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Department of Psychology

Metacognition Lab



Dr. Qin Zhao
Lab Director
I was born in Nanfeng, a beautiful small town in Jiangxi Province in Southern China. With one older sister, I grew up in a family who shares the passion for rice wine and spicy food. After graduating from high school, I left my hometown for North China Electric Power University (NCEPU). There I met Tao Chen who later became my husband. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in English, I came to the United States of America for further education. I studied Educational Psychology at the University of Florida. There I received M. A. and Ph. D. in Educational Psychology. In the Fall of 2008, I started my current position as a tenure-track faculty in the Department of Psychology at WKU. I also became a mother in March 2009. Leah Chen is the love of our family.
Eric Raap
Graduate Research Assistant
I was born and raised in a small town (Ludington, MI) on beautiful Lake Michigan. I attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan and that’s when I became fascinated with psychology. I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy long distance running, reading, sports, traveling and wine. Currently, I am working on my thesis examining the effects of perceived distance on test anxiety and judgment.

Xingya Xu
Graduate Research Assistant
I come from Xi'an, a historical and cultural city in Shaanxi Province in China. I graduated from Xi'an Physical Education University with a Bachelor of Art in Applied Psychology in 2009. After working for 2 years in a pharmaceutical company, I decided to come back to school for further studies in psychology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in cognitive, social, and transpersonal psychology. Some specific topics of interest include metacognition, self-regulation, and self-efficacy. I am also interested in doing research on NGO. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling. Since 2011, I have become a vegetarian and I love this green life.

Will Corley
Graduate Research Assistant-1st Year
I was originally born in LaGrange, Georgia and later moved to Metro Atlanta when I was in high school. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Berry College in Rome, Georgia (Class of 2013). In my free time I enjoy CrossFit, reading, traveling, hiking, and swimming. I am currently exploring different areas for my thesis research with particular interests in students with intellectual disabilities, attention, and eye-witness testimony. I hope to pursue a PhD in Psychology after completing my MA here at WKU.


Lab Alumni
Allison Steen
Brian Lee
Brittney Moosmann
Kaleigh Vance


WKU Alumni Who Were on the Research Team

Kaleigh Vance (Shields) is now a Masters Student in Social Work at the University of Denver.

Brittney Moosmann Green is now a Masters Student in Clinical Psychology at WKU.

Brian Lee obtained his Master degree in Clinical Psychology from WKU and is now working at WKU as Counseling & Testing Center Staff.

Susan Zhou is now a Masters student in Health Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University

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