Current Graduate Students
Graduate students who wish to conduct their master's thesis or dissertation in the IMPACT lab may use data from one of our completed/ongoing projects, or may develop a new project and collect their own data. See below for projects:
Amanda Ruggieri, 1st Year
Amanda is a first-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. Following graduation, she worked for two years as a Research Assistant at Bradley Hospital, a children's psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island, where she helped with research on psychiatric disorders in children such as bipolar disorder, depression, and non-suicidal self-injury. Amanda is interested in the role of relationships and social networks in paths toward mental wellness or mental illness. She is specifically interested in the effect of these social supports during times of transition, particularly the transition into college and adulthood, and how these interpersonal supports can be targeted in mental health treatment.
Carol Hundert, 3rd Year
Carol is a third-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a BS in psychology. Following graduation, she worked for two years as a Research Technician at the VA Boston Healthcare System, assisting with research on military-related PTSD and moral injury. Carol is interested in risk and resilience factors across late adolescence and emerging adulthood. She is particularly interested in what factors make the transition into college more or less successful for emerging adults, and what universities can do to promote healthy adjustment during that critical transition and throughout college. Her Master's Thesis examines outcomes and mechanisms of a peer-led group-based intervention for college students living with mental health challenges.
Brynn Huguenel, 4th Year
Brynn is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a major in psychology with a concentration in clinical work. Following graduation, she worked for three years as a Research Coordinator at the Yale University Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group with a joint appointment at the V.A. Connecticut Healthcare System. Brynn is interested in the implementation and evaluation of prevention services for at-risk populations during periods of stress, such as the transition into emerging adulthood. Her Master's Thesis examine the effects of social media use on the mental health of college students.
Jenna Shapiro, 6th Year (Psychology Intern)
Jenna is in her 6th year in the clinical psychology doctoral program and is completing her psychology internship at Rush University Medical Center's child, adolescent, and pediatric psychology track. She received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2011 where she majored in Psychology and minored in Dance. Her program of research evaluates and informs effective interventions for adolescents and emerging adults with chronic medical conditions. She is also interested in reducing distress and promoting resilience among general adolescent and emerging adult populations. Her dissertation assesses resilience processes among teenagers with type 1 diabetes and teen resilience subgroups as moderators of intervention program efficacy. See Jenna's Student Spotlight in the American College Health Foundation's newsletter: achf.readz.com/student-spotlight-jenna-shapiro
Current Research Assistants
I am currently a senior undergraduate, majoring in Psychology and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, with minors in Spanish and Bioethics. This is my second year in the lab, and I decided to join because of my interest in mental health issues in the college-aged population. Throughout my time in the lab I have gained valuable research experience and acquired numerous skills such as organizing, promoting, and evaluating research studies, conducting literature reviews on relevant articles using online databases, coding data, creating statistical analysis, and interpreting results. Working in the lab has given me the opportunity to positively impact students at Loyola by providing them with programs and interventions focused on their mental well-being. I hope to utilize all the skills I learned during my time in the lab in my future endeavors, which include pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience.
I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Sociology. This is my fourth semester in the lab. I decided to join this research lab because I am interested in learning about mental health research and interventions. More specifically, I am curious about risk and protective factors in regards to mental health, as well as ways to reduce the continually existing stigma surrounding mental illness. Since joining the lab, I have done a poster presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). This academic year, I will be working on a Provost Fellowship through Loyola University Chicago. For my fellowship, I will be focusing on the LifeSkills Training for College Program. In the future, I plan to continue my education in the field of psychology and I hope that this lab will help me learn many useful things about conducting research in an ethical manner and exploring different variables surrounding mental health.
I am currently a senior, majoring in Psychology and Political Science while minoring in Spanish. This is my third year in the lab. I have decided to join because of my interest in the research and intervention programs conducted in the lab. Since being in the lab, I had poster presentations accepted by the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), and Loyola's Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium (URES). This academic year, I will be working on my second Provost Fellowship through Loyola University Chicago. I will continue studying the impact mindfulness practices have on mental health in the college population. I am looking forward to my work in the lab and increasing my knowledge in the research realm of Clinical Psychology.
