduate school. She hopes to pursue a career in social psychology, and is particularly interested in social cognition. 


 Research Assistant: Krista Hancock

Krista is an undergraduate psychology major at IUSB with an anthropology minor.  She transferred from Bethel College in Spring 2012 and intends to graduate with her B.A. in 2015.  Krista plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in Marriage and Family counseling.


 Research Assistant: Amber Hilton

Amber graduated from IUSB in May of 2013 with a B.A. in psychology. She is also a graduate of Saint Mary's College, where she earned a B.S. in biology in the spring of 2010. In addition to working at IUSB, she is a research assistant at the Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in developmental psychology.

Lab Alumni:

Research Assistant: Andrea Jones 

Andrea is a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Aging Studies Program at Tulane University. Her research examines the biological foundation for aging. She is designing a series of experiments examining preferred navigation strategies in middle-aged rats and determining the brain-based basis for such strategies.

Research Assistant: Mitch Kajzer 

Mitch is a graduate student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame, working in the eMotion and eCognition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Charles Crowell.

Research Assistant: Nicholas D. Panting

Nicholas graduated from IUSB in 2013 with honors, and is now a graduate student in the Master of Science in Biology program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Nicholas also serves as a Graduate Assistant at the Cadaver Lab at Chatham.

Research Assistant: Ashley Hilliker   

 Ashley is currently the IUSB Assistant Psychology Lab Coordinator, and plans to apply for graduate school.

Research Assistant: Michelle Anastasio

Michelle is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work graduate program at IU South Bend.


 Research Assistant: Austin Blue   

Austin is an IU South Bend senior majoring in both Psychology and Women and Gender Studies.


Lab Collaborators:

John Spencer, Ph.D.

University of Iowa, Associate Professor of Psychology

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Marcia Namenye

Greencroft Communities, Education Director

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Lydia K. Manning, MGS, Ph.D.

Concordia University Chicago, Associate Professor of Gerontology

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Frank Fujita, Ph.D.

Indiana University South Bend, Associate Professor of Psychology

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James Brockmole, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Psychology

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