Current Post-Bacc Students

Gabrielle Aroz (started program in Fall 2016)

Gabrielle graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is passionate in her pursuit of knowledge and learning. Her primary areas of interests are in health-related outcomes and behavioral medicine, such as pain management, stress reduction, and increasing the well being of those unaffected by typical psychological diagnostic criteria. She wants to help contribute to broadening the scope of the science of psychology and increasing the impact it has on the greater community. She is currently working at UCI’s Center on Stress and Health under the advisement of Dr. Michelle Fortier, and she recently applied to Health Psychology Ph.D.  & master's programs.

Molly Bresnahan (started program in Fall 2016)

Molly Bresnahan earned her B.A. degree in speech, language pathology, & audiology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2014.  Since then, she has worked as both a private tutor for children with learning differences and as a speech and language pathologist at a Title 1 school in Tampa, FL.  Molly is interested in the intersection of cognition, language, and educational theory as it relates to not only performance in the classroom, but overall quality of life and mental health. Specifically, she would like to do research on the cognitive, neurological, or otherwise circumstantial underpinnings of learning and language disorders in order to best facilitate learning and living.  Molly is excited to be working in Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab starting in Fall 2016 and is ready to take advantage of all that this amazing program has to offer. 

Eli Bueno (started program in Fall 2016)

Eli earned his B.A. degree in Criminology, Law, & Society from University of California, Irvine in 2016. He has conducted research on jury decision making under Dr. Nicholas Scurich, and he completed an honors thesis about those killed by the police in California. Eli is interested in whether a police officer’s status as a defendant has any effect on a jury’s decision making process. Eli’s ultimate goal is continue towards a PhD in Criminology, using the post-bacc program as a means to facilitate a broader understanding on what psychologists do within the criminal justice system. Eli is currently lab manager of Dr. Scurich’s jury research lab.

Tiffany Chang (started program in Fall 2016)

Tiffany earned her B.S. degree in Human Biology with an emphasis on the Biomedical track and a minor in Health Care Studies from University of Southern California in 2016. She became interested in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and mental health through her involvement in Undergraduate Student Government, Joint Education Program, and California Miss Amazing Pageant, a pageant for girls and women with disabilities. She is currently working as a research assistant and lab manager in Dr. Chen's Socio-Cultural Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Development Lab to examine how various factors may influence children's level of conformity in social and/or stressful situations. Tiffany plans to explore various aspects of psychology to further develop her interest in this field through the post-bacc program. Upon completing the program, Tiffany aims to apply to medical school and pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Belinda Chen (started program in Fall 2016)

Belinda graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics. After completing her degree, she stayed in Nashville to work as a research analyst for a public health technology startup. While conducting health research for the startup, Belinda became extremely interested in mental health and, consequently, in clinical psychology, so she left her job in Nashville and moved to Los Angeles to pursue post-baccalaurate opportunities at UCLA and UC-Irvine.  Since then, she has worked as a (paid) part-time research assistant in two labs in the Anxiety and Depression Research Center at UCLA. In March 2017, the Principal Investigator (PI) at this UCLA center offered Belinda a (paid) full-time, two-year RA position starting in Summer 2017.  She will finish up the post-bacc program over the summer while working at this job (by taking an online course) and will apply to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology in Fall 2018 (to start in Fall 2019).

Lauren Eales (started program in Fall 2016)

Lauren Eales earned her B.A. in Music and Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. After completing her degree, she started working as the guest artist manager for a symphony in Orange County (and continues to do so today). She will be working as a research assistant in Dr. Heckhausen's lab and looks forward to learning a lot more about the field of psychology through the classes and opportunities the post-bacc program has to offer. She's excited to take classes in Abnormal Psychology and Research Design and to take part in the field study program. After completing the program, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Michelle Fayssoux (started program in Fall 2016)

Michelle earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, double-majoring in Economics and Sociology. Since then, she has worked in research and development for Western Psychological Services, a leading publisher of psychological and educational assessments used by clinicians in the fields of school psychology, occupational therapy, and speech pathology. Her work has contributed to the development of tests spanning a wide range of assessment areas including autism spectrum disorders, adaptive behavior, and language comprehension. Michelle is excited to be working in the Child Narratives Lab with Dr. Klemfuss during her time in the post-bacc program.

Joanna Fagan (started program in Fall 2016)

Joanna is a military veteran who served in the United States Air Force for four years; she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Joanna’s aspiration is to become a military Research Psychologist; this involves using statistical and quantitative principles to conduct investigations in the enhancement of military members’ performance and health.  As a Research Psychologist, she will be helping branches of the military to better understand their workforce and therefore develop, evaluate, and implement policies that support them.  Joanna plans to acquire a Masters in Social and Organizational Psychology and a subsequent PhD in the same area.

Ellen Galstyan (started program in Fall 2016)

Ellen earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside in Summer 2016. During her time as an undergraduate, she did research on wage inequality and immigration with various sociology professors, as well as research in a social psychology lab studying couples trying to conceive to understand how daily behaviors relate to various indicators of well-being. She has worked as a behavioral interventionist for children with Autism and other developmental disorders and looks forward to learning more about adolescent development and mental health while at UCI.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Ellen is excited to be working in Dr. Cauffman’s Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab, and in a year or two, she plans to apply to Ph.D. and/or master's degree programs in social work.  In March 2017, Ellen accepted a full-time (paid) position as a Mental Health Clinic Care Coordinator at Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services in Los Angeles; she will continue in the post-bacc program (most likely by doing research during the evenings and weekends and by taking online courses, when possible) while working at this new position.

