Michelle Ybarra

Michelle Ybarra is a fourth-year student studying Human Development at
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). This is her first year as a
research assistant in Dr. Kimberly Kelly’s Child Language Interactions and
Memory (CLIaM) research lab. After taking Human Development 180 with
Dr. Erylene Piper-Mandy, she got inspired by her professor’s lecture and
wanted to learn more about child development. She is fascinated by this
interdisciplinary field that touches on health, sociology, psychology, and
language. Her interest in CLIaM research began after attending Dr.Kelly’s
Zoom orientation about this internship opportunity. She knows by taking this
internship she will be making a difference in children’s research because
there are a lot of unanswered questions. She wants to expand her
knowledge of statistical analyses and data management skills by working
with software such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS. She anticipates to further
develop her research skills as well as gain a better understanding of
language development and parent-child interactions. After graduation, she
plans to attend graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in Psychology.
Michelle has previous experience in leadership as a team lead working for a
retail company for two years. She was also Varsity Team Captain in Cross
Country during her junior through senior year of high school. These
experiences have given her well-oriented professional knowledge in which
she consistently strives to strengthen and refine professional effectiveness.
Most of Michelle’s free time consists of listening to music on the way to her
local boxing gym. Her main goal is to travel the world and continue to
explore, seek and find meaning in her everyday life by experiencing many
perspectives through her travels.