Michael A. Nees, Ph.D.

Professor Nees joined the faculty of Lafayette College in the Department of Psychology in Fall, 2011. He was awarded a Ph.D. in psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009.  Before coming to Lafayette, Dr. Nees taught at Spelman College and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech.  He received a B.A. in psychology and English literature from DePauw University.

His research interests include auditory perception, auditory imagery and working memory, human factors issues with auditory and multimodal displays, automation, in-vehicle technologies, assistive technologies, accessible and universal design, and accommodations for standardized testing.

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Research Assistants and Thesis Students (2019-20)

NITHYA SHARMA ‘20 (Advanced Research)

KARLI HERWIG '20 (Research Assistant)

Laboratory Alumni

LINDSEY QUIGLEY '20 (Advanced Research)


MARY CORS '19 (Honors Thesis)

Mary is pursuing graduate study in education.

JAKE LEVY '19 (Independent Study)

Jake is a teacher’s aide.

JIEWEI ZHANG '19 (Advanced Research)

Jiewei is pursuing graduate study in industrial/organizational psychology.

PERI LEONG '18 (EXCEL Scholar)

Peri is an HR Global Talent Assistant at The Estee Lauder Companies.


Joanna is a Research Assistant/Study Coordinator at the Yale University Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit.

ANNA PORTER '16 (Independent Study)

Anna earned an MA in psychology at Brandeis University and is now a Care Transitions Coach.


Ellen is pursuing an MS in Communications Sciences and Disorders at Columbia University.

ANDREW ROSEN '16 (Independent Study)

Andrew is a Strategy & Operations Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

JEFF WHEELER '16 (Independent Study, EXCEL Scholar)

Jeff is a Program Assistant at the National Democratic Institute.

BENJI HELBEIN '16 (Research Assistant)

CHELSEA CUTINO '15 (Honors Thesis, EXCEL Scholar)

Chelsea earned an MA in Emerging Media Studies from Boston University in 2016 and is an analyst at America's Test Kitchen.


Charlotte earned a Master's in Childhood Education and Special Education and is a Grade Team Leader and Lead Teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools.


Lauren is pursuing an MS in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Episcopal Academy.

KATHRYN BEST '14 (Honors Thesis)

Kathryn is the Assistant Director of a nonprofit organization.

ANJALI FORTNA '14 (Independent Study)

Anjali is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Columbia University.

KENNY MORSE '14 (Independent Study)

Kenny is pursuing an Au.D/Ph.D. in the audiology program at Syracuse University.

RIN METCALF '12 (Honors Thesis)