Austin is a second-year Liberal Arts Honors student majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. In his first year in AHBL, Austin worked on the Strategies for Responding to Stress Study and the YMCA Quit Smoking Study, and he is now a research assistant under Christy Dutcher. His research interests include addictive behaviors, individual differences, and clinical psychology. In the future, Austin plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Aside from classes, he spends his time reading, writing, and talking to mentors.
Hannah is a third year psychology major from the University of Arkansas. Over the summer she will be assisting with the YMCA Quit Smoking Study. Her research interest include the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, and PTSD. She is specifically interested in creating better individualistic treatments for peoples who have experienced trauma and are dealing with PTSD.
Paula graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests include the etiology and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is currently assisting Jolene Jacquart in her research investigating the underlying mechanisms of exercise as an effective anxiolytic and antidepressant. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. In her free time, Paula loves to travel, listen to music, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Michelle is a 3rd year majoring in Public Health. She is currently working with Santiago on his projects as a research assistant. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school as well as obtain an MPH. Aside from school, she enjoys spending time with her puppy, Popcorn, and watching movies.
Lauren is a sophomore working on Santiago’s threat generalization studies and is currently majoring in biochemistry with minors in psychology and business. Her research interests include abnormal and clinical psychology, as well as neuropharmacology. As a young researcher she hopes to gain a broad range of experience in varying fields to help hone her interests. She plans to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist in the future. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys engaging in creative art, bouldering and eating tasty foods.
I am a third-year psychology student from Spring, Texas. My research interests include clinical psychology, specifically multicultural psychology and working with diverse populations. I hope to continue my education into graduate school to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and continue my research efforts. Currently, I work with Santiago on his research projects. Santiago is also my mentor for the IE pregraduate internship, through which I was awarded the IE Kuhn Scholar Award. I look forward to learning more about the clinical psychology field through my work in Dr. Smits’s lab.
Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2017 with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in biology. While working as a research assistant with Emily, she completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled Mindfulness Training, Exercise Level, and Anxiety Reduction in Individuals with Heightened Anxiety. Currently, she is still working on this research project investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness training through acceptance and commitment therapy in increasing exercise behavior. In the future, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology.
Raven is a third-year Biology major with a minor in Business. She currently works as a research assistant on Santiago Papini’s threat generalization studies. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and specializing in either Oncology or Psychiatry. Her interests include helping promote mental health awareness on campus through the Peer Educator Program in the Counseling and Mental Health Center.
Jessica is a junior and pursuing a psychology degree. She is currently contributing as a research assistant for Santiago’s threat generalization studies. Her recent interest lies in the user experience field. She is looking forward to learn more about user interface, product design, and coding. For her free time, she watches documentaries about modern history.
I am a second year Psychology major. Currently I am working on Santiago’s threat generalization studies. After graduation I plan on attending graduate school. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors and running.
Raven is a third-year Psychology major with a minor in English. Her interests include the treatment and study of personality and mood disorders, with particular attention to how they might intersect with sociocultural designations of race, class, and gender. She is currently working on Santiago’s threat generalization studies as an research assistant. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a practicing clinical or counseling psychologist, with the aim of eventually being able to cater to members of underserved and marginalized populations. Outside of school, Raven enjoys reading, debating, and studying film and other forms of media.
Samantha is a Senior at St. Edward’s University with a major in psychology. Her research interests include the anxiolytic, antidepressive, and medicinal uses of cannabinoids in mental health treatment, as well as, the neurobiology of addiction. She is currently working as research assistant on Santiago’s threat generalization studies. Samantha hopes to attend graduate school in pursuit of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on substance use disorder and its treatment. Outside work, Samantha enjoys tending to her garden, going on hikes, spending time with her cat, and weight training.
Thy is a senior majoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. Her research interests include counseling psychology, the study of trauma and mental health in the cultural views of the Asian American community and is passionate about treatment methodology spanning different cultural backgrounds and norms. Currently she is working in Santiago Papini’s threat generalization studies, and volunteering at Casa Marianella, an immigrant refugee shelter. After graduation, her goals include obtaining a masters in Counseling Psychology and becoming a therapist for families. Her hobbies include trying new food, hanging with friends, and indulging in animated media.
Priya Thomas is a first year MPH student at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Austin. She is currently working on Santiago’s threat generalization studies. Her research interests include clinical psychology, focusing on the epidemiology and co-morbidities of major depressive disorder. She plans to further her education in these related fields. Outside of school, she enjoys spending her time reading and playing video games.
Sabrina Nguyen is a senior planning to graduate May with a B.S. in Psychology. She is working with Santiago in his projects as a research assistant. Her research interests include abnormal and industrial and organizational psychology. After graduating, she plans to start a career in either management consulting or human resources consulting, as well as obtain a doctorate degree for industrial organizational psychology.
Former research assistants
Grace Jeong, McGovern Medical School
Thomas Nguyen, Master’s in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University
Rachel Nwaneri, Texas Tech Medical School
Maggie Tjia, Columbia University