Colleen Gillmore (will start program in Fall 2017)

Colleen graduated from Linfield College in 2013 with a BA in Spanish and a focus on Biochemistry. Following graduation, she spent time working as a research assistant in both genetics and virology labs. During this time, she developed a passion for research. This passion for research, combined with her interest in human emotions and their interplay in our physical state, sparked her interest in pursing a career in psychology focused on research. Colleen will be working as a research assistant in Dr. Susan Charles' lab investigating emotional processing across the lifespan. Upon completion of the program, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology. 

Stephanie Hruza (started program in Fall 2016)

Stephanie graduated from Hamilton College in May 2016, earning a B.A. with a neuroscience major and a mathematics minor. The biological mechanisms underlying psychological phenomena is what drew her to neuroscience initially, so shifting to a focus on psychology was a natural progression. Her educational goal is to complete a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. She then hopes to do research in forensic psychology, teach at the undergraduate or graduate level, and consult with law enforcement and others active in the judicial system. She is excited to work in Dr. Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab during her time in the post-bacc program.

Hwi (Lina) Lee (started program in Fall 2016)

Lina graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience. She has always had great fascination for human cognition and neuroscience, particularly in human memory and its underlying processes. During her last year as an undergraduate, she did research with a neurobiologist, working toward rehabilitating cognitive functioning in patients with movement disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and acquired brain injuries. After graduation, she accepted a paid position as a research associate and administrative assistant at the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, located in the Reed Neurological Research Center; the goal of this center is to identify the earliest cognitive changes in mild cognitive impairment and dementia. She will concurrently be working in Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab and looks forward to working with the pediatric population, learning about memory development. Being able to meet and work with patients with different cognitive struggles and seeing the effects of these neurological impairments first hand has confirmed her passion and long term goal of becoming a clinical neuropsychologist. Upon completing the post-bacc program, she plans to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. 

Gioia Licorish (started program in Fall 2016)

Gioia Licorish received her B.F.A in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2015. Since then, she has pursued a freelance career as an illustrator, as well as teaching at a variety of different schools within Los Angeles and Orange County. Her interest lies in the use of art and media as an educational and behavioral tool for at-risk children.Throughout the program, she will work with Dr. Jodi Quas researching adverse experiences in childhood and its sequelae. Her goal is to obtain a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology, with a focus in Art Therapy.

Debra Lindsay (started program in Fall 2016)

Debra earned a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland in Australia, where she developed a passion for social and cognitive psychology. She also has a background in visual arts and, as such, is interested in creativity and how it manifests in different ways. Debra is also interested in online interaction and social media, having worked within a lab exploring online behaviour during the final year of her Bachelor of Psychology.  Having recently relocated from Australia, Debra has been enjoying the wide range of culture and outdoors activities that Southern California has to offer. She has also been publishing a blog (http://theresearchship.wordpress.com) where she takes psychological discoveries that are often discussed on social media (usually with erroneous “clickbait” filled headlines) and breaks them down so they are more digestible while maintaining their scientific integrity.  Debra plans to pursue a career in research and hopes to continue her education with a Ph.D in social psychology after completing the Post Baccalaureate program. 

Dominique Marinello (started program in Fall 2016)

Dominique earned her Bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies, with a minor in English, from Chapman University. Following graduation, she began working for an educational company, providing comprehensive academic and organizational support to students with learning and behavioral differences. There, she developed a passion for the field of neuropsychology and grew eager to further explore the brain’s connection to behavior, emotion, and cognition in order to improve learning outcomes for students with learning differences. In Fall 2016 & Winter 2017, Dominique worked as a research assistant in Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab, investigating recall memory in children with Down syndrome in order to contribute to the development of more nuanced intervention strategies. Upon completion of the Post-Bacc Program at UCI, Dominique hopes to be accepted into a Ph.D. program in Psychology with a Cognitive Neuroscience concentration. 

Cecilia Nunez (started program in Winter 2016)

Cecilia graduated from UCLA in June 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Anthropology. At UCLA, she volunteered with Active Minds and The Drug Outreach and Education Program (DOEP), where she explored her interest in mental health. Her research interests include: child and adolescent psychopathology, treatments for behavioral disorders, and substance abuse. Her goal is to develop new treatments or interventions to provide low-income children and youth with the most suitable mental health care. Through the UCI Post-Bacc program, Cecilia looks forward to exploring all aspects of child and adolescent psychopathology: coursework, research, and internship experience. She will be working in Dr. Lukowski's Memory and Development Lab. Upon completing the program, Cecilia plans to apply to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.

Ronan O'Brien (started program in Fall 2016)

Ronan graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Translation Studies. Various experiences with peer counseling and mentorship during undergrad led to his interest in clinical psychology. He is working as a research assistant in Dr. Martin's Behaviors, Emotions, and Affective Neuroscience (BEAN) lab and will also be pursuing a field study internship. While especially interested in practice, some of his research interests include the psychological consequences of oppression, the social functioning of individuals with mental disorders, and addiction. After completing the post-bacc program, he intends to pursue Psy.D. or Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology.

