Lab Director

bellmore-headshot-1Amy Bellmore

Professor of Educational Psychology

PhD University of Connecticut

MA University of Connecticut

BA University of California-San Diego

Office: 852C Educational Sciences Building

Office Phone: 608-263-3883


My primary research focus is school-based peer relationships during adolescence. My specific research program centers on the impact of social risk factors, such as peer rejection and peer-victimization, on psychosocial and academic adjustment. My theoretical approach to this topic is informed by person-in-context social developmental models which emphasize the connection between developing adolescents and their social contexts. A key component of this theoretical perspective, which is evident in my research, is the recognition that the social context contains several influential levels. I have attended to different features of school and classroom contexts, and I have attended to more proximal levels of the social context such as students’ friendship groups and episode characteristics (i.e., features of specific real-life interactions). The practical significance of attending to multiple levels is that it offers numerous points of possible intervention to improve the lives of adolescents. Understanding where and how to intervene is one of the ultimate goals of my research.

Graduate Students

Angela Calvin

Graduate Student of Educational Psychology

MS Illinois State University
BA Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Office: 863L Educational Sciences Building


Angela “Angie” Calvin is a doctoral student in Human Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests focus on the risks and opportunities of digital technology and social media use on the social development of adolescents.

Chelsea Olson

Graduate Student of Educational Psychology

MS University of Wisconsin – Madison

BA University of Wisconsin-Madison

Office: 863G Educational Sciences Building


Chelsea Olson is a PhD student in the Human Development area of the Educational Psychology Department. Her research interests include adolescent peer relationships, social media use, online aggression and victimization, and associated mental health outcomes.

Tingting (Ting) Fan

Graduate Student of Education

MS Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania

BA Psychology, Beloit College

Office: 863G Educational Sciences Building


Ting is a graduate student interested in how the ecological environment has shaped adolescents throughout their development from both the micro and the macro level, specifically, with considerations on the complexity of in-school children’s social relationships, mass media, and cultural differences.

Priscilla Tovar Perez

BA, Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX


Priscilla Tovar-Perez is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology Department, Human Development area. Priscilla is interested on the impact of environmental risk factors on psychosocial and academic adjustment, specifically in LatinX students. Apart from interest, she intends to research these topics with the hope that one day her work will be applied to educational practices and policies.

Current Undergraduate Members

Taylor Wilkowski

Psychology, Certificate: Education and Educational Services

“I hope to one day be a school psychologist and spend the rest of my career within the school system.”






  Grace Boettinger

Grace is a sophomore at UW-Madison and so excited to be working on the PRESM Lab! She is a Psychology major and is pursuing a certificate in Education and Educational Sciences. She plans on being a school psychologist. The craziest thing Grace has ever done is gone skydiving! She highly recommends it. Grace is looking forward to working with the researchers on such an interesting project.



Marla Ruzicka

Marla is studying neurobiology and hoping to receive a certificate in athletic training. She hopes to one day conduct research on the brain due to athletic injuries.She hopes this lab will only be the beginning of my research about the developing brain.

Graduate Student Alumni

Amy Bintliff (PhD 2019)

Felice Resnik (PhD 2019)

Yorel Lashley (PhD 2018)

Hsun-chih Huang (PhD 2017)

Rachael Hansen (PhD 2015)

Wei-Ting Chen (PhD 2015)

Ting-Lan Ma (PhD 2014)

Ji-In You (PhD 2013)

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Elizabeth Johnson

Mira Grinsfelder

Nikki Li

Kimberly Vue

Morgan Brummer

Victoria Aho

Colleen Hogan

Katelyn Matkin

Karissa Holzbauer

Chelsea Olson

Julia Honoroff

Carmen DeLaCruz

Hillary Breidel

Leah Emmrich

Lucas Moore

Marika Sam

Michael Woodward

Megan Clark

Natalie Goldman

Holy Gill-Kneebone

Anna Paulson

Eun Young Sung

Katherine Winter

Jessica Gimbel

Bekah Blocker

Emily Rischall

Jennifer Feng

Liliana Palencia

Maria Hughes

Maya Dorsey

Terrance Sims

Noah Gill