Current Post-Baccalaureate Students

Current Post-Bacc Students

Kimia Akhavein (started program in Fall 2017)

Kimia graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate career, Kimia found her passion for research while working in the Sarnecka Cognitive Development Lab under Professor Barbara Sarnecka. She is interested in child development and parent-child interactions. She is excited to be working with Professor Klemfuss in the Child Narratives Lab as a Research Assistant. Following the program, Kimia hopes to further her education and apply for masters programs in School Psychology. 

Ghadeer Alabbas (started program Fall 2017)

Ghadeer graduated in Summer 2016 from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (U of M) 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. During her time in the Post-Bacc program, she will be working in Dr. Martin’s lab studying how feelings and thoughts affect people’s behavior. She is very excited to start a new chapter of her life, acquire some new knowledge and skills, and become a better researcher.

Colleen Brown (started program in Fall 2017)

Colleen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in German Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2014. During her undergraduate studies, she received a year-long research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to examine sensationalism and political biases in German and American media systems. Following graduation, she completed an International Parliamentary Fellowship (IPS) at the German Bundestag in Berlin. Colleen participated in diplomacy workshops at the Bundestag with colleagues from 35 different countries in an effort to define best methods for fostering engagement in democratic systems. After interacting with numerous politicians and professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds, she discovered that her true passion was figuring out what makes people “tick” and determining social factors that influence or drive certain behaviors. Colleen will be working in Dr. Cauffman’s 3D Lab while in the post-bacc program and is looking forward to coursework that will prepare her for a Ph.D. in Social, Forensic, or Clinical Psychology.

Jonathan Casian (started program in Fall 2017)

Jonathan graduated from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2015. After a few years of teaching English in San Francisco, Jonathan discovered his calling in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. His research interests are in the practice of psychotherapy, men's issues, military and veterans' mental health, Latino-American mental health, and clinical psychology research in general. Jonathan is excited to be working in Dr. Borelli's THRIVE Lab on several projects involving both community intervention and clinical research.

Howard Chang (started program in Fall 2017)

Howard graduated in 2014 from Pomona College with a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a minor in religious studies. As an undergraduate, he studied to pursue a career in medicine but has since discovered his true calling in the psychosocial aspects of medicine and human health. He is especially interested in the bodily manifestations of stress, trauma, and anxiety - including chronic pain and medically unexplained symptoms - and psychological approaches to physical healing. Howard is excited to be working in Dr. Jamner's lab studying pain perception and in Dr. Silver's lab studying traumatic life experiences. His goal is to apply to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.

Deepali Dhruve (started program in Fall 2017)

Deepali earned her B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology and minor in Psychology from UC Davis in 2016. After completing her degree, she worked as a Systems Analyst in Irvine, and she is currently pursuing an A.S. in Network Administration at Saddleback Community College. She is working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Klemfuss's Child Narratives Lab, and she will be taking courses Forensic Psychology and Juvenile Delinquency (among others). Deepali is a Registered Behavior Technician and works with children on the autistic spectrum as a Behavior Interventionist. After completing the program, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Ryan Donberg (started program Fall 2017)

Ryan graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a BA in English.  After completing his degree, he worked a variety jobs, from retail to copywriting, while also pursuing a career as a musician.  However, he eventually realized that his lifelong interest in the inner-workings of the mind had crystallized into a sincere desire to explore those questions at the academic and professional level.  His interests include  psychopathology, emotional regulation, trauma, stress, and the ability of the aforementioned items to affect health processes.  During his time at the post-bacc program, he will be working in Dr. Martin's BEAN lab studying the effect of emotion and cognition on behavior.  After completing the program, Ryan plans on pursuing a PhD 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.

Colleen Gillmore (started 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. 

Mina Khoshbakht (started program in Fall 2017)

Mina graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. During her studies, she spent time working on a collection of short stories which were later published; she also found a passion for studying the aging process and the disorders that often accompany it. She has not worked in a psychology lab before but is very excited to now be working as a research assistant in Dr. Martin's BEAN lab and leaning new skills from Dr. Martin and the graduate  students in her lab. Her final goal is to apply for a PhD in neuropsychology and pursue applied research and counseling in hopes of making the lives of the elderly easier and more fulfilling.

