Taylor is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is interested in the link between atypical cognitive function and how it affects intrapersonal functioning and interpersonal relationships. When she graduates, she hopes to attend medical school and go on to further study either neurology or psychiatry.
Hsuan (Shen) graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a major in Psychology and minors in theatre arts and economics. She is interested in mood disorder research, child autism and behavioral genetics.
Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
Samantha C. Dashineau
Samantha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2015 with a major in Psychology. She completed an Honors Thesis in the PPOL, which examined the effect of pathological narcissism on various domains of psychosocial functioning. She is primarily interested in how both overall and interpersonal functioning is affected by psychopathology, specifically in regard to Borderline Personality Disorder and pathological narcissism. In the future she intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Jonathan is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology & Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, with a certificate in conceptual foundations of medicine. He is particularly interested in the integration between neurobiology and psychology, particularly the biological foundations of mental illnesses. Major illness of interest to Jonathan are addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. After he graduates with his Bachelor’s degree, he wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience before applying for an Medical Scientist Training Program. His future career goals involve running his own psychiatric practice, continuing to pursue research in both neurobiology and psychology, and also teaching.
Honors Thesis Candidate, Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
Philip is a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in neuroscience. His primary research interests lie in using ambulatory assessment to improve post psychotherapeutic outcome by 1) developing predictors for who will respond to different forms of psychotherapy2) integrating EMA into psychotherapeutic practice and 3) measuring affect in dynamic processes like non-suicidal self-harm, emotional dysregulation, and eating disorders. He is a current Honors Thesis Candidate pursuing a BPhil degree at the University of Pittsburgh. His honors thesis involves examining psychometric properties of event contingent and signal contingent recording methodologies. He is also an RA in the Biological Affect Modulation Laboratory, led by Dr. Kymberly Young, in which he runs fMRI scans and manages recruitment, scheduling, and self-report data collection. He is presently writing a paper with his lab manager, Scott Barb, that examines linguistic biases within the autobiographical memories of depressed individuals. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
Sam is a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Jewish studies. He is interested in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and learning to treat mental illnesses. After he graduates he hopes to continue his studies and pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.
Marc Khouzami recently graduated with a major in both Psychology and Sociology. He is particularly interested in the research related to the social aspects of technology and how people interact with it. What he enjoys most about research is finding the practical applications of what he studies applying his findings in everyday life. He hopes to continue his education in a Ph. D program within the field of clinical psychology.
Jillian H. Kluss
Jillian is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. Her interests include the pathology and cognitive function of neurodegenerative diseases as well as psychiatric disorders. When she graduates, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. program.
Anna K. Knabe
Anna is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. She is interested in researching the causes and treatments related to anxiety and mood disorders. Her favorite part of the research is its potential to improve real people’s quality of life. When she graduates she hopes to go on to get her Masters in Social Work.
Sarah is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, and minoring in Chemistry, English Literature, and Studio Arts. She is interested in neural basis of consciousness and metacognition, and hopes to direct her own research someday. After graduation, she will be pursuing this in a PhD program in cognitive science.
Cynthia J. McCormick
Cynthia is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology. Se is now pursuing a Master of Social Degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Gerontology. Upon graduating she intends to gain clinical experience aiding the senior population and ultimately hopes to pursue a doctorate in social work. Her research interests include the development of personality pathology across the lifespan and the manifesting characteristics and challenges present among various age groups.
Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
Nkeiruka is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Economics. She is interested in the ways personality is affected by biopsychological functioning and disease. She is also interested in neuropharmacology. Her favorite part of research is the patient interaction, and upon graduation she hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology.
Alexa R. Packard
Alexa is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology. She is interested in learning about how personality disorders affect interpersonal relationships and how environmental stressors can add to this effect. Her favorite part of research is collaborating with others to get a broader understanding of the topics at hand. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to further study pediatrics and rheumatology
Mariah is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Sociology. She is interested in understanding the everyday realities of individuals affected by various psychological disorders. Her favorite part of research is interacting with participants, as well as the potential to discover or further improve intervention approaches. Upon graduating, she hopes to gain more clinical experience and attend a graduate program for counseling psychology.
Mathi is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. He is interested in researching maintenance and continuation therapies for major depressive disorder. After graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Carolina A. Ribo
Lina received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in studying personality and interpersonal processes. She is also interested in studying how psychology and technology can be integrated together to study individuals interactions with the environment, and others, more accurately. She hopes to continue her education and attend graduate school in the coming years
Jaclyn M. Ross
Jackie is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a concentration in clinical/counseling psychology. Her interests include couples research and observational data collection. She is particularly interested in how individual differences in personality and relationship qualities predict behaviors and outcomes in romantic relationships. Jackie is now a doctoral student in UCLA's clinical psychology program, where she works in the UCLA Marriage Lab with Dr. Tom Bradbury.
Lorraine Scott graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minors in Sociology and English Literature. She joined the Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory in 2016 as a Research Assistant. She is interested in interpersonal relationships, personality disorders, and attachment styles . After working in the lab, she hopes to attend attend graduate school to receive her Counseling PhD and become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Gabe is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University where he is pursuing a Bachelor's of Humanities & Arts in Psychology and Violin Performance with a minor in Neuroscience. He is particularly interested in studying maladaptive behaviors associated with personality disorders, specifically regarding the clinical implications of such research. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue graduate work related to the intersections between psychology/neuroscience and public policy.
Linda is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Anthropology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of psychopathology and health disparities. She is passionate to learn more about the implications of mental illness and social inequalities on individuals as well as societies. In her free time, she enjoys walking briskly, baking pie, and discovering local coffeeshops. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for Public Policy.
Kirsten E. Wong
Kirsten Wong is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Public Service with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in the clinical implications of research in personality pathology and mental health policy. When she graduates, she hopes to obtain her masters in Public Administration, influencing policy in mental health, education, and social services.
Leqi is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Applied Statistics. She is particularly interested in researching the causes and prevention related to schizophrenia and personality disorders. Her favorite part of the research is its focus on the connection between personality disorders and interpersonal relationships. After graduation, she hopes to attend a graduate program and get her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.