Danielle Parra (started program in Fall 2016)

Danielle earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of San Diego (USD) in 2012. Her time at USD helped her develop interests in gender and socioeconomic inequality. Her undergraduate work also created an interest in the theatre’s ability to alter perceptions of controversial topics. Over the years, she has held many jobs including running a line of business for a health insurance company and private tutoring. She eventually realized that she wanted to work in a field that allowed her to investigate her interests and passions, which led her to psychology. She is excited to be working in Dr. Piff’s lab and to gain research experience. Danielle’s goal is to earn her Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

Allan Phillips (started program in Fall 2016)

Allan earned his B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis at Stanford University. He moved to Los Angeles to write sitcoms and then ultimately decided not to. A career in psychology was in order. Allan aims to strengthen his candidacy for Ph.D. programs while studying multicultural psychology and the dynamics of multi-generational households. He will be working with Dr. Scurich investigating conformity and other interpersonal effects in a jury setting. 

Sara Quach (started program in Fall 2016)

Sara graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. After graduation, she worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles; when not working, she dedicated her free time to pursuing continued education in psychology. Sara is interested in working with people from low socioeconomic status, focusing on emotional regulation and resilience in the face of adversity and trauma. She will work with Dr. Susan Charles in the Emotion Research lab during her time in the post-bacc program, and she is excited to gaining hands-on knowledge in academic psychology. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology with focus on providing assistance in community sectors. During her time away from school, Sara works at a non-profit organization focusing on providing affordable housing to the under-served communities in Orange County.

Jennifer Senta (started program in Winter 2017)

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and has worked as a consulting actuary in the fields of mergers & acquisitions and pensions. Jennifer is fascinated by the neurobiological foundations of conscious experience, the neural connectome, and the bidirectional relationship between physiological processes and affect/affective disorder. She is currently assisting Dr. Elizabeth Martin in the Behaviors, Emotions, and Affective Neuroscience lab. Jennifer plans to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience.  

Carly Steinberger (started program in Fall 2016)

Carly earned her B.A. in history from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 2012. Since that time, Carly has served as a Youth Development Volunteer in Peace Corps Morocco and worked as case manager in an eviction and homelessness prevention program in New York City. While working as a case manager, Carly learned that many of her clients struggled with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Carly hopes to expand her knowledge of these problems through UCI’s post-baccalaureate program and eventually complete a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is especially interested in trauma, so she is thrilled to be working in Dr. Silver’s lab (which focuses on coping with traumatic events). When not studying at UCI, Carly works at Chrysalis, a Los Angeles non-profit that helps homeless and low-income individuals find employment.

Joseph (J.T.) Tavernier (started program in Fall 2016)

J.T. graduated from UCI with a B.A. is Psychology in 2012. After graduation, he worked as an assistant behavioral therapist and math tutor. He is participating in the Post-Baccalaureate program to prepare for Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology. Among his interests are intergroup interactions, persuasion, and empathy. He is thrilled to be working with Dr. Piff and aiding in the research of social mobility and economic inequality.

Katie Thorpe (started program in Winter 2016)

Katie graduated with her bachelors degree in Political Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (where she also discovered her love for beekeeping). After graduation, she moved to the Dominican Republic where she worked at the public university mentoring college students from rural, impoverished areas. It was through this, and her subsequent experiences working with low-income neighborhoods in California, that she developed an interest in emotional and social relations within varied socioeconomic populations. She is very excited to be working with Dr. Paul Piff in his lab studying emotional responses to poverty and wealth. Katie hopes to obtain her PhD in Social Psychology.

Julia Yi (started program in Fall 2016)

Julia earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016. During her senior year at UCLA, she was a part of the Psychology Department's Honors Program, which was a year-long program ultimately leading to her senior thesis entitled, "Violating Netiquette: The Effects of Disclosure and Valence on Bystanders' Perceptions". Working closely with Dr. Jaana Juvonen and Hannah Schacter, Julia found that when a cyber-victim revealed more personal information about him/herself, bystanders actually formed several negative perceptions of that individual (i.e. more needy, unpleasant, selfish, and insecure). These findings suggest that when one posts overly personal information online, onlookers/bystanders interpret those actions as violating "netiquette" (online etiquette), thus resulting in negative perceptions of the cyber-victim. Julia has presented her research findings at two conferences: UCLA Research Week and Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference. Her love for research has brought her to UCI's post-bacc program with the intent of gaining more knowledge and experience in clinical psychology. While at UCI, Julia has the privilege to work in Dr. Jamner's lab focusing on psychophysiology, the interactions between psychological factors and physiological behaviors, and the effect of the social environment. Julia's goal after this program is to be accepted into a Ph.D. program focusing on clinical psychology. 

Former Post-Bacc Students (Program Alumni)

Mayan Castro (completed in 4 quarters: Spring 2015 through Winter 2016)

Mayan earned her BA in Religious Studies from Rice University.  While in the post-bacc program, Mayan was a lab manager in Dr. Elizabeth Martin's Behaviors, Emotions, and Affective Neuroscience lab, and she completed courses in Statistics, Research Design, Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain Disorders, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, and Applied Statistics for Psychology.  Shortly before to completing the program, she was accepted to UC Irvine's Ph.D. in Affective Sciences program (with a Eugene Cota Robles felllowship, which includes 2 years - and 5 summers - of funding) and to UC Berkeley's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program (with a Chancellor's Fellowship, which includes 2 years of funding) - and she decided to attend UC Irvine!  She began our graduate program in Summer 2016!

