Current Honors Students
My name is Danny Aoshana, and I am a junior at Cal State Northridge.
Currently, I am volunteering as a pedagogical aide for Dr. Quilici's PSY 320
course and plan on working in a research lab soon. I am very excited to be a
part of the new honors program and look forward to advancing my skills in this
field of study. I have enjoyed taking many social psychology courses including
both PSY 265 and PSY 345. After graduating, I plan on going to graduate school
to pursue a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I am excited to
apply everything I learn to my future career.
My name is Jeremy Borrero, and I am a senior at
Callifornia State University Northridge. I have always been captivated
by the empirical aspects of Psychology, and was thus heavily spurred via PSY345
to pursue Social Psychology. To this end, I am currently enjoying my time as a
research assistant in Professor Debbie Maís Stereotyping and Intergroup Prejudice Lab.
Upon graduating, my professional goal is to pursue my MA in General Experimental
Psychology and afterwards a Ph.D in Experimental Social Psychology. I am very pleased
to be a part of the Psychology honors program, and hope that my passion for research
will prove to be a valuable asset within the field.
Hi, my name is Deborah Brown. My professional goal is to work with Adolescents
in a clinical setting, incorporating Animal Therapy. I plan to go on to the Masters
program in Marriage and Family Therapy at CSUN, and then get my PsyD. My favorite classes,
to date, are Social Psychology and Gerontology. I am currently a Psi Chi member
and working as a PA.
Hello I am Kevin Cisneros and I am a double major in both Psychology and
Child Development. My academic interests in both these fields are studying families and development.
During my time at CSUN I have been an active member of the peer-educating program The Blues Project
which raises awareness about depression and suicide prevention. I am currently an RA for Dr. Quilici's
cognitive research lab and a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. After graduating from CSUN I plan
on going to graduate school to pursue a degree in Marriage Family Therapy. My passion in life is to help
restore broken marriages and families that have withered away over time.
I am Melanie Fessinger and I am currently a sophomore here at CSUN
working on my undergraduate degree in psychology. I plan on completing this
degree and going further to complete both my Masterís Degree and my Ph.D.
Ultimately I hope to become an experimental psychologist researching topics
related to the fields of forensic psychology or perhaps even some subset of
neuroscience. I've especially enjoyed taking the biological psychology class as
well as the research methods class at CSUN and I hope to be able to work in a
research lab some time in the near future. I am open to learning about new fields
that Iím interested in and I hope to never cease learning and exploring new topics
through my education and career paths.
My name is Fatima Flores and I am currently a junior with a Psychology major and Biology minor.
The branch of psychology that captures my interest is behavioral neuroscience/biopsychology.
It fascinates me how; in particular, these two fields interact to explore and explain our behavior
and I aspire to conduct research in this field in the near future. I am part of the GE honors program
as well, which has helped me to explore my interests; so I am very excited to be part of the new
Psychology honors program and see what lies ahead of me.
Hello, I'm Chantal Gagnon and am currently a junior at CSUN.
As I have recently transferred, I am still exploring all of what this
university has to offer and I feel excited to be a part of the honors
program. After graduating with my bachelors in Psychology,
my goal is to obtain my masters in Social Work. In my professional
career I hope to advocate for children who may be victims of
circumstance and work closely with their schools and parents to improve
their lives. I look forward to what I will get to learn and
experience as I continue my education.†
My name is Gemma Guerrero, and I am in my final year at CSUN. My professional
goal is at a crossroads at this point: I am highly interested in either becoming a
clinician and obtaining a PsyD (by way of an MFT degree first), or a career in
industrial/organizational psychology. To date, I have enjoyed taking Social Psychology
with Dr. Rutchick, Abnormal Psychology with Dr. Blum, and Applied Cognition with
Dr. Richards. I plan to obtain my graduate degree(s) in Northern California,
where I hope to base my professional career (as is yet to be determined).
My name is Kaitlyn Kauzor and I am a Junior here at CSUN. †
I am currently involved in a clinical neuropsychology and multicultural
laboratory and I am enjoying the experience very much. †Being in this lab
has given me the opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of psychology
that I am most interested in. †This semester I became a member of Psi Chi
and WPA, and had the opportunity to present a poster at the Psi Chi Poster
Competition. †In the Spring of 2014 I am attending the WPA conference to
present a poster with my lab. †I will be graduating in the Spring of 2015,
after which I hope to enter a graduate program to earn my Ph.D. †Until then,
I look forward to continuing on in my lab and gaining more research experience,
as well as attending more conferences. † ††
My name is Sam Lee and I am a second year student.
My area of interest is primarily on clinical/child developmental
psychology. I plan and hope to participate in various research labs
with the professors on campus, and ultimately prepare myself to enter
in a graduate program. In terms of career goals, I hope to become a
versatile psychologist - to conduct research as well as using my acquired
knowledge and skill in practice. Overall, I am more than thrilled
to see what the honors program has to offer in helping reach my goals.
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 graduate
program soon after. My favorite class so far has been PSY 345, which has
inspired me into considering following Social Psychology. I plan on attending
graduate school to get my masterís and hopefully continue until my doctorateís.
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. †
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 dynamic behavior
of depression and suicide. I work for PSYCARE and the Valley Trauma Center in crisis
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.
Hi, my name is Christopher Ponce.† I am in my junior year here at
CSUN, and I am majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy.†
While at CSUN, I hope gain some experience in research by aiding
professors in their reaserch and by conducting some research of my own.
†I also plan on taking advantage of the opportunities that this program
has to offer. †After I obtain my Bachelar's degree in psychology from
CSUN, I plan to go onto grad school at one of Californiaís top public
universities to obtain my Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in
cognitive psychology.† After I complete my graduate education, I
plan to teach and conduct top research in the field of psychology
by becoming a university professor. †
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. Chaviraís 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 Masterís 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 a third year Undergraduate
Psychology major here at CSUN. I am currently in Dr. Lagana's NIH Adult
Behavioral Medicine lab under the MARC-U*STAR program. 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 looking into either studying Applied Behavior Analysis,
or Social Psychology, however I am still exploring!
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.
Students not pictured: Sidra Bahadar, Jennifer Escobar, Brandon Hackney, Amber Poole, Carine Beharian, Kathryn Raso.