Heidi Alvarado

Heidi​ ​Alvarado​ ​is​ ​a​ ​third-year​ ​student​ ​at​ ​California​ ​State​ ​University​ ​Long Beach​ majoring​ ​in​ creative writing​ ​and​ ​minoring​ ​in​ ​computer science.​ Heidi was a part of the Undergraduate​ ​Research​ ​Opportunity Program​ ​(UROP) last year; when she joined the​ ​Child​ ​Language​ ​Interactions​ ​and​ ​Memory​ ​Lab​ ​(CLIaM) with​ ​Dr. ​Kimberly​ ​Kelly. Now, Heidi is no longer a part of UROP and is a volunteering research assistant; she is also becoming lab coordinator in the spring. ​ Through this lab, she has gained training in qualitative analysis and learned about different software such as NVivo; transcribing and coding numerous transcripts. She has learned to clean, and organize transcripts. Heidi conducted a research study with colleagues, which looked at mother-child co-narrations and emotion words between those with siblings and those without. Heidi’s study is entitled, “The Impact of Siblings on Socio-emotional Understanding in Child Narratives.” Heidi has learned a specific coding scheme (Pinto et al. 2017) for her study and transferred that into NVivo. During the summer Heidi contributed to the pilot data, which examines the use of smartphones in a science learning environment observing the language and interactions between a parent and child. This year she is contributing to this project by transcribing audio data that were collected over the summer. Now in the present, she is looking to attend a conference in Toronto, Canada or Washington. Her goal is to present her conducted study of last year into the western psychological association (WPA) in Pasadena. Heidi is​ a part of this lab because she desires to undertake different​ ​experiences​ ​and ​help​ ​open up​ ​the​ ​pool​ ​of​ ​diversity​ ​within​ ​her​ ​own​ ​views. ​Other​ ​than research,​ ​she​ ​also​ ​writes​ ​poetry​ ​in​ ​her​ ​spare​ ​time.