UCLA Graduate & Post-Doctoral Researchers

 

Graduate students involved in the UCLA Middle School & High School Project are students from both Psychology and Education disciplines. Many of our graduate students have been involved with the project for numerous years and are essential in overlooking data collection and mentoring the undergraduate RA's. Not only are they highly dedicated to UCLA MSDP, but are emerging scholars in their field and leaders in their respective departments.

Naomi Kline
Naomi Kline

Joined Fall 2020 B.A. in Psychology, UC Los Angeles 2017 Ph.D. in Psychology, UC Los Angeles (in progress) I'm interested in studying how racial and ethnic diversity (or a lack thereof) affects adolescent identity development, peer relations, and cross-group attitudes. I'm especially interested in finding ways to incorporate biracial data into my studies since multiracial individuals are often excluded from analyses or lumped in with monoracial groups.

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Soph Pashtunyar
Soph Pashtunyar

Joined Fall 2019 UC Berkeley. Psychology with Honors, B.A. and Social Welfare, B.A., 2018. UC Los Angeles. Developmental Psychology, M.A., 2020. UC Los Angeles. Developmental Psychology, Ph.D., In Progress. My research interests include social norms, networks and peer influence processes. I am particularly interested in how the school and peer context inform and moreover can be capitalized upon to improve intergroup relations, adolescent socioemotional wellbeing, and academic outcomes.

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Piper
Piper

Joined Fall 2019 B.A. Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 2019 Ph.D. in Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, in progress My research examines the psychological factors that influence women of color's engagement with and attitudes towards STEM. Specifically, I research the effect of gender and race stereotypes on women's self-efficacy, participation in STEM-related courses, and sense of belonging in STEM.

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Desiree
Desiree

Joined Fall 2019 B.A. in Child Development and Minors in Political Science, Asian American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), 2019 M.A. in Education, Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, in progress I am interested in the understanding of racial identity development among biracial and multiracial early adolescents, heterogeneity between and within the two groups, and the peer relationships that biracial and multiracial youth develop in school.

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Jenna Felkey
Jenna Felkey

Joined Fall 2018 B.A. Psychology & B.A. Spanish, University of Michigan, 2018 Ph.D. Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, in progress My research interests include examining the relationships between racial/ethnic identity and linguistic identity in adolescence. I am particularly interested in how the school context and peer interactions shape various psychosocial outcomes for ethnically and linguistically diverse youth.

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Ritika Rastogi
Ritika Rastogi

Joined Fall 2017 B.A. in Psychology and Biological Sciences, Northwestern University 2016 M.A. in Developmental Psychology, UCLA 2018 Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, UCLA (in progress) My research centers around the experiences of racial/ethnic minority youth within the US public education system, with a particular focus on understanding how peers and teachers shape adolescents' socioemotional wellbeing and academic achievement.

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Manisha Chase
Manisha Chase

Joined Fall 2017

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Carlisa Simon
Carlisa Simon

Joined Fall 2016 Carlisa is a doctoral student in the Education department where she studies the psychosocial development and racial-ethnic socialization of adolescents of color in and outside of schools. She earned her BA in Psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and most recently, her MA in Education at UCLA.

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Elianny Edwards
Elianny Edwards

Joined Fall 2016

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Antonya Jackson
Antonya Jackson

Joined Fall 2015 B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies, California State University, Long Beach 2008 M.A. in Counseling with a PPS credential, Loyola Marymount University 2011 Ph.D. in Human Development & Psychology, UCLA (current) My research interests include understanding how African American adolescents are perceived in the school context through an intersectional approach and in what ways does this influence their academic achievement.

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Amirah Saafir
Amirah Saafir

Joined Fall 2013 B.A. in Psychology, Howard University 2012 Ph.D in Human Development and Psychology, UCLA, 2018 (expected) I am interested in relationships between ethnic identity and various educational and psychosocial outcomes for underrepresented adolescent youth. Funding: Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship

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Past Graduate Researchers

Asha Spivak

Bryan Thornton

Casey Knifsend

Cheri Hodson

Daisy Camacho

Danielle Smith

Erin Cue

Feliz Quiñones

Hye-Young Yun

Jenny Chow

Kara Kogachi

Krystle Nunnally

Leah Lessard

Leslie Echols

Lupita Espinoza

Manpreet Dhillon Brar

Patrick Rock

Samantha White

Sophia Hoope

Talya Drescher

Xio Chen

Ylva Svensson

Hannah Schater

Jessica Morales-Chicas