Lab Assistants

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DOCTORAL STUDENTS

ALAINA  (Fall 2018-Present)                                                                                                 Alaina is currently out lab manager pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. She attended Case Western Reserve University for her BA in 2014 and the University of Maryland, College Park for her MPS in 2017. Her research interests include studying the impact of chronic stress on the development of internalizing disorders in childhood, development of prevention programs for childhood anxiety and depression, and the use of coping strategies as a protective factor against the development of psychopathology. Her clinical interests include mental health services for underserved youth, technology-based interventions for internalizing disorders, and evidence-based interventions for youth with anxiety and depression.

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MASTERS STUDENTS

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CHRISTINA  (Spring 2018-Present)                                                                                    Christina is a research assistant and joined the lab in the Spring of 2018 to gain involvement in developmental research.  Christina is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents. She has a variety of experience working with children through many years of babysitting and working in a clinical private practice as a neuro-feedback technician.  She is also involved in research regarding adolescent decision-making. Christina’s research interests are in child development and autism spectrum disorder. In the future, Christina plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology after graduation and subsequently open a private practice.

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GABRIELLE (Spring 2018-Present)                                                                                    Gabrielle is a research assistant and joined the lab in the Spring of 2018. She is currently Pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescents. She has previously graduated from Rutgers University Class in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education and Biology. Her previous research experience includes working in Dr. Rudman’s social psychology lab. Her experiences with children and psychology span over a wide range. She has worked as a one-on-one behavioral assistance in ABA skills training, preschool teaching assistant, and camp counselor. Currently, she is a clinician intern at the Youth Development Clinic in Newark, NJ. Gabrielle’s research interests include childhood development and autism studies. Her future aspiration are to pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology after completing her Master’s degree.

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                                                                                                                                       JULIA (Summer 2017-Present)                                                                                               Julia is a research assistant and joined Dr. Lakusta’s lab in the Summer of 2017. She is currently enrolled in the 5 Year Masters Program in General Psychology at Montclair State University. She has experience with children through babysitting and being a summer camp counselor. She loves to color, go to the beach, and play with her pets! Julia’s research interest is in Developmental Psychology as well as Social Psychology. She is hoping to get a PhD in Psychology and open her own clinical practice involving psychological assessment of children with a specialization in animal assisted therapy.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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YASMIN  (Summer 2017-Present)                                                                                         Yasmin is a research assistant and joined the lab in the Summer of 2017. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Mathematics. Previously, Yasmin was a research assistant for Dr. Ragin in the fall of 2016.  She is also a research assistant for Dr. Panorkou from the math education department studying how children learn STEM related concepts. She has also volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for classes involving 3-5 year olds at my local mosque. Yasmin’s research interests are in child development and Psycholinguistics. In the future, she plans to enter a PhD program in Quantitative Psychology.

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EMILY  (Spring 2018-Present)                                                                                                 Emily is a research assistant and joined Dr. Lakusta’s lab in the Spring of 2018 to gain language and developmental research experience. She is currently Pursuing a B.A. with a double major in Linguistics and Spanish, concentration in Translation and a minor in music. Her research interests are centered in language, primarily psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, bilingualism, (second) language acquisition and foreign language. Her future aspirations include attending a graduate program and becoming a certified Spanish interpreter.

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DIANA (Spring 2018-Present)                                                                                              Diana is a research assistant and joined the lab in Spring 2018. She is currently finishing up her junior year of her Bachelors at Montclair State University where she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. Diana is also currently working as a research assistant in Dr. Lowe’s Trauma and Resilience Lab and working as a neurofeedback technician at a Psychotherapy office as an intern. Diana’s research interests involve looking at the different types of trauma experienced among the childhood years and studying how those experiences could affect an individual as they enter their adolescent years. Particularly, she is eager to learn how critical the childhood period is in regards to mental health and how it can lead to adolescents developing long-term mental health issues. With that said, in the future Diana plans on applying to Clinical Psychology Master programs and perusing one after she graduates from Montclair. After that, she would like to get her license and begin applying to both PsyD and PhD programs also in Clinical Psychology.

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YEYSON  (Summer 2018-Present)                                                                                         Yeyson is a research assistant who joined Dr. Lakusta’s lab in the Summer of 2018.  He is currently a senior at Montclair State pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. He has prior experience working with children at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center, an inclusive day care center, where he works as a student assistant. In his spare time he enjoys reading and writing. Yeyson’s research interests are the physical and psychological development of children/adolescents. He is also interested in developmental processes/delays and how they impact the overall health of children. After graduation, he plan to attend medical school and become a pediatrician, specializing in behavioral pediatrics.

