Annabelle is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. Her research interests include clinical and counseling psychology as well as developmental psychology. She is particularly fascinated by the impact of child-parent interactions on the emotional development of children. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in clinical child psychology and teach university courses on the side. Through this, she hopes to improve the quality of people’s lives by helping children progress into emotionally stable adults. Aside from school, Annabelle enjoys exploring the city of Austin, playing guitar, and taking her dog to the park.
I am a fourth-year Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. My research interests include Counseling and Clinical Psychology. I am particularly interested in studying the social determinants of health behaviors, how interpersonal relationships affect mental health, and effective counseling interventions. My future career goals are to obtain my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology. I am currently a research assistant working with Santiago on his research studies.
Kristene is a senior majoring in Medical Laboratory Science with a certificate in Forensic Science. Before pursuing her clinicals at Austin State Hospital, she has been dedicated to developing her research skills in her growing interest, psychology. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant, working under doctoral student Santiago Papini. Kristene’s free time is spent enjoying everything Austin has to offer, and spending time with her friends and family.
Naomi is a junior double majoring in Accounting and Psychology. Her research interests include clinical and counseling psychology, and she is interested in the study and treatment of anxiety disorders. After she graduates from UT, she plans to work in industry by pursuing a career in accounting but may still apply to graduate school for clinical psychology or industrial organizational psychology later on. In her free time, Naomi enjoys reading as well as staying up to date on the latest TV shows and movies. She also loves traveling and trying new types of food.
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 freshman working in Santiago’s projects 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 art, playing volleyball, 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.
Catherine graduated from Sam Houston State University in December of 2017, with a major in Psychology and a minor in English. Catherine’s research interests include social and generalized anxiety, depersonalization-derealization, trauma, and the etiology and treatment of anxiety and stress related disorders. Particularly, Catherine’s current research focuses on the development of novel treatments for panic disorder using interoceptive exposure exercises. Catherine plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and is passionate about the idea of contributing to the development of novel interventions for anxiety disorders with a focus on depersonalization-derealization symptoms.
Sasha is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. Her research interests include depression, anxiety, mindfulness, and positive psychology. She is currently running her own study examining yoga as an intervention for test anxiety. In the near future, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and become a certified yoga instructor. Sasha’s hobbies include cooking, crocheting, playing piano, and singing.
I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry and pursuing the Business Foundations Programs Certificate. I am working under Santiago Papini’s research projects. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics or emergency medicine. In my free time, I like to dance (hip-hop), go hiking on nature trails, and shop at target.