Bryan West (completed in 5 quarters: Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Bryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music at UCLA in 2010, where he studied cello performance and music composition. During his time in the post-bacc program, he worked in Dr. Jacqueline Chen’s Social Cognition & Intergroup Perception Lab (and later in Dr. Paul Piff's Social Hiearchy, Inequality, and Emotion lab) as a research assistant, and he took courses in Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Research Design, Social Psychology, and Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discimination, as well as auditing a graduate-level Prosocial Behavior course. He presented a poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in May 2016, and he will be presenting a poster at the Society for Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in San Antonio, TX in January 2017; he also attended the religion preconference at SPSP in San Diego in January 2016.   He recently applied to Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology. So far, he has invited to two on-campus grad admissions interviews (one at UCI and one at Cornell University) and he was accepted to the University of Minnesota's Ph.D. program (with a $20k guaranteed minimum stipend for 5 years, plus a full tuition waiver) and Cornell (with full funding).  In March 2017, Bryan accepted a temporary, full-time (paid) position as a data entry analyst with Taussig & Associates; he will work at this job until June (which is when he will be moving to wherever he ends up going for  grad school).

Emily Kan (completed in 3 quarters: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Emily graduated from Claremont McKenna College in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Science and Management (Biology and Economics dual major, Cum Laude).  During her time in the post-bacc program, Emily worked as a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab, resulting in an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunitites Conference and a poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago in May 2016, as well as a poster presentation at the Association for Psychology & Law conference in Atlanta in March 2016.  She also completed courses in Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Adolescent Development, Clinical Psychology, and Research Design.  Since completing the program, Emily has been working as a volunteer research assistant in Dr. Nickolas Scurich's lab, which focuses on judgment and decision making in legal settings.  In February 2017, Emily was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Psychology & Social Behavior right here at UC Irvine (with full funding for 5 years + a $5,000 Graduate Dean Recruitment Fellowship + funding to participate in the competitive edge program in Summer 2017), and she accepted our offer!  She will begin our graduate program in Summer 2017!

Rammy Salem (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Rammy earned a bachelor's degree in Government and Near Eastern Studies (with a minor in International Relations) from Cornell University in 2010.  During his time in the post-bacc program, Rammy worked in Dr. Peter Ditto’s Hot Cognition Lab, which focuses on understanding human judgement and decision-making, and in Dr. Paul Piff's research lab,  which focuses on how social hierarchy, inequality, and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups; these research experiences resulted in oral and poster presentations at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference and a poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago in May 2016.  In addition, Rammy took courses in Personality, Basic & Applied Statistics, Research Design, Social Psychology, Violence in Society, and Advanced Foresnic Psychology.  The summer after completing the program, he participated in a summer research internship  in Daniel Gilbert's lab at Harvard University (while also studying for the GRE), and in November 2016, he accepted a paid, part-time research assisant in Dr. Ditto's Hot Cognition lab.  He recently applied to Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology, and recently, he was accepted to UC Santa Barbara's Social Psychology Ph.D. program.

Sonia Lindner (completed program in 5 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Sonia earned her bachelor's degree in drama with minors in English and philosophy from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. During her time in the post-bacc program, She worked as a research assistant in Dr. Quas' Child Development Lab; in this lab, in addition to help Dr. Quas on ongoing studies, she also designed, executed, and wrote up the results of her own independent research study, which is now in the "revise and resubmit" stage in Child Maltreatment (a well-respected, peer-reviewed journal)!  Sonia presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago and a talk at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine in May 2016, and she will be presenting this results of her Child Maltreatment study at the American Psychology-Law Society conference in Seattle in March 2017.  In addition, while in our program, Sonia took courses in Abnormal Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Applied Statistics, Research Design, and Advanced Research Methods, and she volunteered as a grief counselor at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center in Los Angeles. After completing the program, Sonia was accepted to Ph.D. in Counseling programs at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, University of Missouri - Kansas City, SUNY Buffallo (with a Schomburg Diversity Fellowship), and the University of Kansas, and she has decided to attend the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  She will begin this program in Fall 2017.

Sanam Monjazeb (completed in 3 quaraters: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Sanam graduated from UC Davis in June of 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish (Cum Laude). During her time in the post-bacc program, Sanam worked as a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab, resulting in an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference and a poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science conference in May 2016.  She also took courses in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Basic and Applied Statistics, Adolescent Development, Advanced Research Methods, Violence in Society, and Advanced Forensic Psychology.  Since completing the program, she has been working as a (paid) part-time research assistant in Dr. Martin's Affective Neuroscience lab, while also continuing to volunteer as a research assistant in Dr. Cauffman's lab.  In November 2016, she applied to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology).  She was invited to participate in a skype admissions interviews at Yale University and the University of Alambama, and she received on-campus admissions interviews at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Sam Houston State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, George Mason University, Simon Fraser Univeristy, Farleigh Dickinson University, and Fordham University.  In February 2017, she was accepted to Simon Fraser University (with full funding + a  major entrance scholarship worth $84,000 to be distributed over her first 4 years in the program) and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (with full funding), and she was placed on the waiting list at Fordham University.

