Current and Past Students in the "A Lab" Research Team

Recent Past Students in Ph.D. programs

  • Farin Bakhtiari is working on her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at UT Austin
  • Jaclyn Gross is working on her Ph.D. in School Psychology at University of Arizona
  • Mario Herrera is working on his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Mississipi State University
  • Larisa Gavrilova is working on her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences at UC Merced
  • Kelly Whaling is working on her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at UC Santa Barbara
  • David Alpizer, is working on Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Washington State University
  • Alexander Reid is working on his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The University of Connecticut
  • Dani Yomtov is working on his Ph.D. in Education: Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment at The University of Connecticut
  • Kayleigh Welsh is working on her Ph.D. in School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.
  • Paige Seegan is working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University.

Current Graduate Students

Lisa Dalati, Lab Supervisor, is a master's student in clinical psychology and graduated cum laude with a major in psychology. Lisa’s education goal is to earn a Ph.D in clinical psychology, and her career goal is to teach at a university and research ethical violations in psychology. Her interests include hiking, running, reading, and spending quality time with close friends and family.

Hector Nolasco, Senior Researcher, is in the general experimental masters program and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN. His long-term career goal is to complete a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and to obtain a university faculty position. He hopes to conduct research pertaining to adolescent’s developmental outcomes. His hobbies include reading, working on cars, playing massively multiplayer online games, as well as participating in archery tournaments. 

Antranik Tony Kirakosian, Senior Researcher, is a master's student in clinical psychology and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN. His long-term goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and teach in higher education, and be a psychologist practicing therapy. Tony is interested in individual qualities related to the mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety) of young Armenians. Tony is an afterschool program leader and private tutor. His interests include photography, drawing, baking, and technological innovations.

Andrew Takimoto, Senior Researcher, is a master's student in general experimental psychology and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN. He plans to obtain a Ph.D in developmental psychology. Andrew’s career goals are to be able to do research on stress affecting young adults and how they adapt to the struggles of responsibilities and expectations. He is also interested in how mood disorders of a parent can affect a family and young children. His interests include swimming, hiking, reading, weight lifting, being more exposed to the arts (e.g., plays and museums), and going out with friends.

Jiang Rui is a first year master's student general experimental psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree in China. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in research psychology and become a professor and researcher. Her research interests include social cognition, emotion regulation, social emotional intelligence, and how these factors influence individuals’ well-beings and their social interaction with others. She enjoys horror movies, reading, cooking, eating cheesecake, and drinking red wine plus conducting research in horoscopes. She is a virgo-libra.

Xuejing Yao is a master's candidate in communication studies. After receiving a master's degree she plans to continue studying ain a Ph.D. program in the same field. Her research interests lie in the fields of media effects studies, entertainment studies, entertainment education, health communication, and intercultural communication and education. Her personal interest include working out, watching movies, exploring new hiking trails, trying different types of food, and playing music.

Postbac Students in the "A Lab" Research Team

Stephanie Dunn graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.S. in psychobiology.  Since that time, she has been working as a private tutor for students grades 6-12 and preparing for graduate school. She plans to earn a master’s degree and, ultimately, a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.  Stephanie hopes to meaningfully contribute to research that elucidates the both the psychological factors and neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders.  In addition to her scientific endeavors, Stephanie enjoys writing poetry and aims to one day have both her academic and creative writing published.  

Arlene Sagastume is currently a Post-baccalaureate research scientist and academic tutor with her bachelor's degree in Honor's Psychology. She currently tutors all academic subjects for grades K-12, as well as works as a lab coordinator for Dr. Luciana Lagana` whom she has worked with for three years now. Her long term goal is to complete a Ph.D. and become a professor in the hopes of aspiring young Latina women to follow in her footsteps. Her research interests are devoted to investigating what factors contribute to the connection between mental health and academic retention/graduation in Latina women of all ages. Her hobbies include: travel, cooking, spending quality family time, being outdoors, going to the gym, yoga, and trying new things!

Undergraduate Students in the "A Lab" Research Team

Carlos Corvera is a junior majoring in psychology. Carlos is expected to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology in Spring 2017 and plans to pursue a master’s and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology where he hopes to have his own private practice. Carlos is known to be a passionate soccer fan as he is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, and AC Milan. His interests also include reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, and he enjoys Marvel and DC Comics TV shows including Gotham, Arrow, and Agents of Shield, along with a variety of other action, comedy, and horror TV shows.

Vivian Nguyen is a senior at CSUN majoring in psychology. Her educational goal is to get a PhD so she can be a clinical psychologist. She is currently completing training with the CSUN Help Line. She especially wants to work with soldiers who went to war and are dealing with PTSD. In addition, she wants to work with people from different cultures where there is a stigma attached to poor mental health. She loves traveling and making adventures.

