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:
Maya Hareli, 1st Year
Carol Hundert, 4th Year
Carol is a fourth-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 examined outcomes and mechanisms of a peer-led group-based intervention for college students living with mental health challenges.
Brynn Huguenel, 5th Year
Brynn is a fifth-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 examined the effects of social media use on the mental health of college students, and her dissertation is exploring patterns, predictors, and outcomes of adherence to a mindfulness app in a sample of college students reporting elevated depressive symptoms.
Current Research Assistants
I am currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in bioethics. This is my fifth 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 Senior at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice and Criminology. This is my third 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.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola majoring in Psychology. This is my first year in the lab and I joined because of my interest in bringing awareness to mental health concerns, especially in college students who are reluctant to seek help due to the negative stigma. I am excited to participate in improving the mental health of individuals as well as learn how psychological research is done. In the future I plan to attend medical school and pursue a career in psychiatry.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. This is my first year in the lab, and I joined because of my interests surrounding mental health, specifically that of college students. While this period of our lives is very exciting, it can also be very stressful, and I think that it is important to address those stresses when they become too difficult to handle on our own. During my time at the IMPACT lab, I hope to become more educated on the resources available to students who battle with mental illness, and to assist Dr. Conley and her graduate students on finding effective ways to cope with these feelings. In the future, I plan to attend medical school in hopes of perusing a career in psychiatry.
I am currently a Senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Psychology. This is my second semester working in the lab, and I was excited to join the IMPACT lab to collect and analyze data regarding mental health issues in college-aged students. I am particularly interested in studying interventions to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms while promoting mindful learning techniques. I also found myself drawn to the IMPACT lab to study the effects of emotional intelligence interventions on student well-being, emotional regulation, and interpersonal communication skills. I have conducted previous research with Rogers Behavioral Health where I implemented a smart phone based cognitive bias modification program (CBM) in order to study the effects in adults with obsessive-compulsive and depressive disorders. I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Conley and her team to further my experience in psychological research. I am confident the advanced skills learned in the IMPACT lab will prepare me well for my future endeavors in graduate school and in my career as a Clinical Psychologist.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Psychology and in the university's interdisciplinary honors program. This is my first semester in the lab and I joined to gain more experience studying mental health in college students. I am interested in studying various stressors that influence mental health and how varying forms of treatment affect students and their mental health entering college, during, and upon graduating. Previously, I participated as a research assistant in a social psychology lab at Loyola University Chicago, studying how emotions affect cognition and also took part in research while studying abroad in Rome. While in Rome, I assisted in psychological research that analyzed and studied new mothers battling postpartum depression and links to anxiety in their children. I am excited to be researching and interpreting data with a clinical focus with IMPACT as I will be applying to graduate school to become a clinical psychologist.
I am currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago double majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology and minoring in bioethics. I am also enrolled in the university’s interdisciplinary honors program. While I have previously conducted clinical research on postoperative delirium in my hometown of St. Louis at Washington University, this is my first semester working in this lab. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with such a fantastic team. During my time here, I hope to become more educated on psychological research in general as well as college students mental health specifically. I believe the skills I will learn and practice here will better prepare me for my future career as a physician.
IMPACT Lab Alumni
Former Graduate Students
- Jenna Shapiro- PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2019), BA in Psychology and minor in Dance from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2011
- 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)
- Chelsea Moore- BS in Psychology and minor in Biology (expected graduation 2020)
- Noor Abdelfattah- BS in Psychology and Political Science and minor in Spanish (2019)
- Sylwia Osos- BS in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Sociology from Loyola University (2019)
- Khrystyna Stetsiv- BS in Psychology and minor in Journalism from Loyola University (2019)
- Aleksandra Winiarz- BS in Psychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from Loyola University (2018), RA in pharmacology lab in Center for Translational Research and Education at Loyola University Chicago in Maywood
- Caroline Wysgalla- Studying at Loyola University; Psychology and Psychology of Crime and Justice
- Noah Whiteman - Studying at Lawrence University; pre-medical focus studying biology and environmental science
- 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)