Post-Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Research Assistants

Gabriela Granados

gmgra@umich.edu

Gabriela graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a BA in psychology and international studies, and received her MPH in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University in 2016. After working in the public health field for a few years, she is now a student in MEDPREP, a postbacc pre-medical program for career changers, with plans to apply for medical school next year. Her background and career interests are centered on the intersection of public health, psychology and medicine. Specifically, she is interested in the mind-body connection; correlations between mental and physical health; psychosocial, socio-cultural, and environmental influences on mental health outcomes; and holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human health/behavior and delivering quality healthcare. She enjoys cooking, exploring the food/beverage scene, moody music, hiking, printmaking, and snuggling with her cat.

Gordon Le

legor@umich.edu

Gordon graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 2016 with a BA in psychology and Social Behavior and would like to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology in the near future. He is interested in the developmental consequences of exposure to stress and violence in youth and adolescents, particularly in a maltreatment context. He enjoys reading memoirs, watching and playing all kinds of sports (especially football), and exploring new places to eat in Michigan.

Isabella Yzerman

iyzer@umich.edu

Isabella graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a double BA in English and Psychology. Most recently, Isabella earned her Master of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California. She’s interested in psychopathology, the intersection of psychology and forensics, and is currently working as a Crisis Interventionist for a suicide helpline. In her free time, you can find Isabella watching videos of dogs or anything on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Abigail Beihl

arbiehl@umich.edu

Abigail is a junior studying psychology and minoring in community action & social change. She is interested in how early childhood trauma contributes to the development of other mental illnesses. She is especially interested in the relationship between sexual trauma and the development of eating disorders. After graduating, she hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology. In my free time, she enjoys reading, writing, being outside, figure skating, and spending time with friends and family.

Anna Gareau

agareau@umich.edu

Anna is a senior majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Her research interests include studying various treatments for mental disorders. In her free time Anna enjoys camping, finding ways to stay active, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Anthony Bokshan

aboks@umich.edu

Anthony is a fourth-year student at the University of Michigan studying psychology and economics. His goal is to attend graduate school and eventually become a clinical psychologist. He is currently a member of Out of the Darkness, which is a club that strives to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention. In his spare time, he enjoys running, listening to music, and cooking.

Emily Furtado

efurtado@umich.edu
Emily is a senior double majoring in psychology and Organizational Studies. Her research interests include developmental and clinical psychology focusing on children with special needs. She plans to eventually go on to get a psychology Ph.D. In her free time, Emily enjoys trying new restaurants/cafes, playing the guitar, and writing letters.

Olivia Girvan

oagirvan@umich.edu

Olivia is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Science, Technology and Society focused in medicine. She is interested in understanding how the physiological mechanisms in one’s body as well as the environment one lives in both influence his/her mind and daily life. She is also interested in how specific biological processes in each part of the brain result in various outcomes in behavior and disease. She hopes to go to medical school and work as a pediatric neurologist in the future. In her free time, she likes to hike with her dog and travel to new places.

Sarah Samberi

ssamberi@umich.edu

Sarah Samberi is an international student from Malaysia. She intends to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, hoping that she can change how my people view mental health issues. She also has a favorite animal: dolphins.

Alaina Lurie

lurieal@umich.edu

Alaina is a junior anticipating majoring in neuroscience. She is interested in studying the genetic components of psychopathological traits. In her free time, she likes to bake, drink coffee, and participate on the equestrian team.

Kat Coyle

katcoyle@umich.edu

Kat is a third-year student at U of M studying psychology and crime and justice. At the moment she plans to attend graduate school, and she hopes to eventually pursue forensic psychology. In her free time, Kat enjoys running, reading, hiking, being in the sun, and watching Netflix.

Alice Galley

galleya@umich.edu

Alice is a junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Crime and Justice. She is especially interested in developmental models of psychopathology; prodromal symptoms of psychopathology for potential prevention; and the effects of trauma on the brain physically and cognitively. After graduation, Alice is considering pursuing a Ph.D in forensic psychology. In her free time, she enjoys babysitting, baking, and reading in her hammock.

Anna Gottesman

annago@umich.edu

Anna is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in statistics. She is interested in studying child development and forensic psychology. In her free time, she likes to play piano, go to Michigan basketball games, go camping, and watch criminal minds.

Carly Abrahams

abrcarly@umich.edu

Carly is a junior and is likely majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, on a pre-med track. Her research interests include applying psychological concepts to the real world and working with youth. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, along with dancing.

Jamie Terner

ternerja@umich.edu

Jamie is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and minoring in Crime and Justice. She is interested in psychopathology and the brain chemistry behind deviant behavior developing over time. When not doing school-related tasks, she is usually at dance practice, taking yoga classes, or watching a movie/show that somehow has to do with crime.

 

Emmary Smith

semmary@umich.edu

Emmary is a junior majoring in psychology. Her interests include developmental psychology and understanding different adversities children face and their effects. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Meegan Smith

meegansm@umich.edu

Meegan is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in Law, Justice and Social Change. She is interested in psychopathology, forensic psychology, and criminal justice. She hopes to purse either a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology or a JD in the future. In her free time, she enjoys playing water polo, discovering new restaurants and coffee shops, and traveling around Michigan.

Alison Albrecht

alialbr@umich.edu

Alison is a sophomore planning to major in Neuroscience and minor in both Music and Education for Empowerment. She is particularly interested in exploring environmental influences on adolescent development and the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders. Outside of the lab, Alison enjoys singing, traveling, working with children, being with family and friends, and sitting down with a good cup of coffee

Janani Gandhi

jagandhi@umich.edu

Janani is a sophomore anticipating majoring in neuroscience. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. In her free time, she likes cooking, knitting, and watching gymnastics.

Laurel Easley

leasely@umich.edu

Laurel is a sophomore studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Political Science. Her research interests include biopsychology and genetics, specifically in the development of children and adolescents. In her free time, Laurel enjoys playing field hockey, listening to music, hiking, volunteering in her community, and spending time with friends and family.

Leena Alhawati

lalhawat@umich.edu

Leena is a sophomore interested in majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She plans on continuing research in psychology related fields and possibly attend graduate school. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Ximena Mancilla

ximenam@umich.edu

Ximena is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice. She is interested in the mental health aspect within the criminal legal system and hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, exploring new restaurants and playing with her cat.

Yadira Estrada

yestrada@umich.edu

Yadira is a sophomore planning to major in psychology. She is interested in researching the environmental factors that may impact the onset of psychopathology, developmental psychology, and how childhood adversity impacts the brain and personality. In her free time, Yadira likes to spend time with her friends, watch Rick and Morty, and try new foods.

Lab Mascot

Ellie

Ellie made her MiND Lab debut in the fall of 2014 when she was adopted by Dr. Hyde, his wife, and Muumi the cat. She enthusiastically performs her roles as cutest lab mascot, chief crumb patrol officer, and head of lab morale. Her current research interests include the finer arts of bladder control, the digestible properties of sticks, and an answer to the eternal question of “who’s a good girl?!”