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

Recent Past Students in Ph.D. programs (A Lab Home)

Current Graduate Students (A Lab Home)

Lisa Dalati, lab co-supervisor, is currently in the final year of the clinical psychology master's program at CSUN. Following the completion of her masters program, she plans on pursuing joint JD/PhD degrees. Lisa's research interest centers on adolescent delinquency and the impact incarceration has on their mental health. As a doctoral student, she will investigate the effects of adolescent incarceration on their mental health and development, especially as it relates to disadvantaged and immigrant families. Her goal is to reduce recidivism rates among adolescents and emerging adults, with joint contributions to the field of law and psychology.

Antranik Tony Kirakosian, lab co-supervisor, 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 social psychology with an emphasis in quantitative psychology to become a data scientist. Tony is interested in researching the psychometric properties of anxiety and depression scales among minority groups. He is also interested in what causes reluctance in practicing environmentally-friendly behaviors. Tony is a research assistant with the CSUN Center for Assessment, Research, and Evaluation and a research intern with CSUN Institutional Research. His interests include practicing photography, drawing and coloring, baking, and reading current events for technological innovations.

Darren Winograd is a current master's student in clinical psychology. His education goals are to pursue a master's degree and later achieve a Ph.D., in clinical psychology. His career goals are to perform assessments for diagnostic purposes. He currently works at CSUN, couching students on using a new software introduced for clubs and organization. He also volunteers as the training director of the CSUN Helpline, creating and facilitating lectures to potential volunteers. His interests include photography, film, cooking and running.

Mineh Sahakian is currently a master's student in psychological sciences. 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.

Bar Gabay is currently a master's student in psychological sciences. Her future goals include obtaining a master's degree, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis on neurobehavioral-psychology. These degrees will assist her in ultimately gaining a job in a government agency. She is interested in working with a criminal justice agency in order to profile and analyze persons of interest. Her research interests include the perception of police brutality between male and female police officers, and the relationship between the frontal lobe and impulsivity.

Allison Temourian is currently a master's student in psychological sciences. Her long-term goals include obtaining her Ph.D. in social psychology with an emphasis in quantitative research. Allison has been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 20 years and currently provides assistance to newly diagnosed patients and their families. In her free time, Allison enjoys reading, dancing, writing, and trying new foods with her family.

Postbac Students in the "ALab" Research Team

Carlos Corvera, assistant lab supervisor, graduated with a B.A. in psychology in May 2017. Carlos' educational goals are to pursue a master's degree in clinical psychology followed by a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. His research interests include depression and anxiety in Latino adolescents and young adults. His career goals are to conduct research and have a private practice. His interests include playing/watching soccer, reading, watching comic book based TV shows, and spending quality time with family.

Eric Ashley graduated in spring 2017 with his B.A. in psychology at CSUN. Eric volunteered as a peer educator for The Blues Project, an organization devoted to raising awareness on mental health issues, specifically depression and suicidality in the CSUN community through tabling events or classroom presentations. He has reached many students and faculty members at CSUN about these issues. Eric would like to go to graduate school and eventually complete a PhD in clinical psychology to achieve his career goals, which are to teach, conduct research and have a private practice. In his spare time, he likes to work out at the gym and hang out with his friends.

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.

Mariyam Soorma graduated in May 2017 with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. She is planning on pursuing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works with adolescents suffering from suicide idealization. During her free time, Mariyam likes to cook and spend time exploring.

Undergraduate Students in the "A Lab" Research Team

Arya Akhavan, assistant lab supervisor, 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.

Andrea Villanueva, assistant lab supervisor,  is 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.

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.

Kevin Garcia is a senior at CSUN majoring in psychology, graduating spring 2018. His main goal, in reference to psychology, is to obtain his Ph.D. With his Ph.D. he looks to further extend the knowledge of psychology through research and to perhaps teach the next generation of students. He has a fascination with neuroscience and how the physical properties that make up the body influence our perception of the world around us. When he isn't busy with school or work he enjoys long walks down Main Street, while eating a churro, and laughing with friends.

