Annabelle is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. She is currently working on her honors thesis under Jolene Jacquart. Her research interests include the etiology and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, emotion regulation, and complex trauma. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in clinical psychology. Aside from school, Annabelle enjoys exploring the city of Austin, playing guitar, and taking her dog to the park.
I am a senior Psychology major and Statistics and Data Sciences minor. My interests include statistical modeling in psychology and workplace efficiency. I am particularly interested in the different methods of analyzing and improving workplace efficiency. I hope to attend graduate school for quantitative psychology. I currently work on the CPRIT UT YMCA Quit Smoking Study as well as Image Recognition Task Study.
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.
Hailey is a junior majoring in Psychology and pursuing a Business Foundations Certificate. Within the field of Psychology, she is passionate about the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and her career goals are to become a therapist or mental health counselor. She is currently volunteering as a research assistant for Jolene’s stress study and shadowing at the Level One Trauma Center in Temple for the survey and data collection of Santiago’s PTSD study. Her plans after graduation are to pursue her Masters in Counseling Psychology and become a certified marriage and family therapist. Outside of work and school, her interests include singing, photography, and exploring Austin with her chihuahua, Boba.
Jordan is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and Plan II Honors. Her research interests include clinical and social psychology. She is particularly interested in studying the connection between technology use and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. After graduating, she plans to get a masters in interpersonal communication and a PhD in psychology. In her free time, Jordan enjoys running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.
Nick is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science. He is currently working under Jolene Jacquart doing data entry, recruitment, and running the TSST. His research interests include treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. He plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in counseling psychology. Outside of school, Nick enjoys board and tabletop games, playing with his dog, and finding new places with great food around Austin.
Isabella is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in educational psychology. Her research interests include anxiety and depression, along with their intersection with medical illness. She is also interested in children’s awareness and understanding of changes in their mental health. After graduation, Isabella plans to attain a PhD in School Psychology. She hopes to become a pediatric psychologist so she can empower children and help them cope with mental illness during hardships. In her free time, Isabella enjoys listening to live music, drawing, and exploring everything the city of Austin has to offer!
Amrah is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. Her research interests include treatment of anxiety disorders, stress, and trauma. Amrah’s goal in life is to be a licensed social worker and help out refugees in this country who suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression and have problems adjusting in the United States. Her plans after graduating from UT are to pursue a career in social work. Amrah is currently a research assistant working on CPRIT YMCA quit smoking study and stress study.
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