Ph.D. student
Human Development

Beebe Hall, 2nd floor


Julia first joined the Human Development department as Cornell’s 2015-2016 Heidelberg Exchange Fellow and a Fulbright grantee. In 2017, Julia returned to Cornell to obtain a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with Dr. Corinna Löckenhoff.

Her research interests span risk perception, decision making, lifespan development, and health. She is currently working on tailoring health and risk information to the processing preferences of different age and patient groups. This work has earned her the 2017 Margaret Holmes-Rovner Award for Decision Psychology and Shared Decision Making (commonly known as the Society for Medical Decision Making's Lee B. Lusted Student Prize).

Before returning to Cornell, Julia worked with the Funke Lab for Problem-Solving at Heidelberg University (2013-2017) and Valerie F. Reyna's Rational Decision Making Lab at Cornell University (2015-2016). In addition, she completed research visits with the Nock Lab at Harvard University (2016), the Cognition and Health Research Group at Oxford University (2016) and Cambridge University's Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication (2017).

Brust-Renck, P. G., Nolte, J., & Reyna, V. F. (in press). Numeracy in health and risk messaging. In S. Parrott (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., Reyna, V. F., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). The influence of explanatory images on risk perceptions and treatment preference. Arthritis Care and Research.

Fraenkel, L., Reyna, V. F., Cozmuta, R., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., & Wilhelms, E. A. (in press). Do visual aids help patients differentiate between rare and very rare risks? Patient Education and Counseling. 

Meschkow, A. S., Nolte, J., Garavito, D. M. G., Helm, R. K., Weldon, R. B., & Reyna, V. F. (2018). Risk taking. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Nolte, J., Garavito, D. M. N., & Reyna, V. F. (invited). Decision making. In R. J. Sternberg & J. Funke (Eds.), The Psychology of Human Thought. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Press. 

I have served as a teaching assistant (TA) for the following courses:

HD3290 - Self-regulation across the lifespan (Prof. Corinna E. Löckenhoff)

HD2180 - Human Development: Adulthood and Aging (Prof. Corinna E. Löckenhoff)

2017 - 2022 Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Cornell University 

2014 - 2017 M.Sc. in Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany

2015 - 2016 Exchange Fellow in Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

2011 - 2014 B.Sc. in Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany

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