Stephanie Pantoja

Stephanie Pantoja is a first-generation, fourth-year college student majoring in Human Development and Psychology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Stephanie applied to be a research assistant at the Child Language Interactions and Memory (CLIaM) research lab with Dr. Kimberly Kelly, an opportunity presented to her through her internship course. CLIaM lab interests Stephanie because of the opportunity to apply and expand her research knowledge in a real-world setting. She will be working on improving her skills in data entry, coding, and developing research questions. She plans to use her time in the lab to practice effective communication and leadership skills. Stephanie will be using her experience in the CLIaM lab to help decide her graduate future. She is fascinated with learning how environmental factors influence a person’s development, and what can be done to better their well-being. Stephanie hopes to work with schools and non-profits contribute to adolescent wellness. Ultimately, she wants to help youth benefit, have access to, and advocate for the resources they need. CLIaM lab helps her achieve this through its own investigation of quality of informal learning environments. Stephanie is eager to utilize her knowledge of research methods to approach and solve problems in the lab. In her free time, Stephanie loves trying out new recipes and spending time at the beach with friends.