Esther Kim (started program in Winter 2016)

Esther graduated from Skidmore College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Music. During her time in the post-bacc program, Esther worked in Dr. Levine's Lab, studying emotion (and more recently, in Dr. Jackie Chen's lab, studying cultural psychology), and she gave a poster presentation at the UCI Undergraudate Research Opportunities Conference in May 2016.  In July 2016, she accepted a part-time, paid position as a Youth Specialist at the Korean American Family Counseling Center in Stanton, where she has the opportunity to mentor youths and work with parents and elders, and after completing the post-bacc program, she was offered a part-time, paid research assistant position in Dr. Levine's lab; she will work both jobs (youth specialist and research assistant) until starting graduate school.  In December 2016, Esther applied to Ph.D. programs in Develpmental Psychology, and recently, she was accepted to North Carolina State to work with Dr. Lynne Baker-Ward.  She was offered a 4-year teaching assistantship (TA), which includes funding for tuition & a stipend.

Bryan Mac (participated for 3 quarters: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Bryan graduated from UC Santa Barbara with Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology.  During his time in the post-bacc program, he worked as a research assistant in Dr. Jamner’s lab and took a course in Abnormal Psychology.  In addition, he presented a poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunites Program conference in May 2016. In January 2016, Bryan accepted a full-time paid position as a clinical researcher in the psychiatry department of the Fountain Valley Regional Medical Hospital, where he is learning super cool research techniques, such as using the EEG machine.  In May 2016, Bryan accepted a second full-time, paid position as a research analyst at Ipsos (a market research firm in Culver City) - he is working at Ipsos during the day and at Fountain Valley at night - so, he is definitely keeping busy!  Finally, in March 2016, Bryan was accepted into the Ph.D. program in biological & health psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has decided to defer his admission for a while, so he can focus the next year on working and saving money.

Erika Pages (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Erika graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Irvine with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Studio Art.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Erika worked as a research assistant in Dr. Susan Charles’ Emotion Research Lab and completed courses in Advanced Research Methods, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Human Stress, Clinical Health Psychology, and Child Health Psychology. Since completing the post-bacc program, she has been working full-time at a market research organzation.  Starting in January 2017, Erika will also be working as a (paid) part-time research assistant in Dr. Charles' Emotion Research Lab.  Also, she recently applied to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psych, Health Psych, and Affective Science - and recently, she was invitied for an on-campus grad admissions interviews at UC Irvine (which took place in January 2017) and UCLA.

Diane Lee (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Diane graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in English literature and minor in Political Science, with an emphasis on political theory. During her tim in the post-bacc program, she worked in Dr. Zinger and Dr. Ditto's research labs, and she took courses in Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Applied Statistics, Research Design, Social Psychology, and Prejudice, Stereotyping, & Discrimination, as well as a graduate-level course in Interpersonal Processes & Health. She presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago and at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opporutnities Program conference in Irvine in May 2016; she also attended the Society for Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in San Diego in January 2016 and will be presenting a poster at this conference in San Antonio, TX in January 2017.  Diane recently applied to Ph.D. and master's programs in Developmental and Social Psychology.  She got invited to particpate in skype admissions interviews (for Ph.D. programs) with professors at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and USC, as well as a phone interview for a research-oriented master's program at CSU San Marcos - and she was subsequently on-campus admissions interview at USC and UC Santa Barbara.  Recently, she was accepted to the master's program at CSU Can Marcos (with a $3,000 research assistantship) and to the (research-oriented) master's program at Cal State Northridge.  While waiting for grad school to start, Diane has been working as a full-time (paid) adminstrative assistant at LaBaree/Oksnee Insurance, while also working a few hours a week (in the evenings) as a (paid) research assistant in Dr. Zinger's lab.

 

Benjamin Gibson (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Benjamin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from CSU Northridge in 2010.  During his time in the post-bacc program, Ben worked in Dr. Sarah Pressman's Stress, Emotion, and Physical Health Lab and in Dr. Susanne Jaeggi's Working Memory and Plasticity, and he took courses in Advanced Research Methods, Health Psychology, Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Applied Statistics, and Human Stress.  In addition, he presented a poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in May 2016 and attended the American Neuropsychiatric Association conference in San Diego in March 2016.  Since completing the program, he has been working as a (paid) part-time research assistant in Dr. Pressman's lab and volunteering as a research assistant in Dr. Jaeggi's lab.  In Fall 2016, Ben applied to psychology Ph.D. programs, and he was recently invited to on-campus grad admissions interviews at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Kansas (Cognitve & Brain Sciences program).

Isabelle Christman-Cohen (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Isabelle earned a Bachelor's degree in English (with a concentration in Law & Society) from Kenyon College in 2012, a Master's degree in Education and Special Education from Touro College in 2014, and a Master's degree in Crisis and Trauma Studies from Tel Aviv University in 2015.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Isabelle worked as a research assistant in Dr. Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab, resulting in an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference and a poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago in May 2015.  She also completed courses in Abnormal Psychology, Basic and Applied Statistics, Adolescent Development, and Clinical Psychology.  Since completing the program, she has been continuing to volunteer as a research assistant in Dr. Cauffman's lab, while also working as a (paid) ABA Behavioral Interventionist at ACES (a position that she began in February 2017).   Recently, Isabelle was invited for an on-campus grad admissions interview at Farleigh Dickinson for their Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, to Yeshiva University in New York City for their combined school-clinical Psy.D. program, and to Widener and the University of Denver for their Clinical Psy.D. programs, and in February 2017, she was accepted to Yeshiva University.