Bill Le (started program in Fall 2017)

Bill graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2016 with a B.A. in Critical Gender Studies, in addition completing medical school prerequisite courses. As an undergraduate, Bill developed a critical lens for people who face socioeconomic disadvantages by gaining an understanding to how institutionalized systems of oppression create inequalities. As a research assistant at UC San Diego's School of Medicine HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program, Bill gained exposure to the field of psychiatry, specifically LGBTQIA patients living with HIV/AIDS and mental health disorders. Bill has assisted in research grants and clinical service grants relating to HIV prevention, submitted to federal agencies for institutional support, conducted literature reviews for domestic and international IRB grant submissions, and generated a codebook utilizing narrative analysis from transcribed interviews. Bill is currently a Field Intern conducting public health research assisting on a longitudinal study focused on media exposure and sexual violence among adolescents, young adults, and sexual group minorities. Bill reaches out to research participants via phone, text messaging, and social networking websites to promote participation and retention, in addition to literature reviews, assisting in IRB grant submissions, and proofreading survey documents. Bill’s academic goal is gaining admissions into a Ph.D. program for Clinical Psychology to become a clinical psychologist for the LGBTQIA and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.  

Gioia Licorish (started program in Fall 2016)

Gioia Licorish received her B.F.A in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2015. After college, she worked as a freelance career as an illustrator and as teacher's assistant and substitute teacher 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 her time in the post-bacc program, she has been working Dr. Jodi Quas (researching adverse experiences in childhood and its sequelae) and Dr. Piff (researching income inequality, prosocial behavior, and awe), and in May 2017, she presented posters at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston, MA and at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference at UCI.  In Summer 2017, Gioia will be working as a (paid) teaching assistant position at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Summer Program on the UC Santa Cruz campus; she will be TA’ing a Foundations of Psychology course. 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 (Franklin Educational Services), 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. She attended the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Atlanta, GA in March 2017, and she was a co-author on a poster that was presented at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston, MA in May 2017.  In Summer 2017, she completed a full-time research internship in Dr. Dan Gilbert's psychology lab at Harvard University and she applied to several research positions across the country; she was offered paid research positions at John Hopkins University and at a children's hospital in Connecticut, in addition to a volunteer position with a professor in the School of Education at USC.  She decided to accept the USC position, and in Fall 2017, she will return to Southern California to finish up the post-bacc program, resume her position at Franklin Educational Services, and begin working with the USC professor.  Upon completion of the Post-Bacc Program at UCI, Dominique hopes to be accepted into a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology.

Meryl Olah (started program in Fall 2017)

Meryl graduated from Mills College in 2012 with a B.A. in Studio Arts.  In the years following graduation, she lived abroad in Seoul, South Korea, where she developed an interest in psychology.  Meryl is currently working on research examining the psychological and health benefits of yoga with Lisa Conboy, Sc.D. (Harvard Medical School) and will be working in Dr. Pressman's lab at UCI.  She is interested in positive psychology, well-being, health, cross-cultural psychology, and mind-body therapies. Upon completion of the post-bacc at UCI, Meryl intends to pursue a Ph.D. program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Danielle Parra (started program in Winter 2017)

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.

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.  

Sara Townsend (will start program in Winter 2018)

Sara earned her B.A. in Honors English Literature and Gender/Women's Studies from Scripps College in gorgeous Claremont, California. After graduating summa cum laude in 2012, Sara moved to rural Malaysia on a Fulbright grant, which she renewed for a second year in 2014. During this second year, Sara pioneered sexual harassment and assault programming for Fulbright in Malaysia and began collaborating with regional Fulbright commissions, as well as program partners in D.C., to expand the reach of her work. In 2015, Sara took on a one-year position with the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) coordinating the Fulbright ETA program; during this time, she developed policy and SOPs on handling various crisis situations, created a training program for staff on handling sexual assault, wrote a research-based 168-page staff crisis handbook from scratch, strengthened mental health resources, and spearheaded a project called "Navigating Identity," which seeks to diversify information available on living in Malaysia for Fulbrighters of varied backgrounds. In 2015, Sara also joined the Women's Aid Organization (WAO) as a Crisis Support Officer working with domestic violence survivors, a position she held until her departure from the country in 2017. After leaving Fulbright, Sara worked for an educational therapy organization, audited psychology courses, attended therapy skills training workshops, and assisted on research projects with a psychologist who specializes in attachment theory, art therapy, orphanage care, and adoption processes. Sara is very excited to be joining the Post-Baccalaureate cohort at UCI and currently plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology after completing the program.  In October 2017, Sara accepted a part-time, paid position as an Educational Therapist at OneMind Learning - her new employer has agreed to be flexible with her hours, so she'll be able to work in Dr. Silver's lab and complete her coursework while working at this position.

