Current Honors Students
My name is Sami Alsalloom. I am a senior at CSUN, studying
Psychology and Music. I am currently interested in researching how
musical learning changes the brain, how music affects brain plasticity,
and what a cognitive model for musical processes might look like. I am
excited to be accepted into the honors program and am looking forward to
growing in knowledge and accomplishments with my cohort. I would love to
earn a PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience and would look forward to a
career filled with learning.
My name is Carine. I am a psychology major, and I hope to get into a
graduate program for Clinical Psychology. My academic goal is to get a
graduate level degree. I want to, at some point in my life, teach at a
major university and conduct research. One day I plan on opening a
non-profit organization for the mentally ill homeless population. I hope I
can accomplish all my dreams and aspirations.
Hello, my name is Cynthia Carrera and I am currently a senior here
at CSUN, majoring in
psychology with a minor in family studies. I am so glad to have been
accepted into this program
and am very excited to see what is in store for me. Psychology has so many
specific fields to go
into that is has been difficult to choose what I want to specialize in.
This semester I am taking a
developmental and a social psychology course which have been capturing my
Although I have yet to pick a specialty I know that graduate school is in
my future. I would also
like to participate in a lab before I graduate to gain some hands on
experience in the psychology
field. I look forward to finishing up all my cluster courses, and learning
all about the different
fields, so I can ultimately decide what I would like to specialize in.
Hello my name is Kevin Cisneros and I am a graduating senior with a
in Child and Adolescent Development and Psychology. I am a first
student who is pursuing higher education after graduating from CSUN.
work as a research assistant in Dr. Quilici’s cognitive decision making
lab and also in
Dr. Chavira’s lab researching on Latina/o students. I am also serving as a
Mentor for Dr. Wakefield’s CADV 150 class and have also worked as a Peer
for the Blues Project, an organization here on campus that raises
depression and suicide prevention. After graduating from CSUN I am
earn a doctorate degree in Social Work. My academic interests are
families of low social economic status and development. I plan on working
academia after obtaining a Ph.D and giving back to education for all it
has done for
me. I would like to have my own research lab with undergraduate students
provide mentoring to guide them in their undergraduate studies all the way
graduate school. Simultaneously I would want to work in an applied setting
work providing psychotherapy and counseling services to patients in a
practice. I strongly believe in higher education and its immense power to
opportunities for students and their futures.
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Damavandi and this is my fourth year at
CSUN. Once upon a time, I used to be a Biology major. Once I took an intro
to psychology class to fulfill my GE requirements, I was hooked! Even
though I was almost done with my major, I decided to pursue Psychology.
Psychology is one of my strengths AND I really enjoy it- which is perfect.
As for career goals: by competing on the CSUN speech and debate team, I
now know that I want to pursue a career in law or utilize my skills as an
I really enjoyed taking PSY 320, PSY 310, and PSY 345.
Now in my final year here at CSUN, I have developed a strong
interest in Positive Psychology, which goes beyond the simple diagnosis of
psychological ailments and instead focuses on how to help people thrive
and flourish. Furthermore, I’m very interested in the psychological bonds
between humans and animals, and I'm strongly committed to finding ways of
helping seniors maintain healthy bonds with their pets while transitioning
to or maintaining a life in an assisted-living home and/or nursing home.
Following graduation with my BS in Psychology from Northridge, I plan to
pursue an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing.
My name is Taylor Ferguson and I am currently a senior here at Cal
State University - Northridge working on my undergraduate degree in
psychology. I am currently a research assistant for Debbie Ma's social
psychology lab. My goal after CSUN is to go to graduate school, be it a
master's program or Ph.D. program probably focusing in clinical
psychology, but I'm still not entirely sure and I hope to figure it out
I am Melanie Fessinger and I am currently a junior at CSUN working
toward my undergraduate degree in psychology. I plan to complete this
degree and follow with graduate school shortly thereafter. Ultimately I
hope to conduct research in the areas of law psychology and behavioral
neuroscience, specifically in regard to the court and criminal justice
system. I've especially enjoyed taking the biological psychology class
and the research methods class at CSUN and I hope to be able to get
involved in a research lab on campus some time in the near future. I am
open to learning about new fields that I’m interested in and I hope to
never cease learning and exploring new topics through my education and
Hello, I am Fatima Flores and I am in my final year as an
undergraduate here at CSUN. During the last year, I have to say my
interests have changed drastically as I am now interested in the fields of
behavior analysis and social welfare. Although I am undecided on which of
these two fields I will pursue, I now feel I am closer than ever to taking
the right path. I have to contribute an important part of this to my
experience as an Honors Psychology student, as the program, courses, and
professors have inspired and directed me to where I am now. . My plans for
the near future is to continue my education by pursuing my Master’s degree
and incorporate that into my professional goal which is to help
disadvantaged children and my community.
