Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nia Aldridge

(October 2021 – Present)

I am a senior majoring in clinical psychology. Within the lab, I am currently working on the qualitative data transcriptions for the ASPIRE program. I am interested in pursuing graduate school and doing further research in the development of schizophrenia-related disorders and autistic catatonia. I am also interested in what are the individual differences in risk & protective factors concerning emotional, social, and psychodynamic domains in young people.

Sofia Anderson

(August 2023 – Present)

I am a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in social work. Within the lab, I am working on the Social Identity Map Studies by collecting qualitative data. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I plan on going to graduate school and becoming a mental health professional. I am interested in research concerning how to make mental health care accessible to different cultures. In my free time, I like to crochet, bake, and binge-watch television.

MB Cornejo

(June 2022 – Present)

I am a senior majoring in clinical psychology and I am currently working on both the SIMS and ACED studies. My passion area includes the mental health and wellbeing of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks. Outside of the lab, I am a paid Counseling Center Paraprofessional as well as an Inclusion and Leadership Mentor through University Housing. Also, I love to dance and I am a choreographer for the competitive dance company that I trained with growing up.

Shalini Kolli

(August 2023 – Present)

I am a junior majoring in Clinical Psychology and minoring in MCB. Currently in the lab, I am working on participant collection in the BIPOC Social Identity Map Studies. My goal is to become a Clinical Psychologist through a Psy. D program and serve a diverse community with a focus on cultural influences on mental health.

Mia Nieto

(August 2023 – Present)

I am currently a junior majoring in Clinical/Community Psychology. Within the CHRI lab, my responsibilities include participant data collection for BIPOC SIMS. In future research, I would like to study children and adolescents of color from a psychopathological perspective. Long-term, I hope to become a Clinical Psychologist, while serving and providing more accessible resources to minority communities along the way. In my spare time you’ll find me crocheting, baking, and petting any animal in my vicinity.

Denaiya Pendleton

(August 2023 – Present)

I am a junior majoring in clinical psychology and minoring in Spanish. I am currently working on the SOBS project in the CHRI lab where I will be working on literature review. I aspire to go to graduate school to do research on issues related to minority groups and examining how their interpersonal relationships impact their psychological well-being. Lastly, in my free time I enjoy dancing, playing basketball and volleyball, and hanging out with my friends.

Khushi Thakkar

(August 2023 – Present)

Hi everyone! My name is Khushi Thakkar and I am from Schaumburg, Illinois. I am currently a Junior majoring in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Informatics and Business working on the SIMS project! I am extremely interested in the impacts of developmental factors and deprivation experiences in adolescents and young adults as well as working to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and clinically practice!

Gloria Yang

(June 2022 – Present)

I am a senior majoring in Clinical/ Community Psychology with a minor in Public Relations. Being in the Cultural Heritage and Racial lab I am working on Social Identity Map Studies as well as transcriptions to further collect qualitative data. I hope to further my studies in graduate school and develop a stronger background in research. My hobbies include dancing, binge watching reality tv, and finding yummy restaurants!