Francesca Trane (started program in Fall 2017)

Francesca graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. As an undergraduate, Francesca developed her passion for research while working in the Brain, Education, Affect, and Regulation Laboratory. There, she assisted with a school-based investigation of the behavioral and neural factors that impact children’s ability to stay engaged in learning. She is excited to further pursue her interests in educational neuroscience as a post-bacc student. Francesca will be working with Dr. Jaeggi in the Working Memory and Plasticity Laboratory on an investigation of the efficacy of combined cognitive and motivational interventions in children with ADHD. Following the program, she plans to apply to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology with the hopes of becoming a clinical neuropsychologist.

Pauline Wang (started program in Fall 2017)

Pauline graduated from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While at UCSD, Pauline found her passion of working with students while assisting the UC Links Preschool project to develop and modify existing curriculum. Following graduation, Pauline continued working with students as a high school volunteer program manager at Good Neighbors USA and as a behavioral interventionist at Easterseals. During the post bacc program, Pauline will be working with Dr. Wendy A. Goldberg to better understand the family context and the social and cognitive functioning of students with autism. Upon completion of the program, she hopes to earn her Ed.S in school psychology to aid in the research and betterment of educational diversification for students with various learning styles. 

Sonia Zavala (started program in Fall 2017)

Sonia earned her B.A in Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior from Wesleyan University in 2015.  She worked with Dr. Hilary Barth as a research assistant in the Cognitive Development Labs towards the end of her undergraduate career. During her time in the lab, she was able to analyze existing data to find differences in children's number-line estimation based on socioeconomic status. After graduating Wesleyan, Sonia worked as a lab manager and research assistant in Dr. Amanda Woodward’s Infant Learning and Development Lab at the University of Chicago. Here, she was able to work with children as young as 10-months-old and learn how to run eye tracking studies. Now, Sonia is a Registered Behavioral Technician and works as a behavior therapist with children who have been diagnosed with autism. Sonia is excited to work with Dr. Fortier as a research assistant in the UCI Center on Stress and Health at CHOC. After completion of the program, Sonia hopes to pursue a Ph.D in 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, without having to work as a TA) 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.  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 starting grad school.  Bryan was accepted to Social Psychology Ph.D. programs at 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), and he decided to attend Cornell (which he started in Fall 2017).

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 + funding to participate in the competitive edge program in Summer 2017), and she accepted our offer!  She began our graduate program in Summer 2017.

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.  Recently, she was admitted to the Developmental Psych Ph.D. program at UC Santa Barbara (with the "Psychological & Brain Sciences California Fellowship" which includes two years - and four summers - of funding without having to work as a TA) and research-oriented master's programs at CSU Can Marcos (with a $3,000 research assistantship), Cal State Northridge, and Cal State Fullerton.  She has accepted the offer at UC Santa Barbara and started this program in Fall 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 and a paid, part-time learning assistant position in Dr. Novaco's Violence in Society course.  Rammy was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Social Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, which he began in Fall 2017.

Eumie Jhong (completed in 6 quarters: Fall 2015 through Winter 2017)

Eumie earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from The New School in 2015.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Eumie conducted research in Dr. Elizabeth Loftus' Eyewitness Memory lab and in Dr. John Hipp's Lab for the Study of Space and Crime, and she completed courses in Human Development in a Cross Cultural Perspective, Human Stress, Statistics, Positive Psychology, Research Design, as well as a graduate seminar about Memory & the Law.  She also presented a poster at the UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in May 2016.  Shortly before completing our program, Eumie was accepted to Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. programs at the University of Texas at Austin and at SUNY - Hunter.  She has accepted the offer at UT Ausin (working with Dr. Art Markman), and she began this Ph.D. program in Fall 2017.

