Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kendall Grayson :

Kendall Grayson


My name is Kendall Grayson, I am a senior majoring in Psychology. I am interested in the trauma and resilience of children who grow up in adverse environments and may experience racism and discrimination. I hope to pursue a career in Psychology and Social Work by increasing and providing mental health resources to children in the foster care system.

Serena Hao :

Serena Hao


My experiences leading up to my third-year in undergraduate studies have shown me that despite the fluctuations in my interests in goals, I have always been able to find comfort in the core parts of my identity. I have been able to maintain confidence in myself through leaning into my culture growing up as an Asian-American, the challenges I have overcome in doing so, and the people I have met while embracing it all. Consequently, I have developed a hyper-awareness to the effects that come with minority positions in communities and wish to diver futher into the cause and effects of marginalization.

Madeleine Wren :

Madeleine Wren


My name is Madeleine Wren and I am a second-year undergraduate student studying History and Political science. I am interested in exploring how educators and policymakers can address children’s perceptions of racism, xenophobia, and their racial-ethnic identities. In the future, I plan to attend law school and eventually pursue a career in Civil Rights law.

Jesus Calvario Aguilar :

Jesus Calvario Aguilar


I'm a senior on the pre-law track focusing on Psychology and Spanish. I am passionate about DEI and look forward to advancements in the lives of Latinx immigrants and other people of color. I am pursuing a career with law school as my goal. Equal education for all; pursuing a dream regardless of obstacles.

Paige Bost :

Paige Bost


I am a third-year undergraduate majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish and Crime & Justice. I am particularly interested in studying whiteness and how white children are socialized around dominant narratives. After graduation, I hope to ultimately attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in social or developmental psychology. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games with friends, biking, and being involved on campus.

Samedha Gorrai :

Samedha Gorrai


I am Samedha Gorrai, a senior majoring in Neuroscience I am interested to learn how parent and teacher relations impact children's perspective on racism and xenophobia. In the future I am hoping to work in healthcare policy.

Natalia Morato :

Natalia Morato


My name is Natalia Morato and I'm a senior studying psychology. I'm interested in looking at the impacts of inequality on mental health, especially in Latinx populations. I plan to continue pursuing my degree after completing undergrad and hope to one day have a private practice of my own.

Amanda Webster :

Amanda Webster

I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC) at the School of Social Work. I am interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary graduate school experience that combines my passions for psychology, education, and social work with an emphasis on social justice. I value social justice as it incorporates conversations around mental health and well-being. One day I hope to facilitate a safe space for people of all identities to find support and to receive the resources that they need, specifically around mental health.

Alumni (Undergraduate RAs): 

Ximena Mancilla (RA 2022), Nathan Schooner (RA 2022), Jiahao Yang (RA 2022), Anne Shorkey (UROP 2020-21), Alyssa Helfand (RA 2020-21), Madeline Tran (UROP 2018, RA 2018-20), Daniela Garcia (RA 2018-20), Sheyi Collier (UROP 2019-20), Valerie Martinko (UROP 2019-20), Daniella Mancilla (RA 2019-20), Tiahna Pantovich (RA 2019-20),  Rayanda Jones (RA 2019), Esther Sun (UROP 2018, RA 2018-19), Viviana Piceno (SROP 2019), Juan Sevilla (SROP 2019), Anang Modi (RA 2018), Ellen Svärdh (RA 2017-18), Emilia Prado (RA 2017-18); Kayla Strong (RA SUM2018); Jessy Navarro (SROP 2018); Christopher Platte (UROP 2017-18), Jose Lopez (UROP 2014-15; RA 2015-18), Lizbeth Diaz (RA 2017-19), Jeanette Figueroa (RA 2017-18), Eunice Park (RA 2017-18), Stephanie Stan (RA 2017-18), Nikki Penecale (RA 2017-2018), Faith Horbatch (UROP 2015-17), Mercy Tran (SROP 2017), Rachel Goldman (UROP 2016-17), Andrea Villafuerte Ballon (UROP 2015-17), Fatima Bilal (UROP 2016-17), Silan Fadlallah (UROP 2017), Sana Isaac (UROP 2014-16), Haidar Haidar (UROP 2014-15), Maria de Jesus Cisneros (SROP 2014), Tanya Kaplan (SROP 2014), Stephanie Miller (SROP 2016), Eesha Parasnis (RA 2017-18), Stephanie Peña (UROP 2014), Ariana Romero (SROP 2016), Nataly Sanroman (UROP 2015-16), Lillian Slavin (SROP 2016)