Jose Estrada is a senior and emerging researcher at CSUN, he is a psychology major and queer studies minor. He is planning to attend graduate school with aspirations of attaining a Ph.D. His research interests involve the intersectional relationships of Gender, sex, and ethnicity and their influence on a range of social factors. Including but not limited to, identity construction, community organization, career and academic goals, mental health disparities, experiences of discrimination, and stereotype threat. He hopes to become a mentor for future researchers who aspire to create social change.

Chloe Telles is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her interests include hiking, traveling to new places, the beach, poetry and learning about wellness on a holistic level. Chloe is currently volunteering at a hospital and at a non-profit organization called the Children’s Hunger Fund. Her career goals include becoming a primary care physician and eventually having her own private practice.

Richard Gonsalez is a junior entering his second year of research. He is interested in going into the field of industrial organizational (or business) psychology. His research experience involves (1) evaluation research, (2) qualitative work using critical race theory and inequities in education and  (1) quantitative work examining family factors related to mental health. He would like to do research that can be applied to everyday life as well as related to his interests in IO psych. He has many hours working in community service and has held leadership roles in these organizations.

Artin Chovardian, Is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in business law. After receiving a bachelor’s degree he plans to pursue a master’s degree and ultimately a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He is interested in learning more about social and personality psychology. His other interests include playing soccer, visiting museums, trying new restaurants, playing video/board games, and traveling.

Andrea Villanueva is currently a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in child and adolescent development. She is currently a part of the BUILD PODER program as a scholar. Her goal after receiving her bachelor's degree is applying and getting into a Ph.D. program. She is interested in the field of clinical psychology and focusing on individuals who are suffering from mental illnesses (especially youth) and identifying strategies to cope with stress. Some Andrea's personal interests include photography, traveling, reading, and writing poetry.

Arya Akhavan is a senior in psychology. Currently a pre-med student, his goal is to become a medical doctor and specialize in psychiatry. His research interests include psychosomatic disorders in the field of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and psychophysics. His other interests are photography, cinematography, writing, and exercise.

Mineh Nazari is currently a senior completing her B.A. in honors psychology. After receiving a bachelor's degree, her educational goal is to earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her career goal is to work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, as well as variety of emotional and behavior differences in home, school, and clinical settings. 

Yola Diab is a senior majoring in psychology. Learning is her passion in life. She aspires to complete a master's in clinical psychology and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  She would like to teach at a university and practice therapy as a psychologist.  She is interested in all aspects of human interactions and their relationships; this includes spending time with family and friends. Some of her other interests are reading, music, dance, and yoga.

Bryan Denq is a sophomore in high school. He is interested in studying sociology and psychology. His research goals include determining and understanding motivation and conformity among populations, as well as, devising ways to measure their intensities. He also wishes to explore humanistic and rational emotive therapies. He volunteers regularly with Tzu Chi International, which gives him both the opportunity to help the less privileged and to observe social behavior up close. His hobbies include hanging out with friends, analyzing artworks and sculptures, walking, and writing stories.

Darren Winograd is a senior majoring in psychology at CSUN. His education goals are to achieve a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. His career goals are to teach psychology while seeing clients. He currently works as a behavior interventionist at Autism Behavior Services, INC. and volunteers as the communications director of the CSUN Helpline. His interests include photography, film, cooking and running.

Kristina Davtyan is graduating in Spring 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She plans to continue onto graduate school to receive her master’s in experimental psychology. Her research interests include cognitive neuropsychology, pedagogy, and ecopsychology. She is a long time sustainability activist and spends her undergraduate years organizing student environmental groups on college campuses across California. Outside of the lab, Kristina enjoys discovering California’s diverse trails and is an avid DIYer.

Mike Martinez is a senior in psychology. He hopes to get into a Ph.D. program with his main focus on social psychology focusing on cultural influences. Currently, he works at an urgent care clinic as an x-ray technician. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar and writing music. He also enjoys spending time with is friends, CSUN Ambassadors, and JADE (Joint advocates on Disorder Eating).

Tina Jensen Kronqvist is a junior in the Psychology Honors program. Her research interests include the effects of social and cognitive factors on the mental health of young adult women. She is also interested in intersectionality and issues related to stereotyping and prejudice. She is currently looking into graduate programs, with her long-term goal being to earn a Ph.D. Her interests outside of academics include human rights, environmental awareness, hiking, yoga, the beach, writing and spending time with friends.

Brace Bacon is a junior at CSUN majoring in psychology with a possible minor in creative writing. Brace’s educational goal is to obtain a PsyD in clinical psychology and begin his own private practice, or work in a clinical setting. Although Brace has not determined the focus of his private practice, he is interested in exploring opportunities within the LGBT community as well as forensic psychology. He also plans to write a series of children’s books addressing challenges facing adolescents in “unconventional” households. He is currently volunteering at the CSUN Helpline, and also has an internship with the Los Angeles LGBT Center in West Hollywood. Brace works full-time as an estate manager and in his spare time enjoys tennis, travelling, and giving back to the community.