Sonia Lindner (completed 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 began 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 February 2017, Sanam was accepted to the Clinical Ph.D programs (with a forensic emphasis) at 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 has decided to attend Simon Fraser University.  She began this program in Fall 2017.

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.  In January 2017, Erika also started working as a (paid) part-time research assistant in Dr. Charles' Emotion Research Lab.  In March 2017, Erika was accepted to the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at Arizona State University to work with Dr. Shiota in her SPLAT Lab (Shiota Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Testing); she started this program in Fall 2017.

Esther Kim (completed in 4 quarters:  Winter 2016 through Fall 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 Fall 2017, Esther began the Ph.D. program in Developemental Psychology at North Carolina State to work with Dr. Lynne Baker-Ward, where she was offered a 4-year teaching assistantship (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.

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.  Ben was recently accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico, where he started working with Dr. Vincent Clark in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior area 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 2017, Ryan earned his 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), and recently, he was accepted to the Psy.D. program at Pepperdine University.  He started the Pepperdine program in Fall 2017.

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.  After completing the program, she continued 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).   In February 2017, she was accepted to the Psy.D. program at Yeshiva University, which she began in Fall 2017.

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, while also volunteering as a trained listener and facilitator at the Community Helpline and working as a (paid) ABA therapist at CARD.  After completing the post-bacc program, Dallen was accepted to the Psy.D. programs at Cal Lutheran and the University of Indianapolis, and he has decided to accept the offer at the University of Indianapolis.  He started this Psy.D. program in Fall 2017.

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 began 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 started this Psy.D. program in Fall 2017.

Carly Steinberger (started program in Fall 2016)

Carly earned her B.A. in history from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 2012.  During her time in the post-bacc program, Carly worked in Dr. Silver’s lab (which focuses on coping with traumatic events), in Dr. Borelli's lab (which focuses on developmental psychopathology and attachment), and in Dr. Piff's lab (which focuses on social hierarchy, inequality, and emotion), and she completed courses in Abnormal Psychology, Research Design, Human Stress, the Psychology of Inequality, Applied Statistics, Lifespan Development, and Introduction to Human Memory.  In addition, she attended the Society for Research in Child Development conference in Austin in April 2017, and she will be presenting a poster at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Atlanta in March 2018.  Outside of UCI, Carly worked and volunteered at Chrysalis, a Los Angeles non-profit that helps homeless and low-income individuals find employment.  In July 2017, Carly was accepted to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Southern California (USC), and she began this program in Fall 2017.

Eli Bueno (completed program in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

Eli earned his B.A. degree in Criminology, Law, & Society from University of California, Irvine in 2016. During his time in the post-bacc program, Eli was the lab manager of Dr. Scurich’s jury research lab, and he completed courses in Abnormal Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Deviance, Psychology of Inequality, Applied Statistics, and Hardiness.  In April 2017, Eli was admitted to the master's degree program in criminology at Cal State San Bernardino and at Cal State Long Beach- and Cal State Long Beach offered him a paid research position working with Professors Malm, Perrone, and Binnall in which he will be evaluating the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion  (LEAD) program.  He accepted the Cal State Long Beach offer, and he began this program (and this research position) in Fall 2017.

Ronan O'Brien (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

Ronan graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Translation Studies. During his time in the post-bacc program, Ronan was a research assistant in Dr. Martin's Behaviors, Emotions, and Affective Neuroscience (BEAN) lab, and he completed courses in Positive Psychology, Research Design, Abnormal Psychology, Addiction, Adolescent Development, and Psychodynamic Studies.  He also completed a field study internship at Outreach Concern ( a school-based counseling agency that works with students on a confidential, one-on-one basis to help them overcome obstacles that impact classroom performance), and he attended the Psychadelic Science conference in Oakland, CA in April 2017.  Shortly before completing our program, Ronan was admitted to the M.A. in Clinical Psychology program (with a Latino Mental Health Concentration) at Antioch University in Santa Barbara; he started this program in Fall 2017.

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 accepted 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 (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), when she began 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.

