Undergraduate research assistants

Mentorship is one of my favorite aspects of research.

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

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

Current RAs in the Childhood Cognition Lab (University of California, Riverside)

Roger Morales

Ashley Marin

Sarah Panameño (Honor Thesis)

Current RAs in the Social Learning Lab

(Boston University)

Ayna Molina

Lisette Thurkill

Tamara Katthain

Daniela Plana Trajtenberg

Lucia Pintor-Hoffman

 
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Former RAs in the Childhood Cognition Lab @ UC Riverside

Co-Existence in Explanatory Systems of Illness Project:

Longitudinal Study of Religious Cognition

(R'GOD) Project:

Rachel Cabrera

Miriam Chacon

Jiselle de Anda

Elizabeth Desantiago

Francisca Elizarraraz

Jessica Garcia

Marlen Gonzalez Duran

Cristal Gutierez

Paloma Iñiguez**

Belen Leon Perez

Jennifer Lopez

Anayeli Luna Reyes

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*

* Indicates RA was co-supervised with:

Anondah Saide (2014-2016), Christina Williams (2015-2016), and/or Alisha Conover (2018 - 2019)

 

** Indicates RA worked on both projects in the lab

 

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

Charlotte Adelaide Aloise*

Leelamrita "Swarna" Anooroop*

Houmayrah Jeeawody*

Varsha Ramdhunee*

Yashila Ramkalam*

Nachita Rosun*

* 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

 

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!

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

2017
2019

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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