I am a current Senior at Lawrence University with a pre-medical focus studying biology and environmental science. I’m very interested in what lifestyle choices and patterns of thinking can make for a happy, healthy life, and it was my study of mindfulness and meditation which brought me to the IMPACT lab as a summer research assistant. Working at the IMPACT lab has assisted me in building upon my knowledge of the benefits of healthy thinking, especially when seeking help during difficult cognitive and emotional experiences and transitional periods of life. My work at the IMPACT lab is helping me to get a better grasp at the intricacies of mental health, as well as enriching research experience, and I know that this knowledge will help me to be a better, more effective health-care provider in the future.
I am currently a second year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in neuroscience. This is my second semester in the lab and I joined because I want to learn how psychological research is done, observe first hand the patterns it can reveal, and the effects it can have. I was particularly interested in IMPACT due to the diverse studies being done involving mental health stigma, neuroscience, coping mechanics, and college student adjustment. I know my experience in the lab will provide me with the skills for my future research endeavors in psychology and prepare me for my career in medical school and psychiatry.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago studying Psychology and Psychology of Crime and Justice. This is my first year as a research assistant, but my second year with the IMPACT lab. Last year I was an Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) facilitator where I taught peers how to disclose their mental illness to others in order to help break down the stigma. I am grateful to be on the research end now, as I hope to gain more knowledge about the prevalence of mental illness in college students, and what can be done in order to reduce students’ symptoms. I hope to continue advocating for mental health in my future personal and professional endeavors.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice and Criminology. This is my first semester in the lab! I joined the IMPACT lab to get hands-on experience in conducting studies with human participants and to enhance my skills in analyzing data and writing reports. I have done previous research through the Criminal Justice Department where I studied female prison populations in Illinois. In addition, I was a research intern at Chicago’s Children’s Research Triangle. In the future I want to continue doing research in both psychology and criminal justice. I hope to pursue a career in which I can help those incarcerated in the United States with their mental health and substance abuse problems.
IMPACT Lab Alumni
Former Graduate Students
- Alex Kirsch - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2017), BA in Psychology from Kenyon College (2011)
- Catherine Lee - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2016), BA in Psychology from Cornell University (2008)
- Lea Travers - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2015), BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University (2008)
- Daniel Dickson - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2015), BA in Psychology from UCLA (2006)
- Ashley Rolnik - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2014), BA in Psychology from Northwestern University (2008)
- Alison Stoner - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2014), BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame (2008)
- Anum Afzal - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2017)
- Maggie Meagher - BS in Psychology and BA in Sociology from Loyola University (2017), Candidate for Doctor of Medicine at UCSD
- Alexander Karl - BA in Psychology from Loyola University (2016)
- Gavin Crowell - BA in Psychology from Knox College (2016)
- Giulia Zanini - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2016)
- Melissa Haggerty - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2017)
- John Clifford - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2016)
- Liz Pope - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2011), Candidate for Juris Doctor at University of South Carolina (2017)
- Samicchya Adhikari - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2013), Master's Degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Kansas City University (2015)
- Zamara Qureshi - BS in Biology from Loyola University (2016), Candidate for Master of Science Physician's Assistant Studies at Midwestern University (2018)
- Devin Jordan - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2014), Candidate for an MBA/MSHR from Loyola University (2018)
- Monica Kulach - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2014)
- Katlyn Dillane - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2014)
- Bita Rad - BS in Psychology, BA in Spanish from Loyola University (2014)
- Colleen Cook - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2015)
- Lisa Ike - BS in Criminal Justics from the University of Houston (2010), MA in Counseling, Forensic Specialization from Adler University (2015)
- Whitney Lai - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2015)
- Tracey Riley - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2014)
- Michael Ryva - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2013)
- Juan Barriga - BS in Psychology from Loyola University (2015), Candidate for an MA in Clinical Psychology (2017)