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Alexa Smith
Carnegie Mellon University '17
Decision Science and Psychology

Hometown: Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe)

Research Interests: Psychological interventions that can aid in the recovery of victims of traumatic injuries and prevent PTSD

Fun Fact: I am an EMT with campus EMS.

Email: alexas@andrew.cmu.edu

   
   
 

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Seh-Joo Kwon
Carnegie Mellon University '17
B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests: Social neuroscience, neural mechanism behind social bonding and connection, health implications of social bonding

Fun Fact: I lived in 9 countries and currently my "home" is Zimbabwe.

Email: sehjook@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

Justin Leiter
Kent State University '16
B.S. in Psychology

Hometown: Bascom, Ohio

Research Interests: Interested in the neural substrates of mindfulness and altered interoceptive awareness in psychopathology.

Fun Fact: I have a 3 year old husky named Milo and he runs my life.

Email: jleiter1@kent.edu

   
 

Ariel Tan
Carnegie Mellon University '16
BS in psychology, Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Hometown: Singapore

Research Interests: Interventions/psychological principles for inducing and maintaining behavior change, increasing happiness, and improving relationships.

Fun Fact: I've performed magic shows for children in China

Email: alsotan3@gmail.com

   
 

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Gowri Sunder
Carnegie Mellon University '18
BHA in Psychology and Art

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests: Clinical psychology, specifically looking into the development of mood disorders and applications of art and mindfulness.

Fun Fact: My favorite art museum is either the Dali museum or the Rijksmuseum

Email: gsunder@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Daniel Choi
University of Pittsburgh '17
B.S. in Psychology and Sociology

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms behind cognitive consequences of stress, anxiety, depression.

Fun Fact: Photography is a passion of mine..

Email: choi.danstr@gmail.com

Please click on the following link to download Daniel's curriculum vita: Daniel Choi CV

   
 

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Spencer Dunnison
Carnegie Mellon Universiy '18
B.H.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Vocal Performance

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Research Interests: Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience; the meditative qualities of music; how music can affect pain

Fun Fact: I have sung the Canadian and US national anthems for a US vs Canada women’s national team rugby game

Email: sdunniso@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Sandy Chen
Carnegie Mellon University '18
B.S. Psychology and Policy & Management

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Research Interests: I/O Psychology - how stress and mindfulness can enhance productivity and performance and the mechanisms behind burnout and how it can be prevented

Fun Fact: I love stuffed animals

Email: sandyc@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Elijah Lawrence
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown '16
B.S. in Psychology

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests: Clinical psychology; coping and emotion regulation strategies as preventative measures and ways of improving well-being

Fun Fact: My preschool teacher taught us how to sing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes in Korean, and I still remember how to sing it.

Email: elijahl@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Morgan Morrison
Carnegie Mellon Universiy '19
B.A. in Psychology with a minor in vocal performance

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

Research Interests: Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy, Melodic Intonation Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology

Fun Fact: I am a classically trained opera singer--I've taken lessons since age 13!

Email: memorris@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Mary Marchetti
University of Rochester '14
B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, minor in Psychology

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests: Interplay of mind-body factors in health; mindfulness-based clinical interventions, especially for addiction treatment and other self-regulatory domains; mindfulness-based intervention in schools

Fun Fact: I have a vegetable garden and ferment some of what I grow.

Email: marya.marchetti@gmail.com

   
 

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Yusuf Mehkri
Carnegie Mellon Universiy '20
B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology

Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ

Research Interests: Health psychology; The long term effects of stress and depression on the mental and physical well-being of a person. The effects of psychological interventions on positive affect, resilience and acceptance in terminally ill patients.

Fun Fact: I did Mixed Martial Arts for four years throughout middle school and junior high. I hope to take it one step further and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one day.

Email: ymehkri@andrew.cmu.edu

   
 

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Hayoung Woo
Carnegie Mellon Universiy '17
Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests: Social and Affective Neuroscience; Neural mechanisms and heath implication of social relationship and connection

Fun Fact: I love cats!

Email: hayoungw@andrew.cmu.edu