Salima Clark is a junior Psychology major at Spelman College who began working at Spelman in Dr. Nayena Blankson’s Cognitive and Temperament Lab in May of 2015. During her time in the lab, Salima has worked on the School Readiness Project which focuses on investigating the cognitive ability of a socioeconomically diverse sample of African-American pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children. The project also focuses on examine how classroom quality can influence cognition and academic achievement in young children. Previously, Salima has conducted research through Yale’s SURF program under Dr. Yarrow Dunham in his Social Cognitive Development Lab. The lab focuses on gaining a better understanding of how 3-to-6-year old children think about and understand their social worlds and interacts with others. Salima will be presenting her current research at Spelman’s annual Research Day in April of 2017. The summer of 2017 she will be participating in University of Virginia’s SURP in the Curry School of Education. After graduation, Salima plans to pursue her PhD in Education Psychology.