Lisa A. Solinger

Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Campus Box 1125

One Brookings Drive

Saint Louis, MO 63130 



     Ph.D. in Progress, Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition)                                               Expected in 2021

      Washington University in St. Louis–Saint Louis, MO

      Advisor: Ian Dobbins, Ph.D.


      M.A.  Psychology                                                                                                                           December 2010

      University of North Carolina Wilmington–Wilmington, NC

      Thesis Title: The Effects of Divided Attention and Prior Knowledge on the Accuracy of  

      Judgements of Learning

      Advisor: Jeffrey P. Toth, Ph.D.


      B.S.  Psychology                                                                                                                           December 2007

      College of Charleston–Charleston, SC



      University Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis

      Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Trainee 

      UNC Wilmington New Scholar Award Recipient

      Psychology Graduate Student Association Treasurer Psychology Club Vice President

      Student member of Psychology Department Advising Committee 



      Chua, E. & Solinger, L. (2015). Building metamemorial knowledge over time: insights from eye tracking                   about the bases of feeling-of-knowing and confidence judgments. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1206.


      Toth, J., Daniels, K., & Solinger, L. (2011). What you know can hurt you: Effects of age and prior

            knowledge on the accuracy of judgments of learning. Psychology and Aging, 26(4), 919-931.



      Solinger, L. & Chua, E. (2015). Encoding and retrieval contributions to memory errors.

            Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA. Poster presentation.


      Gaynor, A., Solinger, L., & Chua, E. (2014). Prefrontal contributions to metamemory monitoring and

            associative recognition. The City University of New York’s Graduate Center Psychology Day                               Conference, New York, NY. Poster presentation.


      Solinger, L. & Chua, E. (2014). The obligatory effects of memory distortions on eye movements.

            Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. Poster presentation.


      Daniels, K., Toth, J., & Solinger, L. (2009). The effects of prior knowledge and aging on the

            accuracy of judgments of learning. Psychonomics, Boston, MA. Poster presentation.













      Research Assistant, Memory and Metacognition Laboratory                              September 2013-August 2015

      Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

      NIH Grant: “Cognitive and Neural Bases of Memory Confidence and Accuracy”

      Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Chua, Ph.D.

            Research Focus:

• Broadly speaking, we explored the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie both  

   confidence and accuracy in memory.

• Investigated the role of irrelevant binding, as compared to monitoring failure, in false    

   confident recognition memory.

• Used eyetracking to explore how cue fluency and the generation of feeling-of-knowing

   ratings influence later retrospective confidence judgments.

            Skills and Duties:

• Simultaneously managed data collection for multiple projects including recruiting,

  screening, scheduling, consenting, and compensating participants.

  • Assisted in designing experiments and conducted literature reviews as necessary.

  • Analyzed fMRI, eyetracking, tDCS, and behavioral data in Matlab and R.

• Programmed experiments in PsychoPy and independently learned to script more

  complex experiments in Python including writing custom Python modules allowing for  

  communication between an eyetracker, MRI scanner, and the behavioral script.

• Aided in creating a productive lab environment by teaching undergraduate and

  graduate level students how to program experiments and write code for data analyses.


      College Assistant, Emotion and Morality Laboratory                                              September 2013-June 2015

      Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

      Principal Investigator: Hanah Chapman, Ph.D.

            Research Focus:

• Affect and cognition with an emphasis on understanding the role of disgust in memory,

  attention and decision making.

  • Explored possible hypotheses for the differential effect of disgust and fear in free recall.

            Skills and Duties:

• Directed a team of 6 undergraduate research assistants, including coordinating data

  collection and scheduling lab hours.

• Coordinated the physical establishment of the lab by setting up and maintaining a  

   network of computers and serving as the liaison for all bureaucratic purposes.

  • Obtained and maintained IRB approval.

  • Programmed experiments in E-Prime, Qualtrics and Live Code.

• Trained undergraduate and Masters level students in consenting participants,

  programming experiments and analyzing data.

• Produced large stimulus sets by collecting over 700 photos, counterbalancing subsets on

  multiple factors, and coordinating the collection of ratings to normalize the stimuli.


      M.A. Research, The Aging and Cognitive Training Lab                                             May 2009-December 2010

      Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

      Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Toth, Ph.D.

            Research Focus:

• Studied memory, metamemory and attention in the context of dual-process theories of


• Developed cognitive training tools aimed at improving memory and cognitive control in

   older adults and patients with traumatic brain injury.

• Explored the roles of fluency and attention in healthy adults’ ability to predict their own

  memory performance.

  • Sought methods for better defining and measuring cognitive control.

            Skills and Duties:

• Independently programmed experiments in E-Prime, collected data and conducted


• Contributed to a productive lab environment by training undergraduate students in

   programming experiments, collecting data and carrying out data analyses.

• Created stimulus sets for use in various projects including lists of to-be-remembered

  material and stimuli for divided attention protocols.


      Graduate Research Assistant, Cognition and Perception Laboratory                         August 2008-May 2009

      Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

      NIH Grant: “Quantifying Stimulus, Response, and Numerical Biases.”

      Principal Investigator: Dale Cohen, Ph.D.

            Research Focus:

• Explored the role of accurate perception, skilled motor movements and optimal decision

  making in the creation of art.

• Studied the influence of numerical formatting on problem solving and perceived risk


• Analyzed how multidimensional stimuli interact to create perception using mathematical


            Skills and Duties:

• Assisted in designing experiments, facilitated the collection of experimental data, and

  conducted literature reviews as necessary.

• Managed data collection projects by: obtaining and maintaining IRB approval; preparing

  human subject protocols and other study materials; recruiting, scheduling and  

  compensating participants.

  • Directed a team of undergraduate research assistants.

• Maintained the laboratory’s network of computers by updating software,

  troubleshooting issues, backing up data and ordering supplies.

  • Managed the finances of the laboratory.


      Research Assistant & Data Analyst                                                                                      Summer 2005, 2007

      Interactive, Inc., Huntington, NY

• Assisted private research and consulting firm in all aspects of conducting research.

• Collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from both web-based and

   traditional surveys.

• Prepared documents for grant proposals, contract bids and reports.

• Handled and protected confidential and sensitive data with integrity.



Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                           August 2009-May 2010

Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

            Course: Experimental Methods

            Supervisor/Professor: Robert L. Hakan, Ph.D.

• Assisted in teaching sections of 30-40 undergraduate students on topics such as

  experimental methodology, scientific writing, basic statistical analyses and APA  


• Prepared materials for research experiments, led laboratory sections, maintained

  regular office hours, and assisted students in the scientific writing process.

  • Evaluated and graded examinations, research projects and papers.


Senior WINGS Leader                                                                                               August 2007-January 2008

      WINGS for Kids (Providing Social and Emotional Education to Kids), Charleston, SC

• Worked with a team of counselors to plan and implement a learning curriculum

   designed to develop social and emotional intelligence in elementary school children.

• Independently led a group of 12 children through the daily curriculum including

   community service, homework and skill building activities.

• Recorded data based on my work to be used for the program’s research and




     Dr. Ian Dobbins, Professor

     Department of Psychology

     Washington University in St. Louis

     Campus Box 1125

     One Brookings Drive

     Saint Louis, MO 63130

     (314) 935-7345


Dr. Elizabeth Chua, Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 951-6038


Dr. Jeffrey P. Toth, Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

The University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 962-3213


Dr. Hanah Chapman, Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 951-6032


Dr. Matthew Crump, Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 951-6062

Memory and Decision Making Lab

Psychology Building, Room 351

(314) 935-8425





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