College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

Meet Brooke Claussen, ICD's newest student worker

We're fortunate to have three wonderful student workers at ICD. You will usually see them at the front desk in Campbell Hall, where they work to support ICD student services and administration. We have a new face this semester, so we'd like to introduce Brooke Claussen!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Brooke Claussen, and I'm thrilled to begin as the new sophomore student worker! I’m currently pursuing a degree in Developmental Psychology with minors in Integrative Neuroscience and Management, and I plan to graduate in Spring 2026. Some of my favorite campus activities include working on the team of CLA FYE Section Leaders, participating in Greek Life, and attending DPSO events.

Tell us about how you decided to major in Dev Psych?

I initially intended to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, but then a friend told me about the Developmental Psychology program last year. As an out-of-state student from Kansas City, I was really drawn to the tight-knit community among peers, the closeness to passionate and enthusiastic professors, involvement in unique research opportunities, and obviously having the chance to work with kids!

What has been your favorite CPSY class so far?

My favorite classes have been Cognitive Development with Dr. Zelazo and Behavioral and Emotional Problems with Dr. Ip. Both professors did an excellent job highlighting fascinating content and research studies, which made attending class so much fun!

What research lab are you working in?

In terms of my own research experience, I am currently working on the CoPE study within the Gunnar Laboratory for Developmental Psychobiology.

As a student worker, what can students, staff or faculty come to you for help with?

As a student worker, I try to be a consistent source of support for every student and faculty member within the ICD. I am beyond grateful to everyone who has gone out of their way to help me reach this point, and I am excited to repay their generosity within this role!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I hope to be working toward a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology, but I am always open to wherever my passions take me!

Brooke Claussen