Our Team

Lead Researcher


Lee Raby, Ph.D.

Lee Raby is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. He conducts research on the long-term significance of early experiences with parents for children’s emotional, cognitive, and biological development. He has a special interest in using this knowledge to help promote healthy outcomes for adoptive children and families. He has published over 25 scientific articles on this topics. For his research, he was designated as a 2018 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science and received the 2018 Early Career Outstanding Paper Award from the Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Raby is the Principal Investigator of the Utah Adoption Survey and director of the Early Experiences Lab. Click here to learn more about Dr Raby.


Lab Manager


Avery Wagner

Avery is working as the Lab Manager for the Early Experiences Lab. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Avery came to Salt Lake City to study modern dance. She is currently a junior majoring in kinesiology and minoring in modern dance at The University of Utah. Avery hopes to go to physical therapy school after she finishes her undergraduate degree. She loves working with and helping people, and is excited to pursue a career where helping people is the main focus. Avery has been a part of the Early Experiences Lab since May of 2019, and loves working with the participants we meet in the lab.


Project Manager


Rose Mclaughlin

Rose is the Adoption Survey Project Manager for the Early Experiences Lab. She is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Asian Studies, with a minor in Chinese. As an adoptee herself, she has always been interested in how pre-adoption experiences affect an adopted child’s mental and behavioral development. For the future, Rose is considering a career in the field of international adoption but is still unsure what aspect she wants to focus on, but she is planning to attend graduate school for developmental psychology. She has been with the Early Experiences Lab since June 2020 and is excited to take on a leadership role in the lab.