Infant Growth and Development Study at UNCG


Megan Chandler, M.S.

Project Coordinator

Megan has been a part of the iGrow team from the very beginning. She has worked at UNCG since 2010, starting as a research assistant on the Triad Child Study. She then moved into a project coordinator position for the S.T.A.R. Project for 4 years, until the grant ended. She also served as the Assistant Coordinator for the Child and Family Research Network at UNCG for a year. She graduated with her M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University in December 2009, and her B.S., also from E.C.U. in Family and Community Services in May 2008. In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography, playing competitive softball and spending time with family and friends, especially her two kids.

Maleek Holmes, B.S.

Research Assistant
Maleek joined the lab in August 2019. Before then, he was a research assistant in the STrengths, Assets and Resilience (STAR) lab at UNC-Chapel Hill. This is, also, where he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, and minor in Chemistry. He enjoys playing games with friends, listening to podcasts, and most things musical. Future plans include pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Meghan Parrish, B.A.

Research Assistant
Meghan graduated from UNCG with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS). Afterward, she attended the Child & Family Studies graduate program at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, where she had the unique opportunity to conduct field research in Ethiopia. During her undergraduate studies, Meghan worked on another of Dr. Esther Leerkes’ research projects (Triad Child Study – TCS) and is thrilled to have returned to her alma mater as a member of the iGrow research team. In her free time, Meghan enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching private violin & fiddle lessons, singing and playing music, and traveling whenever possible.


Rachel Schmitz, B.S.

More information about Rachel coming soon!

Sally Eagleton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Sally Eagleton is a postdoctoral fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Oklahoma State University in 2015 and her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and Clinical and Translational Sciences from Penn State University in 2020. Her primary research interests aim to better understand economic disparities in child obesity by examining the influence of and interactions between modifiable parent- and family-level factors commonly associated with poverty (e.g., food insecurity) on the development of appetitive behaviors and weight across early childhood. Her current work with iGrow is focused on examining the role of food insecurity during pregnancy on mother-infant feeding interactions and infant appetite.

Elisha Lee, B.S.

Research Assistant, Part-Time

Elisha is a 2021 graduate from UNCG in Human Development and Family Studies minoring in ASL/Deaf studies. She is interested in how parents socialize their children around Race and Class and how that socialization may affect their experiences in adolescence and adulthood. Elisha previously worked with Guilford County Schools as an Academic All Star Camp counselor. There she worked with rising 9th graders to assist in building their leadership and teambuilding skills. In addition she worked to help campers/students better understand the  importance of the ACT and get them started doing ACT prep. Her experience with the iGrow program further sparked her interest in research. She hopes to one day conduct her own research on how parent’s socialization and parenting styles contribute to the development of Deaf and/or Black children. In her free time Elisha enjoys spending time with her Family and having Brunch with her friends.

Previous iGrow Staff



Angelica Villanueva




Aran Garnett-Deakin

Article about Aran’s journey with research at UNCG: https://news.uncg.edu/from-undergraduate-researcher-to-phd-student/


Lauren Bailes




Mikafui Antonio




Angelica Knight