Gabrielle (Gabi) Aroz (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

Gabi graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is passionate in her pursuit of knowledge and learning. During her time in the post-bacc program, Gabi was a research assistant at UCI’s Center on Stress and Health under the advisement of Dr. Michelle Fortier, and she completed courses in Applied Statistics, Positive Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, Behavioral Science, Clinical Neuroscience, Human Stress, and Psychodynamic Studies.  Shortly before completing our program, she was admitted to the research-oriented psychology master's degree programs at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Dominguez Hills.  She accepted the offer at Cal State Fullerton and began that master's program in Fall 2017.

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 admitted to the master's program at Cal State San Marcos, San Francisco State, and Cal State Northridge, and she decided to accept the offer at Cal State  San Marcos (which she began in Fall 2017).  In this master's program, she will be working directly with Professor Bufferd on an NIH-funded project that aims to find predictors of depression in preschool-aged children.

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.  Since completing our post-bacc program, Cara was admitted to the M.S. in Psychology program at Arizona State University and the M.A. in Social Psychology program (with a co-concentration in Program Evaluation) at Claremont Graduate University (with a fellowship); she decided to accept the offer at Claremont (since it would allow her to stay close to her family).  She began this program in Fall 2017.

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.

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 work as a paid, part-time research assistant position in Dr. Cauffman's lab from January to June 2017.  Since July 2017, she has been working exclusively at CSP Youth Shelter while preparing to apply to social work graduate programs.  Finally, a little while back, Jessenia got accepted to the master's in clinical psychology program at Columbia University.  She ultimately decided that this program was not the right fit for her, which solidified her decision to apply to social work programs.

Tara Torres (completed 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.  In June 2017, Tara accepted a full-time, paid position at Stanford University as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for a cancer survivorship research lab; she plans to work at this position while preparing to apply to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.

Belinda Chen (participated for 2 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Winter 2017)

Belinda graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics. During her time in the post-bacc program, Belinda took courses in Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Science, Adolescent Development, Clinical Neuroscience, and Addiction, and she presented a poster at the Anxiety and Depression Conference in San Francisco; outside of UCI, Belinda 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 Spring 2017, so she decided to take a leave of absense from the post-bacc program to accept this exciting opportunity at UCLA.  She hopes to return to the post-bacc program (to finish up her last few classes) in a year or so, and she will apply to doctoral or master's programs in clinical or counseling psychology in Fall 2018 (to start in Fall 2019).

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.

Julia Yi (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

Julia earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016. During her tim in the post-bacc program, Julia had the privilege to work in Dr. Jamner's lab (which focused on psychophysiology, the interactions between psychological factors and physiological behaviors, and the effect of the social environment) and in Dr. Rinehart's lab (focusing on sexual assault).  She took courses in Advanced Research Methods, Clinical Child Psychology, Applied Statistics, and Clinical Neuroscience, and she completed a field study internship at the NRC Research Institute.  In addition, she presented posters at the Society for Behavioral Medicine conference in San Diego, CA in March 2017 and at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine, CA in May 2017.  After completing your program, she spent some time working as a shift manager at Luna Grill while also volunteering at the NRC Research Institute - and in August 2017, she accepted a full-time, paid position as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the NRC Research Institute.  She will work at this position while studying for the GREs and preparing to apply to Clinical Ph.D. programs.

Katie Thorpe (completed in 5 quarters: Winter 2016 through Winter 2017)

Katie graduated with her bachelors degree in Political Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (where she also discovered her love for beekeeping). During her time in the post-bacc program, she conducted research with Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Azim Shariff, and Dr. Ray Novaco, and she completed courses in Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Design, Adult Psychopathology, Basic Statistics, and Applied Statistics.  In addition, she audited a graduate-level Helping and Cooperation course, presented a poster at the Society for Personality & Social Psychology conference in San Antonio in January 2017, and gave an oral (and a poster) presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine, CA in May 2017; outside of UCI, she worked part-time as a Project Associate at International Litigation Services.  Since completing the program, Katie has continued to work part-time as a Project Associate, while also working as a part-time (paid) research assistants for Dr. Piff, Shariff, and Novaco and preparing to apply for Clinical Ph.D. programs.

