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2015 PS/WiCS Awards for Junior Scientists Recipients
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Sharda Umanath
Claremont McKenna College, USA

Sharda Umanath is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, USA. She earned her BA (2009) in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA (2012) and her PhD (2014) in cognitive psychology from Duke University. During graduate school, she was advised and mentored by Elizabeth Marsh as well as David Rubin. She then did a one year post-doctoral research fellowship in aging and development at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Mark McDaniel, Dave Balota, and Henry L. Roediger, III. Sharda began her tenure as an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, USA in the Fall of 2015. Sharda's research interests primarily involve how prior knowledge can influence remembering. Her main line of research explores impacts of prior knowledge in healthy aging. She is also interested in the interplay between personal life stories and knowledge in the form of cultural life scripts in autobiographical memory as well as how general knowledge shapes and is shaped by national collective memories of the past.

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