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 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.
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.
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.