Current Projects

Past Projects

These are a few of the projects we have completed in the past.

Members of the "A Lab" Research Team

Graduate Students

CoSupervisor - Kelly Whaling is a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at CSUN. Kelly is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and hopes to use this degree to research, teach, and mentor students at a university. Kelly is currently studying depressive symptoms in ethnic minority populations and mental health service utilization in Latino college students. Kelly is also an instructional student assistant for the Psychology Department. In her free time, she enjoys animal rescue, reading, hiking, yoga, spending time with family and friends, and being at Disneyland.

CoSupervisor - Farin Bakhtiari is a master's student in general experimental psychology. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology, and she works for the Psychology Department and the Psychology Research Area at CSUN. Her goals are to complete a Ph.D. and become a professor where she can teach future helping professionals and provide workshops in the community. Her interests include hiking, dancing, poem performance, playing basketball, trying new things, learning about life, and laughing.

Jaclyn Gross is a master's student in clinical psychology at CSUN. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from CSUN. In addition to being a research assistant, she is a volunteer listener for a crisis helpline. She is interested in pursuing a Ph.D., and her career goals are to teach and conduct research. She is interested in educating the community about the ways that social stigmas and discrimination affect mental health. Her interests outside of academics include music, baking, and all things Disney!

Nouha Hallak is a master's student in clinical psychology. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN. Her educational goal is to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology, and her career goal is to be a practicing psychotherapist and teach classes in higher education. Her interests include cooking gourmet meals, music, and traveling.

Natusuko Jacobson is a master's student in social work. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN. Her goal is to complete her degree in social work where she can make a difference by working in the helping profession.

Diana Velez graduated from CSUN with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working on her master’s degree in clinical psychology at CSUN.  Her educational goal is to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her career goals are to practice psychotherapy and research contextual factors related to anxiety and depression in adolescents and emerging adults.  Diana has been a research assistant in the ‘A Lab’ for three years where she has assisted on several projects related to adolescents’ and emerging adults’ well-being.  She has been a Teen Group Leader in the PEERS program at CSUN for a year.  In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and watching movies.

Lisa Dalati graduated from CSUN cum laude with a major in psychology. She is currently earning her M.A. in clinical psychology at CSUN. 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.

Undergraduate Students

Damion Birl graduated from CSUN with his bachelor’s in psychology. He is currently studying for the GRE and applying to graduate schools. His career goal is to get his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and work with children and adolescents. He also wants to teach and conduct research. Damion is also a volunteer for the CSUN Helpline and the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center. His hobbies include watching Netflix, playing video games, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Kyra F. Kelly is a psychology major with a minor in California studies. Her educational goals are to (1) receive a master’s degree in general experimental psychology, and (2) complete a Ph.D. in evolutionary psychology. She is very interested in mirror response imaging, cognitive dissonance, changes in urban development, and enhancing educational systems and child rearing practices.

Brian Iliescu is an undergraduate student studying psychology at CSUN.  He plans on completing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  His career goals are to have his own therapist office, write articles and books on his views of current and future social and political landscapes, and teach.  His interests include composing music, film-making, traveling, exploring his mind, fitness, and reading.

Tony Kirakosian is a senior in psychology at CSUN. He will be applying to clinical psychology graduate programs. 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.

Ashley Magana is currently a junior attending CSUN majoring in psychology. Ashley’s education goals are to achieve a bachelor's in psychology, followed by a masters in clinical psychology, leading to a Ph.D in clinical psychology. Ashley’s career goal is to researchto environment, family relationships, andposttraumatic stress disorder in adolescents and emerging adults. Her interests include dancing, performing arts, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Rosario Mendoza is majoring in psychology and getting a minor in human sexuality at CSUN. Her educational goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality. Her career goals are to conduct research and write books on the psychological aspects of human sexuality. Her interests include painting, reading, running, and exploring nature.

James Nassour is a senior at CSUN majoring in psychology. He is planning to go to graduate school for a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and then earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. James is a peer educator in the JADE program and is on the executive board for the CSUN Helpline. His career goal is to become a licensed psychologist. James’s interests include playing sports, helping to coach volleyball, rock climbing, doing volunteer work for charity groups, and performing magic.

Andrew Takimoto is a senior majoring in psychology at CSUN. He plans to go graduate school and obtain a M.A. in a research-oriented field and then 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.

Caitlin Williams graduated from the University of California, Irvine with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and psychology. She is currently applying to medical schools. Her career goals are to practice medicine with a focus on underserved populations. She is interested in the biological and psychological aspects of human behavior. Her interests include hiking, working out, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and playing with animals, especially cats.

Recent Past Students

  • 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.