KALI (Summer 2018-Present)                                                                                                  Kali is a research assistant who joined the Cognitive and Language Development Lab in the Summer of 2018 and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the field. Currently, Kali is pursuing a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. She is a fourth year student at Montclair State with an interest in developmental psychology. She enjoys working with children in different fields, and has gained experience babysitting and volunteering in a kindergarten classroom at Abington Avenue Elementary in Newark, NJ. Her future aspirations are to pursue a Master’s Degree and eventually join a PhD program to continue studying the development of children.

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ALEX (Spring 2019-Present)                                                                                                   Alex is currently completing his last semester for his B.A. of psychology with a sociology minor. His research interests include health psychology, personality, cognition, and industrial / organizational psychology. In the fall semester of 2017, he helped coordinate a community-based health fair for school children under the guidance of health psychologist, Doctor Ragin. He has continued to conceptualize, analyze, and interpret data as a research assistant for Doctor Ragin. He is pleased and excited to currently be a research assistant at Doctor Lakusta’s lab, a site where children’s psycholinguistics, development, and cognition are explored. In addition to continuing his current research experiences, Alex plans to study industrial / organizational psychology at the graduate level. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and playing video games

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SOME PAST RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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NICOLE (Summer 2018-Spring 2019)                                                                                 Nicole was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Summer of 2018. She is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Public Health. She has experience working with children at the Children and Family Services unit at Careplus NJ as a Supervised Visitation Program assistant. Her research interests include child and adolescent mental health and development. Her future aspirations are to pursue a Master’s Degree in social work and obtain a license in clinical social work (LCSW).

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HOLLY  (Fall 2016-Summer 2018)                                                                                         Holly was a research assistant who joined the lab Fall of 2016. Since then, she has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her experience working with kids comes from years of babysitting and working on an inpatient unit for children and adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral health issues. She is also involved with research regarding developmental factors of anxiety disorders in children. Her research interests are in both normal and abnormal aspects of child development, childhood anxiety disorders, and child/adolescent mental health in general. In the future, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

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MELANIE (2016-2018)                                                                                                             Melanie was our former lab manager. After returning from a semester abroad in France, she decided to begin her position as lab manager in 2016. During this time, she was finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Montclair State University and graduated May 2016. While an undergrad, Melanie was a research assistant for Dr. Campanella. She also volunteered at Good Grief and Rocking Horse Rehab, helping with therapy sessions. She has assisted with outreach and research at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Montclair, and was a teacher’s assistant for Child and Developmental Psychology courses. Melanie then received her Master of Arts in General Psychology at Montclair. Melanie is now pursuing a Ph.D program in Australia! Her research interests are development of children and adolescents.

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CHELSEA (Spring 2017-Spring 2018)                                                                                   Chelsea was a graduate research assistant who joined the lab Spring 2017. Since then, she has finished her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescents. Before that, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education Certification and graduated January 2014. She has experience with children in various forms. She has been an Elementary and preschool teacher and have spent numerous years as a nanny. Chelsea’s research interests are exploring child development and infant/child Mental Health. She plans to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology and eventually open her own pediatric private practice.

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SAMANTHA (Summer 2015-Spring 2018)                                                                       Samantha was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Summer of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a certification in Child Advocacy and Policy. Currently, she is pursing a M.A. in School Psychology Kean. She has previously volunteered at Deirdre’s House, which deals with victims of sexual abuse. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring new places and expanding my knowledge of the ASL language. Her research interests include school psychology, particularly social justice within a school wide and systemic context, bullying and aggression, and prevention and intervention strategies.

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MICHELLE (Summer 2015-Spring 2018)                                                                            Michelle was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Summer of 2015. She has received her B.A. in Psychology, with minors in both Russian and Women & Gender Studies. Currently, she is the Lab Manager of an Infant and Cognition Lab at Perdue University. Her research interests are in Psycholinguistics.

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KELLY (Spring 2017-Spring 2018)                                                                                        Kelly was a research assistant who joined the lab in Spring 2017 to complete an independent research study, as well as to gain experience and grow in the lab as a research assistant. She has completed her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Portuguese, and currently works for Apple. She has experience with children through babysitting as well as teaching Sunday School voluntarily. Her research interests are in Child Developmental Psychology. She hopes to do research with adults in the field of Behavioral Psychology.

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BILL (Summer 2017-Spring 2018)                                                                                           Bill was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Summer of 2017 and was working with children in Newark at the Youth Development Clinic as well. He has received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescents at Montclair State University. Currently, Bill is the Lab Manager of an Infant Cognition Lab at Harvard University. After getting his doctorate, he would like to open up his own practice.