Dallen Myers (completed in 5 quarters: Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Dallen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in Spring 2015.  During his time in the post-bacc program, Dallen worked as a research assistant for Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab, and he presented a poster at UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Conference in May 2016; he also attended the Western Psychological Association in Long Beach in April 2016. Dallen took courses in Human Stress, Clinical Health Psychology, Child Health Psychology, and Advanced Research Methods, and he volunteered as a trained listener and facilitator at the Community Helpline.  Since completing the post-bacc program, Dallen has been working as an ABA Therpist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders while applying to Psy.D. programs in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (and continuing to volunteer at the community helpline).  Recently, Dallen was invited to Psy.D. grad admissions interviews at Cal Lutheran, Widener University, Spalding University, Indiana State, University of Indianapolis, and Palo Alto University - and he got  acceptance offers (so far) at Cal Lutheran and the University of Indianapolis. He was especially excited about his interview at Indiana State, as they provide their students with tuition remission and more generous assistantships than other schools - and he should be hearing back from Indiana about whether or not he was accepted by the end of the week.

Corey Meyer (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Corey graduated cum laude from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During his time in the post-bacc program, Corey worked as a research assistant in Dr. Susan Charles’ Emotion Research Lab and completed an internship at the NRC Research Institute.  He also completed courses in Advanced Research Methods, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Neuroscience, and Prejudice, Stereotyping, & Discrimination.  In June 2016, he accepted a paid, full-time position as an Assistant Recruitment Coordinator at his internship site, and in March 2017, he was accepted to the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track) at Pacific University.  He will begin this Psy.D. program in Fall 2017.

Josie Pijpaert (participated for 4 quarters: Spring 2015 through Winter 2016)

Josie earned her BA in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and her MA in Counseling & Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, and she runs her own private practice. During her time in the post-bacc program, Josie was a research assistant in Dr. Pressman's Positive Psychology, Social Relationships, and Health & Stress Lab, and she completed courses in Health Psychology and Clinical Neuroscience; she also attended the FACES Conference on Compassion, Mindfulness, and Wisdom.  In April 2015, she was accepted into the PsyD Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University. She deferred her admission to the Psy.D. program for a couple of years while buliding her private practice, and now she will be starting this Psy.D. program in Fall 2017.

Ryan Lubock (participated for 2 quarters:  Winter 2015 through Spring 2015)

Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in May of 2014, with a  major in psychology and a minor in philosophy. During his time in the post-bacc program, Ryan gained research experience by assisting Dr. Jamner in his research lab, and he completed courses in Clinical Neuroscience, Child Therapies, Human Sexuality, and Health Psychology.  In Spring 2015, Ryan was accepted to the Master of Science in Psychology program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (which fulfills the educational and clinical training requirements for the state of California's Marriage and Family Therapist license), which he began in Fall 2015.

Elizabeth Cathcart (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Spring 2015)

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Criminology, Law, & Society from UC Irvine in June of 2014. While in the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Quas (who studies memory development and children's involvement in the legal system), and she presented her research at the Western Psychological Association conference in Las Vegas, NV and at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunites Program Conference.  In addition, she completed courses in Clinical Psychology, Human Development in a Cross-Cultural Perspective, Applied Statistics for Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, and Graduate-level Research Methods.  After completing the program, she accepted a part-time (paid) position as a Project Director in Dr. Quas' lab and a part-time (paid) position as an Administrative Assistant at Western Youth Services.  In April 2016, Elizabeth learned that she was accpeted to the Master's in School Psychology programs at Chapman University and Cal State Long Beach, and she decided to attend Cal State Long Beach (which was her top choice), which she started in Summer 2016.

Cailtin Cole (participated for 3 quarters: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Caitlin earned her Bachelor's degree in 2011 from Northeastern University, majoring in business with a marketing concentration and minoring in history. During her time in the post-bacc program, worked as a research assistant  for Dr. Roxy Silver (studying the way people cope with traumatic events) and took courses in Research Design, Applied Statistics, Clinical Health Psychology, and Interpersonal Processes & Health.  In March 2016, Caitlin was accepted to the San Diego State University Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (MSW-MPH) dual degree program, and she began this program in Fall 2016.

Rebecca Mercer (participated for 5 quarters: Fall 2015 through Fall 2016)

Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May of 2015 from California State University, Long Beach. During her time in the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Loftus’ memory and law and in Dr. Martin's Behavior, Emotion, and Affective Neuroscience (BEAN) lab, and she presented a poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in May 2016.  She took  courses in Human Development in a Cross-Cultural Perspective and Memory and the Law, and outside of UCI, she worked as an advanced behavior interventionist at Autism Spectrum Therapies.  In December 2016, Rebecca was accepted the Master's of Applied Behavioral Analysis program at Simmons College (her first choice of graduate programs), starting in January 2017.

Nicole Prasad (completed in 2 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Winter 2016)

Nikki graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University in June of 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a double minor in Communications and Sociology.  During her time in the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Goldberg's Family Lab, studying typically developing children and children with Autism, and she completed a field study internship at the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach.  Prior to completing the program, Nikki was accepted to all of the graduate programs she applied to, including UCLA's and Boston College's Master of Social Welfare/Social Work (MSW) program, Columbia University's M.A. in International Educational Development program (with an $18,000 scholarship), Pepperdine University's M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship and Change, and University of San Diego's M.A. in Peace and Justice program (with a $20,000 scholarhip)!  She  decided to attend the program at Columbia, which started in Fall 2016.

