CC&L Lab Director: Ashley Votruba, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Votruba joined the UNL psychology faculty as part of the Law-Psychology Program in Fall 2017. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2017. Dr. Votruba also served as a Judicial Clerk for Justice Robert M. Brutinel on the Arizona Supreme Court from 2015-2016.

Faculty Page: Dr. Ashley Votruba



Graduate Students



Logen Bartz graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2018 with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. As an undergraduate, she worked in a social psychology lab studying the relationship between race and gender, stereotypes as they relate to "permission to speak" in professional settings. She completed her honors thesis on perception of women's speaking time in professional settings. She is now a JD/PhD student in the Law-Psychology program. Her research interests include restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution processes. In her free time, Logen enjoys cooking, podcasts, caring for the plants slowly taking over her apartment, and looking at adoptable dogs online.



Abigail Herzfeld graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2017 with a B.A. in psychology and minors in philosophy and anthropology. Before coming to UNL, Abigail served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at D.C. Hunger Solutions. She is primarily interested in studying the influence of cultural psychology on conflict resolution. Her particular research emphasis is on socioeconomic status and urban-rural differences. In her free time, she enjoys watching tv, hanging out with friends, and online shopping.



Casey Tisdale graduated from Ohio University in December 2017 with a dual-BA in Psychology and Sociology-Criminology, a minor in French, and a certificate in Law, Justice & Culture. Before coming to UNL, she worked full-time at Athens County Municipal Court in a Diversion Program. Her research investigates how empathy and attributions affect various legal decision-making processes in criminal cases. In her free time, she enjoys baking, walking her dog, and tv-themed trivia.



Research Assistants

Sydney Aistrope is a second-year undergrad majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology and Sociology. She is tentatively on track to attend graduate school for either social work or psychology. She is interested in the influences that affect people's perspectives and interactions, with a special interest in cultural differences and evolutionary forces. Sydney is from Kearney NE and enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and watching cooking videos even though she cannot cook.



Mona Javidi is an senior undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in biochemistry. She is on the pre-medicine track and hopes to attend medical school to pursue a doctoral degree in psychiatry. She is also interested in the role of social psychology within the law. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, playing the violin and piano, and reading!



Zach Kneale is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science and Philosophy. He is also on the pre-law track and plans to attend UNL College of Law after graduation. Due to this background, he is interested in the intersection between psychology and the law. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and playing video games.



Jared Noetzel is a Senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Music, Chemistry, and Humanities in Medicine. After graduation, Jared plans on teaching English abroad for a year and then applying to PhD programs in clinical or pediatric psychology. Jared is particularly interested in cross-cultural differences and how they can cause differences in mental health perception, manifestation, and treatment. In his free time, Jared enjoys playing the piano, traveling, spending time with friends, and finding new places to eat. 



Rachel Sisley is a Senior undergraduate student on the pre-health track with a psychology major and an English minor, who also really enjoys science! She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska but likes to travel to Colorado. Rachel hopes to attend UNMC back home in Omaha and gain a doctoral degree in psychiatry. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her roommates, hiking, camping, watching movies, and reading books! 



Haley Storovich is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Her plans after graduation will include an interest in a Social-Cognitive Psychology graduate program but are still undecided. In her free time she enjoys running, eating a crazy amount of Mac n cheese, and hanging out with friends.





Lab Alumni



Kiley Gilbert
Ian Goheen
Melissa Hall
Emily Hess
Reed Tiwald