Undergraduate research assistants

Mentorship is one of my favorite aspects of research.

And no research project is completed without the collaboration of an army of research assistants (RAs).

I have supervised (or * co-supervised) over 100 undergraduate RAs since June 2014.

 

Lucia Pintor-Hoffmann

+ Honor Thesis Student

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Daniela Plana Trajtenberg

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Ayna Molina

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Sipriana
Recruitment @ Highgrove
Recruitment @ Rubidoux
Recruitment @ Olivewood
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BU RAs 2021
 

I have had the privilege of working with several research assistants

on independent research projects over the past few years.

Here are some of those people and their projects!

Survey of Vaccine Views of Hispanic Parents

RA Name: Sarah Panameño

 

Conference: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium

Date: May 2021

Project Type: Honor Thesis

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Examining cognitive reflection and executive function in Colombian preschool-aged children and their parents

Collaborator Name: Laura Posada

Conference: Cognitive Development Society

Date: October 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

Note: Laura was a collaborator and field research assistant on this project.

Cancer vs. cold:

Am I old enough to know?

RA Names: Maria Peña & Graciela Trujillo-Hernandez

 

Conference 1: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2019

Conference 2: R'PSYCH @ UC Riverside

Date: May 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Maria and Graciela contributed equally

¿Cómo se enferman las personas? Mexican-American children’s reasoning about the causes of illness

RA Names: Sipriana Rodela & Elizabeth Desantiago

 

Conference 1: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2019

Conference 2: R'PSYCH @ UC Riverside 

Date: May 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Sipriana and Elizabeth contributed equally

Does religion help you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?

RA Name: Saba Faridi

 

Conference 1: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2019

Conference 2: R'PSYCH @ UC Riverside 

Date: May 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

How positive and negative emotional views of God relate children’s conceptions of supernatural causality

RA Names: Laura Posada & Jack Lopez

 

Conference 1: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2017

Conference 2: Western Psychological Association 

Date: April 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Laura and Jack contributed equally

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The Relationship Between Adult Theory of Mind, Religiosity, & Belief in God

RA Names: Emily Nelson & Megan Weimer

 

Conference 1: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2018

Conference 2: Western Psychological Association 

Date: April 2019

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Emily and Megan contributed equally

Do kids really know what it means to be heartless?

RA Names: Kassandra Avila & Sohaib Ahmad

 

Conference: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2018

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Kassandra and Sohaib contributed equally

Would you rather go to the library or a party? Differences between bicultural and monocultural individuals in empathy, communication skills, and socio-emotional skills

RA Names: Lydia Ghabour & Shabri Patel

 

Conference: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2018

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Lydia and Shabria contributed equally

Religious and non-religious dating: Who’s more satisfied?

RA Name: Randle Aaron M. Villanueva

 

Conference: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2018

Project Type: Senior Thesis

Children don’t cite their sources: Source monitoring in concepts of God

RA Names: Ashley Claudio Torres & Youstina Beshay

 

Conference: UC Riverside Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium 

Date: May 2017

Project Type: Independent Research Project

*Note: Ashley and Youstina contributed equally

The relationship between pretense and children's understanding of possibility

RA Name: Christina (Stream) Williams

 

Conference: Western Psychological Association

Date: April 2016

Project Type: Independent Research Project

Note: Christina volunteered in the Childhood Cognition Lab at UC Riverside in 2016 before joining the lab as a doctoral student.

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Co-Existence in Explanatory Systems of Illness Project:

Longitudinal Study of Religious Cognition

(R'GOD) Project:

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Rachel Cabrera
Miriam Chacon
Jiselle de Anda
Elizabeth Desantiago Rivera
Francisca Elizarraraz
Jessica Garcia
Marlen Gonzalez Duran
Cristal Gutierez
Paloma Iñiguez**
Belen Leon Perez
Jennifer Lopez
Anayeli Luna Reyes
Ashley Marin
Roger Morales
Sarah Panameño
Maria Peña

Vanessa Peraza
Amahyrani Piña
Laura Posada**
Cassandra Rios
Sipriana Rodela
Mayra Rosas
Mayra Salas
Estefania Trevino
Graciela Trujillo Hernandez
Tracy Vargas

Frances Abalos*
Khwaja Sohaib Ahmad*
Kai Alexander*
Fiorella Atoche Fernandez*
Kassandra Avila*
Timothy Baum*
Youstina Beshay*
Iveth (Gutierrez) Bruner
Alysa Butler*
Ezra Cabreros
Valita "Minnie" Chailert*
Jasmine Chen*
Ashley Claudio*
Estefani Crisostomo*
Mithila Dastider*
Roxana Diaz
Haylee Drew*
Matthew Duffy
Keanna Dunn
Sonal Dyavarshetty
Fabian Fantilla*
Saba Faridi
Jessica Florentino*
Dominique Fonseca*
Lydia Ghabour
Dina Habib*
Tara Haidary*
Merna Hanna*
Jennifer Hernandez*
Insia Hirawala*
Zahra Hirawala*

Vedika Iyer
Kitcia Jaramillo*
Shirley Leanos*
Amanda Lopez*
Crystal Lopez*
Jack Lopez*
Neil Lopez*
Albert Ly*
Yolanda Medina*
Mayra Morales*
Angela Nagtalon*
Nicole Neermann*
Emily Nelson*
Laura Pacheco
Shabri Patel
Jake Perez*
Suki Quan
Alexia Ruiz
Daria Simpson*
Teresa Solis*
Susan Soudchantho*
Alysia Thind*
Austen Trainer*
Thao Tran*
Peter Van*
Randle Villanueva
Emily Weddle
Megan Weimer*
Tekeyah Whitworth
Anthony Zafra*
Jeanette Zazueta*

Average length of time working in the lab:

    1.1-years (Range: .3 to 2.5-years)

54% worked between 1.0- and 2.5-years

36% worked between .5 and .8-years

Average length of time working in the lab: 1.2-years (Range: .5 to 2.6-years)

   - 70% worked between 1.0- and 2.6-years

   - 30% worked between .5 and .8-years

2 RAs completed a senior thesis

10 RAs completed a year-long research project that resulted in a poster presentation

1 RA completed an honor thesis

6 RAs completed a year-long research project that resulted in a poster presentation

* Indicates RA was co-supervised 1 or more quarters with: Anondah Saide (2014-2016), Christina Williams (2015-2016), and/or Alisha Conover (2018 - 2019)

 

** Indicates RA worked on both main projects in the lab

Lisette Thurkill

Julian Zensen

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Former RAs in Colombia

Kelly Lopera Velásquez*

Andrea Ocampo Molina*

Jhesika Sierra Cuartas*

Mariana Veléz*

* Note: All RAs in Colombia were co-supervised with Laura Posada

Former RAs in Mauritius

* Note: All RAs in Mauritius were co-supervised in 2018 with:

Aiyana Willard, Dimitris Xygalatas, Eva Kundtová Klocová, Radek Kundt, Peter Maňo, and Jan Horský

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