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Dr. Aguiar joined the faculty of UW-Whitewater in 2018, after completing her post-doctoral training in the Children's Digital Media Center at Georgetown University. She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon, and has a background in children's pretend play, creativity, and media use. She teaches undergraduate courses in Developmental Psychology, as well as general education courses. She also teaches a course in Advanced Child Development at the graduate level. In her research, Dr. Aguiar examines children's concepts of real and imaginary others, including real peers, imaginary companions, and media characters.