Tarja Raag, Associate Professor of Psychology120px-Gay_flag.svg

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College in 1986, and my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Major area of study in Developmental Psychology) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1992. I served as a Post Doctorate Student at the University of Miami, Florida, following which I was a faculty member at Kenyon College from 1993 to 1995. I joined the faculty at Colby College in the fall of 1995 and have been here ever since. My regular teaching load includes the Developmental section of our team-taught Introductory Psychology (PS111) course as well as Lifespan Developmental Psychology (PS259), and Developmental Seminar (PS335), and a research Collaborative seminar and lab on Emerging Adult Identity (PS354/355).

My current research interest is in the area of domestic violence. In this context I’m working in collaboration with Violence No More, Inc. (Brandy Rogers and Marty Burgess). This work entails assessing the progress of people convicted of intimate partner violence. We are observing the ways that Life Stress Transcendence helps in negotiating stressful life contexts. I also value applied work and civic engagement in my teaching and support students’ engagement in the work done by our local Hospice and Family Violence Project nonprofit organizations. I would welcome chances to talk about research and community activism. You may contact me at: [email protected] or (207) 859-5558.

Student Collaborators

Gabrielle Fagan ’20

I’m a Psychology and Government double major from Fairfield, Connecticut. Outside of the lab, I am a tutor for PS111 (Introductory Psychology), a volunteer at the Waterville Humane Society, a Colby Cares About Kids mentor, a Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip leader, and a Colby Admissions Tour Guide! In my free time, you can find me boating, hiking, watching movies, and taking photos!


Lydia Fanning ’20

I am a Psychology and Sociology double major. In addition to working in the lab, I am a tutor at the Writer’s Center, a Colby Cares about Kids mentor, and I lead COOT trips. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, skiing and swimming!


Sonia Tremblay, ’20

I am a Psychology and Biology:Neuroscience double major from Massachusetts. Aside from working in Social Development lab, I also work in the Emotion and Mood lab, and as a Genetics TA. I’m also a CCAK mentor and a member of the Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor track teams at Colby! In my free time, I love reading, hiking, and drawing.

Chessy Singer, 21

I’m a Psychology major and Human Development + Studio Art dual minor. I love all things outdoors and especially skiing which is why Maine is my oasis! Outside of the lab, I am a Colby Cares about Kids mentor, member of the Hillel Board, a fellow for the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, a member of the Academic Honesty Committee, and (naturally) a member of Club Ski. When I’m not doing one of those things, I’m likely hanging out with my friends and/or eating yummy things!



Moo!! I am the official lab mascot of the Social Development Lab! I am also a Psychology major from Massachusetts, and I am interested in animal psychology. My lab tasks include: providing emotional comfort, decorating the lab, guarding all lab materials, finding free food, and spreading happiness to all. I occasionally help the RAs code and prepare mailers. Outside of the lab, I enjoy taking long walks around campus, munching on green grass, playing with cats/goats/alpacas, making memes, or spending time with the RAs and Tarja!