Gillian Acedo (completed in 4 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Summer 2015)

Gillian earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine in 2011. During her time in the post-bacc program, she was a research assistant in Dr. Goldberg's Family Lab, she took courses in Psychology Fundamentals, Research Design, Abnormal Psychology, Applied Statistics, and Developmental Psychology, and she completed a Field Study Internship at the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach.  In September 2015, Gilly accepted a full-time, paid position as a Youth Specialist at her field study site, and she has been working at this position while studying for the GREs and applying to research-oriented Master's programs in psychology.  In October 2016, Gilly accepted a part-time, paid research assistant position in Dr. Goldberg's lab (as a 2nd job, in addition to her full-time job at the CSP Youth Shelter), and in February 2017, Gilly was accepted to the master's program at Cal State San Marcos and San Francisco State.

Reanna Karp (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Reanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Winter of 2014 from the University of California, Merced in psychology with a minor in writing.  During her time in the post-bacc program, she completed courses in Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sports Psychology, and Positive Psychology, and she was a part of Dr. Pressman’s lab to study stress levels.  In addition, she completed quarter-long internships at the Yellowstone Recovery Center and the CSP Youth Shelter.  As of April 2016, Reanna was accepted to Master's in Counseling programs at NYU, San Francisco State, and Kansas University!  She accepted the offer at NYU and completed one semeseter there before deciding that living in New York was not the best fit for her.  She has returned to Southern California, where she is currently working at a a new recovery center as a mental health technician with a dual position as the house personal trainer, while also preparing to apply to Psy.D. programs on the West Coast.

Christian Koeu (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Spring 2015)

Chris graduated from UC Irvine in June 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior.  During his time in the post-bacc program, he worked as research assistant for several different professors (including Drs. Loftus, Piff, Scurich, and Levine).  Chris attended the Society for Personality & Social Psychology conference in Long Beach, CA, and he presented his research at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Conference.  In addition, Chris took courses in Forensic Psychology; Psychology & the Law; and Applied Statistics for Psychology.  In August 2015, Chris accepted a paid position as a Lab Manager for a psychologist in the Business School at the University of Southern California, where he is working full-time while getting ready to apply to Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology and/or Behavioral Economics.

Jessenia DeLeon (completed in 4 quarters:  Winter 2016 through Fall 2016)

Jessenia earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management from California State University, Long Beach in 2010.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Jessenia had the pleasure to work as a research assistant in Dr. Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab, and she presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago and a talk at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine in May 2016.  She also completed courses in Advanced Research Methods, Psychology & the Law, Applied Statistics, and Social Relationships, and she completed a Field Study Internship at Shortstop (a juvenile crime diversion program).  In September 2016, Jessenia accepted a (paid) on-call position as a Youth Specialist II at the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach & Tustin; she was initially offered a full-time position at the Laguna Beach location, but she asked to instead be given an on-call position (for now), because it is more flexible (on-call is like being a "substitute" when other staff call in sick or they need extra staff at the last minute). This flexibility allowed her to accept a paid, part-time research assistant position in Dr. Cauffman's lab upon completion of the post-bacc program in December 2016; she will work at both of these jobs while also preparing to apply to Master of Social Work programs.

William Pearce (participated for 3 quarters:  Winter 2015 through Summer 2015)

Will earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Biola University in 2014.  During his time in the post-bacc program, he worked as a research assistant in Dr. Quas' Child Development Laboratory and completed courses in Adolescent Development and Human Sexuality.  Will took a leave of absense from the program in September 2015 and accepted a full-time job as Community Advocate at REACH (Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication, and Housing); he plans to return to the post-bacc program and finish earning his certificate after getting more work experience and saving up some money.

Matthew Allen (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Fall 2015)

Matthew earned his Bachelor's Degree in Film and Media Studies from UC Irvine in 2013, receiving Cum Laude honors. During his time in the post-bacc program, he was a research assistant in Dr. Pressman's Positive Health Psychology lab, and he took courses in Research Design, Applied Statistics, Advanced Research Methods, and Personality.  He also completed a field study internship at the UC Campus Assault Resource and Education (CARE) Center.  In September 2015, Matt accepted a salaried position as a Client Implementation Specialist at Broadbean in Irvine, where he will work full-time while applying to graduate programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Marissa Marquez (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Spring 2015)

Marissa earned her Bachelor's degree at UC Irvine in 2013, double-majoring in Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) and Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB). During her time in the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Silver's lab, resulting in an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in May 2015. In addition, she completed field study internships at the CSP Youth Shelter and Shortshop, as well as courses in Human Development in a Cross-Cultural Perspective, Clinical Neuroscience, and Prejudice, Stereotyping, & Discrimination.  In September 2015, Marissa accepted a full-time position as a property assistant with the Irvine Company, where she will work while also studying for the GRE and applying to master's degree programs in Business and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Angela Pineiro (participated for 2 quarters: Winter 2016 through Spring 2016)

Angela graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2012. She double majored in Business Marketing and Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Health. During her time in the post-bacc program, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Heckhausen's lab studying motivation, and she took a course in Behavioral Medicine.  In July 2016, she took a leave of absense from the post-bacc program so she could focus on her full-time job as as a Strategic Account Coordinator at Microsoft; she hopes to return to the post-bacc program once things are less busy for her at work.

