Adrian Riberal is a third year Public Health Policy major with a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior who joined the lab in Fall 2017. Adrian joined the lab to obtain research experience and to learn more about the cognitive development and abilities of children. In the future he plans to go to graduate school to earn his Masters Degree in Public Health, and to work in the medical field for under served children. During his free time he likes to relax, play video games, and exercise.
Amy is a third year Biological Sciences major who joined the lab in Winter 2016. She joined not only because she was curious about research and would like to get hands-on experience, but also because she thinks children are funny, tiny people. In her free time, she plays Tetris, listens to kpop, does arts and crafts, and eats lots of food.
Anne is a third year Cognitive Psychology major who joined the lab in Winter 2018. She joined the lab to gain hands-on experience in the field. She is interested in how quickly babies and small children develop at a cognitive level. She is also interested in how different levels of brain functioning influence one’s behavior. She plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology, and specialize in Child Development. Her goal is to work with special needs children, and to grasp a better understanding of how cognitive functioning is connected with behavioral patterns.
Eden is a third year Neurobiology major who joined the lab in Summer 2016. Eden joined the lab because she is eager to gain a better understanding of what life as a graduate student would look like and because she loves learning more about what happens as the brain develops. After she graduates, she plans to attend graduate school and ultimately study Alzheimer's Disease. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and listening to music.
Elisa Campello de Mello
Elisa is a third year Cognitive Psychology major with a minor in Education who joined the lab in Winter 2017. She is interested in how language and knowledge acquisition works in the brain. Elisa believes every child should have the opportunity and resources to succeed in life so she looks forward to researching in Cognitive Development as well as developing efficient interventions to help children with learning disabilities. She joined the lab to gain hands on experience in research as she wants to be well prepared in order to pursue a PhD in School and Educational Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and doing yoga and meditation.
Fatima is a third-year Cognitive Psychology major who joined the lab in Fall 2017. She joined the lab because she was interested in getting hands-on experience with cognitive development research. She has worked with children before through interning and volunteering at local pre-schools and has absolutely loved it. Her goal is to work with children in the future and get a better understanding of how they view the world. After finishing her bachelor’s, Fatima hopes to move onto graduate school and pursue a PhD in Psychology. In her free time, Fatima enjoys exploring new places to eat, drinking a good cup of coffee or tea, watching make-up tutorials, going to Disneyland, baking, and spending time with her family
Ghadeer is a Post Baccalaureate student in the Psychology and Social Behavior department. She graduated in summer 2016 from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience. During her senior year she worked at U of M’s School of Public Health as a research assistant to investigate the effectiveness of administering pneumococcal vaccines to children on the incidence of pneumococcal disease. After graduation, she took a year off to stay with her now two-year-old daughter and explore different future options including Medical School, a PhD in Neuroscience or Biopsychology, or a Masters in Public Health. She finds herself interested in developmental psychology and she truly believes that the experiences we have as children shape who we are as adults. She joined the lab in order to immerse herself more in the field of developmental psychology and acquire more research skills.
Hoang Quan Thi Nguyen
Hoang is a fourth year Cognitive Sciences major with a concentration in Language Science. She joined the lab in Fall 2016 because she was interested in how children's minds gradually develop to make sense of the world around them. Her long-term career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist who works extensively with children. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and ping-pong as well as traveling to new places with her family.
Judith is a fourth year double major in Psychology and Chicano/Latino Studies and a minor in Statistics who joined the lab in Spring 2016. Judith joined the lab to gain research experience as well as pursue her love for cognitive development. She hopes to obtain her Psy.D in pediatric neuropsychology in the near future. In her free time, Judith enjoys hiking, reading, and eating sushi.
Julia is an undergraduate Research Assistant who joined the lab during Summer 2016. She is a Cognitive Sciences major with a concentration in Neuroscience. She joined the lab to assist in research that involves younger children. After completing her bachelor’s she plans on attending graduate school to work towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Justine Skaar is a junior undergraduate Psychology major in the School of Social Sciences. She joined the lab in Winter 2017 in order to gain insight about cognitive development research and explore the responsibilities of a PhD student. Justine hopes to attend graduate school and become a clinical psychologist specialized in working with children. In her free time, Justine likes to travel, hike, paint, and practice yoga.
Kelly is a second year Psychology and Sociology major who joined the lab in Summer 2017. She joined the lab to gain research experience and because she enjoys working with children. She also is interested in how the brain processes and develops. After she graduates, she wants to go into therapy because she wants to help people understand how they feel and how to improve their lives through the actions they can control. In her spare time, she enjoys documentaries, listening to music, the beach, and eating sushi.
Kelsy is a third year majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior who joined the lab in Fall 2017. Kelsy joined the lab because she is interested in gaining experience in the lab and working with children. She believes the study that the lab is currently working on would benefit the children not only on their cognitive development but also on social development and other areas. In her free times, she enjoys listening to podcast, doing Zumba and Cardio Hip Hop, and hanging out with friends.
Kimia Akhavein is a current student in the Psychology and Social Behavior Post Baccalaureate program at the University of California, Irvine. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is most interested in parent-child interactions and how gender plays a role in the development of young children. After the post baccalaureate program, Kimia plans on attending graduate school. She wants to continue her education in hopes of bettering the lives of younger generations.
Sabrina is a second year Public Health Sciences major who plans to double major in Cognitive Sciences. She joined that lab in Winter of 2018 to learn more about brain functions and processes, she also loves to work with children. After her undergraduate career, she plans to apply to medical school and pursue a career in psychiatry. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family, go on hikes, and watch movies
Shixuan (Shirley) Wang
Shirley is a first year Education major. She joined the lab in 2016 to gain research experience in children's psychological development. With the addition of Education, Shirley plans to double major in Psychology and Social Behavior in her second year. In her spare time, Shirley enjoys sports such as swimming and volleyball. She also really enjoys trying different kinds of food.
Silvia Navarro Hernandez
Silvia is a third year double major in Gender & Sexual Studies and Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in neuroscience. She joined the lab in Fall 2017 to explore research in cognitive sciences and develop the skills to construct original research in the field of child development. She intends to pursue a career as a school psychologist or enter a Ph.D. program for Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to new music, reading, and connecting with her family.
Tina is a fourth year Psychology and Social Behavior major. She aspires to go to medical school and specialize in either Neurology or Psychiatry. She joined the lab because she wanted to get more experience researching about how cognitive development can effect behavior and decision-making. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, going to the beach, and trying out new things.
Vivian Mitchell is a senior undergraduate studying psychology and social behavior. They joined the lab in Spring 2017 due to a passion in understanding the human cognition. Vivian hopes to attain their PhD in clinical psychology, and in their free time they like to write poetry, practice photography, and drink coffee.