Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kendall Grayson :

Kendall Grayson


My name is Kendall Grayson, I am a junior 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/providing mental health resources to children in the foster care system.

Serena Hao :

Serena Hao


As a sophomore majoring in Computer Science through the College of Engineering and minoring in User Experience through the School of Information, I constantly find myself in male-dominated environments. Consequently, I have developed a hyper-awareness to the effects of minorities within communities and wish to dive further into the cause and effects of marginalization. I plan to intertwine my passions and interests into the realms of artificial intelligence and graphic design.

Madeleine Wren :

Madeleine Wren


My name is Madeleine Wren and I am a first-year student studying History and Political science. I am interested in developing a greater understanding of how educators and policymakers can address children’s perceptions of racism and xenophobia. I hope to attend Law school and pursue a career in Civil Rights law.

Paige Bost :

Paige Bost


I am a sophomore majoring in psychology and Spanish. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in law or conduct psychological research with a focus on mental health and/or ethnic-racial socialization.

Samedha Gorrai :

Samedha Gorrai


I am Samedha Gorrai, a sophomore studying Neuroscience and minoring in Art and Design. I am interested to learn how parent and teacher relations impact children's perspective on racism and xenophobia. In the future I hope to pursue a career in Medicine or Law.

Sophia Grewal :

Sophia Grewal

My name is Sophia Grewal and I am a third-year student studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience on the Pre-Med track. I am interested in understanding the extent to which socioemotional factors influence human development, particularly children.

Natalia Morato :

Natalia Morato


My name is Natalia Morato and I’m a second year student majoring in psychology and still exploring minors. After completing my undergrad, I hope to one day receive a PhD in clinical psychology. I’m particularly interested in looking at the impacts of inequality on different identities, especially in regards to mental health.

Amanda Webster :

Amanda Webster


I am a third 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 a career as a mental health professional. Tangential to this pathway I value social justice as it incorporates into conversations around mental health and well-being. One day I hope to create a safe space for people of all identities to find support and receive quality mental health care.

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)