Hello, my name is Chantal Gagnon and I am a senior. During my time
at CSUN, I've developed an interest in positive psychology, child
development, marriage/family relations, and nutrition. I'm passionate
about children and families as well as educational policies. After
graduation, I plan on attending grad school to obtain my MSW with a
concentration on school social work to work directly with children along
with their teachers and parents to improve the course of their lives.
Eventually I aspire to become an advocate for educational policies that
can enable children with an understanding of their backgrounds, as well as
prepare them for healthy, fulfilling lives. So far the honors program has
opened up many opportunities for me and I am looking forward to graduating
My name is Larisa Gavrilova and I am a senior at CSUN. I am
as a research assistant in Dr. Lagana’s NIH Behavioral Medicine
I have really enjoyed taking counseling psychology PSY 460 and abnormal
psychology PSY 310 with Professor Hamer who has been a true inspiration in
field of clinical psychology, which I eventually plan to obtain my PhD in.
I am very
excited to be a part of the Psychology Honors program in order to be
prepared for my graduate studies.
Hi my name is Stephanie Garayoa and I am a fourth year Psychology
undergraduate student. I am yet to determine my exact professional goals,
however I have a passion for Behavioral Analysis and working with children
with special needs. Once my undergraduate degree is completed, I plan to
continue my education and hopefully obtain a PhD. I am very grateful to
have been accepted into the Psychology Honors Program and am excited to
see where my education takes me.
Hi, I’m Brandon Hackney. This semester, I'm taking all of my cluster
courses and applying as a research assistant in order to gain insight and
experience in the various subfields of Psychology. I expect that this will
help me to make an informed decision as to what sort of graduate program
My name is Kaitlyn Kauzor and I am a senior, graduating in Spring
2015. For the past
year I have been gaining experience in my clinical
neuropsychology/multicultural lab and
have enjoyed this very much. With this lab I had the wonderful
opportunity to be a part
of the poster presentations at WPA this past year, as well as at PURC. As
I continue my
education I hope to attend CSUN for my MA in clinical psychology, as to
prepare me for
a clinical PhD program. I am looking forward to continuing my research
with my lab and
having the opportunity to present at future conferences.
My name is Sam Lee and I am currently in my third year at CSUN. I am
currently part of Dr. Holli Tonyan's lab, and has been gaining various
research experiences ever since my arrival. I hope to further engage in
more in-depth research, as well as preparing myself for graduate school in
clinical psychology for the remainder of the two years I have left at
CSUN. My overall passion will be to conduct research that can supplement
the practicum, seeking the links between spirituality and clinical
My name is Alfredo Leon and I am in my 4th year at CSUN and close
to finishing my undergraduate studies, hoping to move on to a good
program soon after. My favorite class so far has been PSY 345, which has
inspired me into considering following Social Psychology. I plan on
graduate school to get my master’s and hopefully continue until my
My name is Elena Mayer and I am in my second year at CSUN.
I am currently an English class assistant and tutor.
I have a passion for psychology and am very excited to be a
part of this honors program. I am interested in studying social norms,
happiness, intrinsic and extrinsic goals and motivation.
I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Positive Psychology
as well as a doctorate.
Hi my name is Ana Rubi Moralez and I am a 4th year student at CSUN.
My major is Psychology and my minor is general Sociology. I am interested
in both human behavior and how it relates to society. After I graduate I
would like to continue on to getting my Master in either applied Sociology
or work towards my PhD. I am excited to be a part of the Honors program
and I am looking forward for what is to come.
My name is Luis Navarro and I am a junior here majoring in
psychology in addition with a
minor in biology. My main objective in my academic road is to study the
of depression and suicide. I work for PSYCARE and the Valley Trauma Center
intervention. I plan to get my masters here at CSUN with the intention to
go further for
my doctorates. My goal in my career is to research various populations
that exploit signs
of depressive behavior while being hands on with clients. I would say my
favorite class is
abnormal psychology PSY310.
