Research Team Members

Kendall Belmont is a junior from Portland, OR. She is a Psychology, Spanish, and Business Management triple major and also plays on the soccer team here at Goucher. She joined this research team to begin a research background to better herself on grad school. Her hopes are to go to Law School to pursue a J.D as well as Ph.D. in Psychology after completing her undergraduate studies. This semester, she is most excited about running and presenting the Factor Analysis of the French version of the Coping Expectancies Scale.


Sophie Wiltse is a senior Psychology and Peace Studies double major with a minor in French. She grew up with her parents, brother, and dog Tilly in snowy Rochester New York. She is excited to be exploring coping strategies with the team and using her (almost fluent) French at the same time! She hopes to gain a greater mastery of working with data in order to continue her career in the realm of global research. While at Goucher, she enjoys playing as the concertmaster in the orchestra, volunteering with the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, working with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, and living in the Language House.

Esther Tulchinsky is a senior Psychology and French double major. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for Goucher Scholars and Read-a-Story-Write-a-Story as well as living in the Language House. She is looking forward to gaining some research background and making use of her French! She hopes to go on to become either a children’s speech therapist specializing in neurological disorders or perhaps a child psychologist.


Katie Baitinger is a senior Psychology Major and Dance minor from Pennsauken, New Jersey. She participates in several of the dance performances on campus including the Kraushaar shows, student choreography, and dance team. She is also a student technician on campus doing several technical theatre jobs including lighting and sound operations. She joined the research team to give herself more insight into research and clinical work. This year she will be working on different coping mechanisms within the French culture and language. She hopes to learn more of what goes into research and how to gather all the information to present it. Her plans for the future are to get her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and eventually her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She wants to work with criminals and discover if mental illness is a predicting factor to crimes that can be committed and if so, which ones, and why do they only effect some people rather than all of them.


Virginia Estes is a senior from Birmingham, AL. She is a Psychology major with a Public Health minor and is on the volleyball team. She got to spend a semester in India studying public health. She also got to experience a little bit of public health research while there. She joined the research team to gain long-term, first-hand experience in the research field. After graduating she is hoping to spend some time abroad before applying for nursing school and ultimately become a nurse practitioner.