Hwi (Lina) Lee (participated for 4 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Summer 2017)

Lina graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience. During in her time in the post-bacc programs, she worked as a research assistant for two quarters in Dr. Lukowski's Memory and Development Lab, and she completed courses in Clinical Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, and Brain Disorders.  She also presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston in May 2017.  Outside of UCI, she has been working 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 took a leave of absence from our program in Fall 2017 to focus on finding a full-time paid position so she can save money to enroll in a pre-med post-bacc program, which will be the next step in her long-term goal of getting accepted to medical school.  In September 2017, Lina offered a full-time, paid position as a Rehabilitation Technician at the RiverRidge Center for Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation in Maine, and she was invited on an interview for a (full-time, paid) Clinical Research Coordinator position at the UCI Medical Center.  She will see how things shake out with the UCI interview before deciding for sure about the RiverRidge position.

Lauren Eales (completed in 4 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Summer 2017)

Lauren Eales earned her B.A. in Music and Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. During her time in the post-baccalaureate program, worked as a research assistant for Dr. Heckhausen’s Life-Span Development and Motivation Lab and for Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab, where she was specifically looking at autobiographical memory. She also completed courses in Abnormal Psychology, Research Design, Life-Span Development, Applied Statistics, and Health Psychology, and she interned with the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach. She presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UCI and at the Association of Psychological Science conference in Boston in May 2017, and she will do an oral presentation at the Cognitive Development Society conference in Portland in October 2017.  In October 2017, she accepted a (paid), part-time postion as a post-bacc alum RA in Dr. Lukowski's lab, where she will work while applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.  Outside of UCI, she works a (paid) part-time position as guest artist manager for a symphy in Orange County and volunteers as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line. 

Cecilia Nunez (completed in 5 quarters: Winter 2016 through Winter 2017)

Cecilia graduated from UCLA in June 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Anthropology.  During her time in the program, Cecila conducted research in Dr. Lukowski's Memory and Development Lab and completed courses in Adolescent Development, Advanced Research Methods, Applied Statistics, Clinical Psychology, Addiction, and Clinical Neuroscience.  She also completed a field study internships at the UC Irvine Infant and Toddler Center and at Pathways Community Services, and she presented posters at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference at UCI and at the SoCal Symposium on Cognition & Language at UCLA in May 2016.  Since completing the program, Cecilia has been working as a part-time (paid) research assistant in Dr. Lukowski's lab while preparing to apply for Clinical Ph.D. programs, and in August 2017, Cecilia was invited to attend the University of Delaware's Clinical Science Visit Day in September 2017, an all expenses paid) visit day where research-oriented prospective students from underrepresented groups can learn more about doctoral training in clinical science and about the Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware.

Stephanie Hruza (completed in 5 quarters:  Fall 2018 through Summer 2017)

Stephanie graduated from Hamilton College in May 2016, earning a B.A. with a neuroscience major and a mathematics minor. She worked in Dr. Cauffman's Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab during her time in the post-bacc program, and she completed courses in Forensic Psychology, Violence in Society, Advanced Forensic Psychology Seminar, and Abnormal Psychology.  In addition, she gave poster presentations at the Western Psychological Association conference in Sacramento in April 2017 and at the Association for Psychological Sciences conference in Boston in May 2017, and she gave an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine in May 2017.  In October 2017, she began working as a part-time (paid) post-bacc alum RA in Dr. Cauffman's lab (while also preparing to apply to Clinical Ph.D. programs).

Molly Bresnahan (participated for 2 quarters: Fall 2016 through Winter 2017).  

Molly Bresnahan earned her B.A. degree in speech, language pathology, & audiology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2014.  During her time in the program, Molly worked in Dr. Lukowski’s Memory and Development Lab and took courses in Lifespan Developmental Psychology and Cognition & Learning in an Educational Setting.  Outside of UCI, she worked part-time as a speech-language pathologist.  In May 2017, Molly accepted a full-time job  as an Educational Therapist at One Mind Learning in Newport Beach.  She will work at this position while preparing to apply to graduate school.

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), and more recently, he has been working as the Educational Director for the 4th and 5th grade students at his church.