Erika Janella Almira is a junior, a BUILD PODER scholar, and a psychology major in CSUN, expecting to graduate in 2019. She plans to obtain a master's degree and a Ph.D. to become a psychologist, a researcher, and a professor. She is interested in studying learning disabilities, mental illnesses, and substance abuse. She aspires to be a speaker in a TED talk one day and work in a hospital.  Erika loves swimming, traveling, art, theme parks, sharks, and In N Out!

Silvia Chitgian is a senior at CSUN graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in psychology honors. She hopes to obtain her master's degree in social work and ultimately become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As an LCSW, she wants to work in geriatrics. She is passionate about social issues in regards to aging, including age discrimination. When she has some free time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with family and friends and eating delicious food.

Gabriella (Gaby) Hinojosa is a sophomore at CSUN, majoring in psychology, expecting to graduate in 2020. Her education goals are to get her master's degree in psychology and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is interested in various mental disorders, specifically personality disorders and mood disorders. When she obtains her Ph.D. in clinical psychology she wants to work with adults or adolescents. She is passionate about spreading the awareness of mental health disorders. Gaby is also on the women's soccer team at CSUN, but during her free time she likes to listen to music, watch sunsets, go to the beach, and take naps. 

DoMonique Osborn is a second year master's student in the Applied Epidemiology program offered through CSUN's Public Health Department. Prior to that, she graduated with her bachelor's degree in Gender and Women's Studies. Her current interests are in public health and disability, mental health, and genetics. In the future, she hopes to earn a PhD followed by career in public health research. Across the span of her career, DoMonique aims to bring the lessons of both her humanities and health science education into her work, forming a holistic and compassionate approach in all her efforts.

Jasmine Rai is a current senior pursuing a B.A in psychology, graduating in the spring of 2018. Besides being part of Dr. Plunketts's research lab, she is also undergoing training for the CSUN Suicide Helpline. After earning her B.A from CSUN, she hopes to attend graduate school to earn a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her ultimate goal is to receive a Ph.D in I/O psychology and have a career in human resources and/or become a college professor.

Marika Tsaturyan is a current undergraduate student at majoring in psychology. Beyond a research assistant, she is also a supplemental instructor on campus for MATH140. Her area of interest is clinical psychology, with emphasis on how to better assist minority patients with mental illnesses. Her expected graduation date is May 2018. Marika is looking forward to applying to a Ph.D. program directly after her graduation.

Lora Rosman is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in American Indian Studies, graduating in Spring 2018. She plans to obtain her Ph. D. Her research interests involve American Indian/ Alaskan Native individuals who suffer from mental illness and to develop coping strategies. Her career goals include starting an independent practice and traveling to various Indigenous communities to offer mental health services. Her hobbies include singing, reading, hiking and educating others.

Erika Cabrera Castaneda is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in sustainability, graduating in spring 2018. She is currently working at the CSUN DREAM Center where she programs events and workshops that promote mental wellness in the undocumented community.  Erika hopes to obtain a master’s degree in school counseling to become a high school counselor. When she has free time she enjoys traveling, film photography, and cycling.  

Alyssa Quiterio is senior at CSUN graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. She hopes to acquire her master’s degree in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. With her LCSW, her goal is to open up a private practice and do pro bono work with foster youth. When she’s not in school, she enjoys going to the gym, hiking at Griffith park.

Will Boyd has a bachelor's degree in religious studies and is currently taking psychology classes at Moorpark College. He plans to apply to graduate programs in clinical psychology once he has taken the prerequisite courses. He has interest in teaching, conducting research, and practicing psychotherapy. In his free time, Will enjoys rock climbing and playing guitar.

Daniel A. Del Cid is a Presidential Scholar at California State University, Northridge with an expected graduation date of Spring 2018. Daniel's research explores stressors that impact academic outcomes and self-esteem among adolescents. He is especially interested in undocumented college student’s ability to persevere in spite of intrinsic obstacles. He is also interested more broadly in elucidating the negative consequences of discrimination on immigrant populations.


High School Students in the "A Lab" Research Team

Bryan Denq, senior researcher, is a senior 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 depression and its impacts on populations, especially the youth. He volunteers regularly with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Tzu Chi International, which gives him both the opportunity to help the less privileged and to observe social behavior up close. His hobbies include playing boardgames and videogames with friends, analyzing artworks and sculptures, walking, and writing stories.