Dana Joudi (completed in 4 quarters:  Winter 2015 through Fall 2015)

Dana earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University of Beirut in 2012. During her time in the post-bacc program, Dana worked as a research assistant for Professor Nicholas Scurich (who studies judgment and decision making and psychology and the law), Professor Linda Levine (who studies emotion, memory, and emotion regulation), and Professor Paul Piff (who studies socioeconomic status, prosocial behavior, and social emotion).  She also completed courses in Applied Statistics; Advanced Research Methods; Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination; Social Psychology; and Forensic Psychology, and she attended the Society for Personality & Social Psychology conference in Long Beach, CA.  Since completing the program, Dana has been working full-time at a law firm - while also volunteering as a senior research assistant at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) and preparing to apply to Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology.
 

Thomas Stamper (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Spring 2015)

Thom earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2008. While in the post-bacc program, he worked for one quarter as a research assistant in Dr. Heckhausen's Lifespan Development & Motivation lab, he worked for two quarters as a research assistant in Dr. Ditto's Hot cognition lab, and he completed a one-quarter field study internship at the UC Irvine Human Resources Department.  During his time in the program, he also completed courses in Research Design, Applied Statistics for Psychology, Social Relationships, and Psychology of the Workplace.  In September 2015, Thom accepted a full-time, paid position at a law office near his home, where he will work while studying for the GRE and applying to graudate progarms in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Resources, and/or Social Psychology.

Sahara Bahramian (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Fall 2015)

Sahara earned a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Irvine in June of 2013, double majoring in Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) and Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB); in her senior year, Sahara was awarded the Social Ecology Special Recognition in Multidisciplinary Achievement award.  During her time in the post-bacc program, she was a research assistant for Dr. Cauffman's Delinquency, Disorder, and Development lab, which focuses on adolescent development, mental health, juvenile justice, and social policy, and she presented her research at the Association for Psychological Science conference in New York City and at the Undergraduate Opportunities Research Conference at UCI in May 2015.  She also took courses in Forensic Psychology, Violence in Society, and Psychology of the Workplace, and she completed a field study internship in the UCI Human Resources Department.  Since completing the program, Sahara has been working full-time at Equinox Fitness in Huntington Beach as a department manager. She plans to apply to Vanguard University's graduate program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which will allow her to continue working full-time while going to school and applying the information she learns in her workplace.

Tara Torres (completed program in 3 quarters: Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014, where she worked as a research assistant for the UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Tara worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Lukowski’s Memory & Development Lab, resulting in oral and poster presentations at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) conference in May 2016 and poster presentations at the Western Psychological Association conference in Long Beach in April 2016 and the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago in May 2016.  She also worked as a Clinical Outcomes Volunteer at the UCI Health Child Development School and as a post-bacc teaching assistant for Dr.  Zinger's Psychology Fundamentals C course, and she copmleted courses in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Research Methods, Applied Statistics, and Child Health Psychology.  Since completing the post-bacc program, she has been working a (paid) part-time job as a Behavioral Interventionist for ACES (Autism Comprehensive Educational Services) and as a (paid) part-time research assisatnt in Dr. Lukowski's lab, while also applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.

Brian Rayburn (completed in 4 quarters:  Winter 2015 through Fall 2015)

Brian earned his BA in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach.  During his time in the post-bacc program, he was a research assistant in Dr. Lukowski's Memory and Development Lab and in Dr. Jaeggi's Working Memory and Plasticity Lab.  In addition, he took courses in Clinical Neuroscience, Learning Abilities & Intelligence, Psychodynamic Studies; and Brain Disorders, and he completed a Field Study Internship at Fairview Developmental Center (where he worked as a clinical aid to help developmentally disabled adults in the Social Development program). Since completing the program, he has continued to volunteer as a research assistant in Dr. Jaeggi's lab while looking for a full-time job and preparing to apply to graduate programs.

Solveig Siem (completed program in 4 quarters: Fall 2015 through Summer 2016)

Solveig earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014. Her interest in psychology developed from an ethnography she conducted on Sexual Addicts Anonymous meetings. After graduation, she completed an internship at Bridges Project in Musselburgh, Scotland as a Youth Worker for underprivileged young people. During her time in the post-bacc program, Solveig worked as a research assistant in Dr. Levine’s Affective Forecasting Lab, completed a field study at the Yellowstone Recovery Center, and presented at poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opporunities Conference. She also completed courses in Introduction to Psychology, Basic Statistics, Applied Statistics, Clinical Neuroscience, Human Resources Management, and Introduction to Marketing.  Since completing the program, she has been travelling through Europe, where she will eventually look for a full-time job and research her options for graduate school.

Cara V. Phillips (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2014 through Fall 2015)

Cara graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude). During her time in the program, Cara was a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Martin's Behaviors, Emotion, and Affective Neuroscience lab (and she helped grad student Robert Garcia with his dissertation study in Summer 2015).  In addition, she took courses in Behavioral Medicine, Applied Statistics, Cognition & Learning in an Educational Setting, and Clinical Psychology, and she atteded the Western Psychological Association conference in Las Vegas, NV.  She is currently applying to Ph.D. and master's programs in Social Psychology, while also spending time time on raising her 7-year-old son.