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CARLA (Spring 2016-Spring 2017)                                                                                         Carla was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Spring of 2016 after taking Dr. Lakusta’s developmental psychology class. She completed her B.A. in Psychology in 2017. She has experience working with toddlers and young children at a daycare and through several years of babysitting. Her research interests are children’s knowledge representation and language development and she wishes to obtain a PhD in child and family clinical psychology.

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DAWN (Fall 2016-)                                                                                                                   Dawn was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Fall of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2016. During this time, she was an intern at the Kessler Foundation’s Stroke Lab in West Orange. She previously worked in Dr. Yoav Arieh’s lab for 2 semesters completing her Psychology Honors research thesis in Music Perception. She has also worked in Dr. David Townsend’s lab for 2 semesters exploring areas in the field of Psycholinguistics using eye tracking. Dawn’s research interests are in the effects of poverty on social well-being and cognitive development. She is also involved with non-academic research into Universal Basic Income and alternative socio-economic models. She hopes begin a PhD program in 2018.

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MEGAN (Spring 2016-)                                                                                                            Megan was a research assistant who joined the lab Spring 2016. Since then, she has completed her B.A. in Psychology. She has experience working with children through volunteer organizations such as Key Club International and Rotary International. She regularly took part in the “Caring for Kids” events, which allowed students to reach out to children within the community. Her research interests are generally in everything related to psychology. However, she is incredibly interested in exploring new and exciting psychological concepts. Her future aspirations are become an Experimental Psychologist where she can work in a lab.

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JENNIFER (Spring 2016-)                                                                                                      Jennifer was a graduate research assistant who joined the lab in Spring 2016. She has pursued her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a certificate in Child Advocacy & Policy the year prior. Now, she is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescents and a School Psychology Certification. She is also a teaching assistant in the Psychology department. Prior to this role, she has had experience working with children as a behavioral assistant, at Ben Samuel’s Children’s Center, Boys and Girls Club of Clifton, as well as in public schools. Jennifer’s research interests are the development of infants, children, and adolescents in urban public schools. In the future, she would like to pursue a Ph.D in School Psychology. Her ultimate goal is working as a school psychologist in an urban area. She would also like to become and adjunct professor.

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MARIA (Fall 2014-)                                                                                                                   Maria was a research assistant who joined the lab Fall 2014. She has since graduated from her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Computer Science in May 2017. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D at Temple University. When she is not in class or at the lab, you can most likely find her reading, sketching, painting, or seeing plays in the city. She also enjoys spending her time learning Italian and coding projects in Java and HTML.Her research interests are in cognitive neuroscience, particularly neurocognitive development of memory and social cognition, as well as neural correlates of creativity and morality. Maria wishes to earn a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.

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MADDY (Summer 2015 and 2016)                                                                                        Maddy was a research assistant who pursed a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She was a visiting research assistant from Johns Hopkins University for the Summers of 2015 and 2016. She has experience with children from working at summer camps and preschools. Her research interests are in Child language acquisition and she wants to obtain her Master’s in Social Work.

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KARINA (Summer 2016-)                                                                                                       Karina was a research assistant who joined the lab in the Summer of 2016. Previously, she graduated from her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2014. She loves being a mom and spending time with her daughter, Zoe Bella. In her free time she enjoys riding my bike, making jewelry, taking photos, reading, and watching Ted talks. Her research interests are Brain plasticity, language development in bilingual children, and the relationship between motivation and emotions on productivity in the workplace. After her graduation in May 2017, she plans to obtain her Master’s Degree in Psychology.

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AMRITA (Fall 2014-)                                                                                                                Amrita was a graduate research assistant who joined the lab Fall 2014. She has since graduated from her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent psychology and a Certification in School Psychology in May 2016. Before that, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University in May 2013. She also had worked at NJIT for a year doing individual support care. Amrita’s research interests are Child and Adolescent development. In the future, she wishes to become a child/family clinical psychologist.

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DANIELLE (2014-2016)                                                                                                        Danielle was a former lab manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology May 2014 and her Master of Arts in General Psychology May 2016. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Montclair State. During her undergraduate studies at Montclair State she also worked as a Lab Manager and a research assistant for Dr. Jason Dickinson. The two projects she worked on were “Collaborative Research: The Impact of Disclosure History and Interviewing Protocol on Children’s Eyewitness Testimony” and “The Effects for Interview Forecasting and Cognitive Control on Children’s Eyewitness Testimony.” Her research interests are Children’s eyewitness and autobiographical memory development with a focus on how children categorize and organize memory. In the future, she wishes to pursue a career within the legal system, helping children to report their experiences while preserving accuracy.