Hello, my name is Diana Perez, I am a Junior at
California State University of Northridge. I am very
excited for this coming Spring Semester to see what the
honors program has in store for me. I hope to be challenged
to the fullest extent. My goal is to graduate from CSUN and then get
into a Ph.D program for Clinical Psychology. I am still
undecided on what career path to take, but I do know that what
ever I choose will be to help people and to enjoy my career.
My name is Christopher Ponce, and I am in my fourth year as an
undergraduate. I am currently working as a research assistant for Dr.
Wohldmann, and I'm also a pedagogical aide for one of Dr. Quilici's Psy
320 labs. During my time in the honors program I have had the opportunity
to further challenge myself academically. I have also had the opportunity
to work with professors, which has made me more competitive for grad
school. After I obtain my Bachelor's degree in psychology in the spring,
I plan to pursue a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in cognition.
After I obtain my doctorate, I plan to become a university professor so I
can teach and conduct research.
Hi, I'm Monica Ramos and I am currently in my senior year at CSUN. I
came into CSUN as a transfer student and love everything this university
has to offer. So far during my undergrad career I have had the opportunity
to partake in two internships. One with UC Berkeley's Research Lab
researching maltreatment in the food industry and another in Washington
D.C. for a non-profit battling extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan African. My
intern experience has certainly shaped my career goals. After graduation I
plan on going to graduate school to pursue a degree in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I am fascinated by the workplace and
hope to achieve a career that is focused on helping businesses succeed
while still being able to provide a great environment for its employees. I
am very excited to be apart of the Honors Psychology Program and cannot
wait to see what my last year has in store for me.
My name is Kathryn Raso and I am a fourth year undergraduate
student. My interest in the field of psychology arose from several years
of working as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities. More
recently I have been doing behavioral training with children and
adolescents who have varying degrees of autism. I am considering studying
Applied Behavior Analysis; however, I am also interested in pursuing a
degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am excited for the next few
months in which I will be doing research, planning for graduate studies,
and enjoying the rest of my time here at CSUN.
My name is Luis Reyes. I am a third year undergraduate
and a first-generation college student. I currently am a research
assistant for Dr. Chavira’s Laboratory. I find that the work of
psychology with education to be very interesting. In the future I hope
to do research on school systems and the ways they affect students of
color; also conduct research to try to help develop ways to influence
schools and make the experiences of these underrepresented better.
After I graduate from CSUN, I plan to apply to both Master’s and
Doctoral Programs. My goal is to either attend another school in
California or head to the east coast. When I am finished with my
doctoral studies, I plan to come back to CSUN and become a university
professor. Working with students is where my passion lies.
My name is Arlene Sagastume and I am in my last year as an
major here at CSUN. I am currently in Dr. Luciana Lagana's NIH Adult
Behavioral Medicine lab
under the MARC-U*STAR program. I love research and I have a great interest
and passion for
studying ethnically diverse women and their physical, mental and emotional
well-being. I am
currently applying to graduate school and hope to obtain my Ph.D. in the
near future. I always
hoped for a career that would allow me to share my knowledge and transmit
my love of
education so I believe I would possibly enjoy combining my research
experience with a being a
professor in the future. I am honored to be in the first cohort of this
department’s honor program
and look forward to absorbing all that I can from this experience.
Hi, my name is Andrew Son, and I'm a transfer student in my final
year at CSUN. Getting into the honors program was a blessing to me, and I
look forward to challenging myself. This year, I'm participating in a
research lab conducted by Professor Ma, and I hope to build lasting
relationships and experience through it. After graduation, I plan on
continuing my education at CSUN in clinical or general-experimental
psychology graduate program. After that, I'm planning on attending a PsyD
program to become a licensed clinical practitioner.
My name is Rachel Webb and I am extremely grateful
to be accepted to the honors program. I am currently a
junior at CSUN and am on the Northridge women's soccer team
as well. My career goals so far have me heading in a direction
towards sports psychology but i am also very interested in social
psych as well. I have enjoy all of my classes here so far and the
professors that really inspired me have been professor Otten and
professor Abara. I'm looking forward to the challenges of this
program as well as the coming rewards.