Allan Phillips (completed in 4 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Summer 2017)

Allan earned his B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis at Stanford University. During his time in the post-bacc program, Allan worked with Dr. Scurich (in the Department of Psychology & Social Behavior) and Dr. Lynch (in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society) investigating conformity and other interpersonal effects in a jury setting.  He completed course in Introduction to Psychology, Basic and Advanced Research Methods, Clinical Psychology, Psychodyanmic Studies, and Health Psychology, and he completed a field study internship at the Hanmi Hope Korean Family Center.  In May 2017, he gave an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine.  Since completing our program, Allan been working a (paid) position at a medical recording/transcription company (a position he also maintained during his time in the post-bacc program) - he will work at this position while applying to Clinical Ph.D. programs.

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 has been work full-time while saving money to apply to graduate programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; in 2017, Matt got a promotion at this company to "Tier 2 Support Specialist."

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.  Since completing our program, Marissa has been working full-time with the Irvine Company - first as a property assistant and now as a property coordinator.  She is considering applying to graduate programs in the future.

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 at Microsoft, first as a Strategic Account Coordinator and now as an Account Manager; in April 2017, she won "all blacks award" at Microsoft, which awarded monthly to one person in all of the West (LA, SF, and Seattle).  She hopes to return to the post-bacc program once things are less busy for her at work (and after working on paying off her student loans).

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 - first as a front desk manager, then as an operations manager, and now as an assistant general manager. She plans to apply to Vanguard University's graduate program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at some point in the near future, which will allow her to continue working full-time while going to school and applying the information she learns in her workplace.

Ellen Galstyan (participated for 4 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Summer 2017)

Ellen earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside in Summer 2016. During her time in the post-bacc program, Ellen worked in Dr. Cauffman’s Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Lab, and she completed courses in Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Principles of Public Health, and she worked for a few months as a full-time, paid Mental Health Clinic Care Coordinator at Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services in Los Angeles.  In addition, she presented posters at the Western Psychological Association conference in Sacramento, CA in April 2017 and at the Association for Psychological Sciences conference in Boston, MA in May 2017, and she gave an oral presentation at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine, CA in May 2017.  In Summer 2017, she began volunteering as a research assistant in Dr. Adam Leventhal's addiction lab at USC's Keck hospital, and in September 2017, she was invited to participate in the University of Delaware's (all expenses paid) Clinical Science Visit Day, which is an opportunity for prospective applicants from underrepresented groups to learn more about doctoral training in clinical science and about the Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware. The visit will take place in mid-September.  When she returns from this trip, she will begin a 20hr/week internship with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.  Ellen will take a leave of absence from the post-bacc program for at least the Fall 2017 quarter, while she focuses on this new USC volunteer position and her DA's Office internship.

Tiffany Chang (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

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. During her time in the post-bacc program, she was as a research assistant and lab manager in Dr. Chen's Socio-Cultural Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Development Lab (examining how various factors may influence children's level of conformity in social and/or stressful situations), and she took courses in Clinical Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Personality, Clinical Neuroscience, Applied Statistics, Ecology & Evolution, and Neuropharmacology.  She also presented a poster at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston, MA in May 2017.  Since completing our program, Tiffany has been working as the State Director for California Miss Amazing Pageant (the pageant for girls and women with disabilities); this is a full-time volunteer position (with flexible hours), which she will work at while applying for medical school.  Tiffany has been volunteering this organization for several years - you can can watch a recap video of the most recent pageant at:  https://vimeo.com/211372023.

Joseph (J.T.) Tavernier (completed in 3 quarters:  Fall 2016 through Spring 2017)

J.T. graduated from UCI with a B.A. is Psychology in 2012. During his time in the post-bacc program, J.T. was a research assistant in Dr. Piff's lab (doing research on social mobility and economic inequality), and he completed courses in Adolescent Development, Cognition & Learning in an Educational Setting, Positive Psychology; Advanced Research Methods; Psychology of Inequality, and Applied Statistics.  In addition, he presented at poster at the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program conference in Irvine, CA in May 2017, and he attended the Western Psychological Association conference in April 2017 and the Association for Research in Personality conference in June 2017 (both held in Sacramento, CA).  Since completing our program, he has continued volunteering in Dr. Piff's lab while looking for (paid) full-time research assistant/lab manager positions and preparing to applying for Ph.D. programs in social/personality 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). After completing the program, he spent  some time volunteering 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 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.


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