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JESSICA (Fall 2014-)                                                                                                                 Jessica was a graduate research assistant who joined the lab Fall 2014. At the time, she was pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduated May 2014. Afterward, she received her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Certification in School Psychology. In the past, she has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Dickinson on a project named The Effects for Interview Forecasting and Cognitive Control on Children’s Eyewitness. She also has experience with children through babysitting and from currently shadowing a school psychologist team at a public school district in North New Jersey. Jessica’s research interests are in Child Development and she plans to work as a school psychologist in a public school district

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DEANNA (Spring 2013-)                                                                                                        Deanna was a research assistant who joined Spring 2013. She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2016. She has gained a great deal of experience with children through babysitting.  At the time, she was currently a paraprofessional at a private school for children with special needs. Her research interests are in Child Development and she plans to receive her Master’s degree in Psychology.

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STEPHANIE                                                                                                                            Stephanie was a graduate research assistant and received her Master of Arts in General Psychology May 2012.

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OMARIS                                                                                                                                     Omaris was a graduate research assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2013 and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology in May 2015. At the time, she was working full-time as a case manager in Union County with children and adolescents through school systems, DCP+P, and various treatment and residential facilities.

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DAPHNE                                                                                                                                   Daphne was a research assistant and she received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Psychology.

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MOIRA                                                                                                                                          Moira was a research assistant and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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KELSEY                                                                                                                                       Kelsey was a research assistant. She graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.After that, she became a graduate student at Sacred Heart University in the Occupational Therapy program. She was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Honor’s Society, Pi Theta Epsilon, and was elected the president of Sacred Heart University’s chapter for this organization. Her duties include ensuring we meet all of our goals and requirements, running the meetings and updating members about national happenings for Pi Theta Epsilon. In addition to this, she is remaining involved in research through different symposiums and conferences. In October she attended the Lead the Way symposium at Boston University and have recently signed up to volunteer at two major occupational therapy conferences. As a member of Pi theta Epsilon she will be representing Sacred Heart University at the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association. She was accepted to partake in a Service learning opportunity where she will be going to Guatemala to offer services on an interdisciplinary team. She will work alongside my professors as well as students in the fields of nursing, physical therapy and speech pathology to volunteer our healthcare services to those that otherwise may not receive it.

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DELORES                                                                                                                                  Delores was a research assistant who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Advocacy. After that, she became a full-time student pursuing an MSW. She also was interning at an Early Learning Center within the Early Head Start program.

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AMANDA                                                                                                                                Amanda was a research assistant who graduated May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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JESSICA                                                                                                                                      Jessica was both a research assistant and former lab manager. She got her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2013 and in May 2014 received her Master of Arts in Teaching Students with Disabilities and Inclusive Education. At the time, she was working as a reading specialist while pursuing a career teaching students of all abilities.

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KATIE (2012-2014)                                                                                                                     Katie was a graduate research assistant and former lab manager. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Certification in School Psychology in May 2015. At the time, she was working as a school psychologist in a public high school in Bergen County, where she manages cases for 10th – 12th grade students. She conducts psychological evaluations and provide counseling support.

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SARA (2013-2014)                                                                                                                        Sara was a research assistant and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2014.

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MEGAN (2011-2014)                                                                                                                 Megan was a research assistant and previously graduated in May 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Megan at the time was in her first year of doctoral level studies in the Combined School-Clinical Child Psychology PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is a research assistant and has begun training in intelligence and achievement test administration.

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MARIJA (2011-2013)                                                                                                                Marija was a research assistant and finished her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2012. After, she completed her Masters degree in Psychology and graduated May 2015. At the time, she was working full time as a renal social worker in dialysis center in Manhattan. She also managed a research study at Fordham University that evaluates 16 senior centers in 5 boroughs of NYC. She has her license in both NY and NJ.

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SERINA (2012-2013)                                                                                                                Serina was a research assistant who graduated n August 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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LAUREN (2011-2013)                                                                                                             Lauren was a research assistant who graduated in May 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At the time, she was currently in her 3rd year of her doctoral program and laying the foundation for her dissertation. Her current research interest is developing interventions to increase interest and self-efficacy for children in STEM fields. She is also teaching her second semester at Middlesex County College.

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NOELLE (2011-2013)                                                                                                                Noelle was a research assistant who graduated in May 2011 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Since she left the lab, she became a certified medical assistant and spent a year and a half working at a pediatric urgent care office. She then went to PA school at Rutgers University.

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JESSICA (2009-2011)                                                                                                                Jessica was a research assistant in the lab. Afterward, she began working on her Clinical Psychology PsyD from Loyola University in Maryland. She also completed an internship at the NJ VA Hospital working with veterans. She finished her dissertation, and graduated in May 2016.

 

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