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:
Carol Hundert, 1st Year
Carol is a first-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.
Brynn Huguenel, 2nd Year
Brynn is a second-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. She is currently researching the effects of social media use on the mental health of college students.
Jenna Shapiro, 4th Year
Jenna is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Barnard College in 2011 with a major in psychology and a minor in dance. Following graduation, she worked for two years as a Research Assistant at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Jenna is interested in studying risk and protective factors in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In particular, she would like to identify effective intervention strategies for emerging adults experiencing distress during the college years. She also has an interest in promoting resilience, coping, and self-management for adolescents and emerging adults with chronic medical conditions.
Evan Zahniser, 4th Year
Evan is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. He graduated from Pomona College in 2012, where he received a BA in cognitive science with a psychology focus. He continued to work in two psychology labs at Pomona after graduation, contributing to papers on attachment, stress, cognitive aging, and language. He is interested in studying the experience and process of emotion, particularly topics such as emotion regulation, reappraisal, and emotional adjustment.
Stephanie Brewer, 5th Year
Stephanie is a fifth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 and worked at Columbia University Medical Center / New York State Psychiatric Institute for two years before coming to Loyola. Stephanie is interested in understanding how family processes affect children's mental health and adjustment. Further, she would like to explore the development of child and adolescent mental illness within the context of the family and identify effective intervention strategies for children and their families. In the lab, Stephanie's current projects include examining the longitudinal effects of emotion regulation strategies on emerging adults' mental health and social relationships.
Alex Kirsch, 6th Year
Alex is a sixth-year in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2011 with a psychology major. Alex is interested in understanding how different aspects of context can affect an individual’s growth, development, and adjustment. Broadly these contexts have included cultural aspects (e.g., gender and sexual orientation), psychological factors (e.g., coping and hardiness), and developmental contexts (e.g., the transition to college) that are related to psychopathology.stress, coping, and gendered issues. Her dissertation is a meta-analysis of treatment programs for eating disorders among adolescents. Additionally, Alex has worked on papers related to general college adjustment, the impact of gender on psychosocial adjustment in college, the role of activity involvement on psychosocial health for college students, and the impact of sexual orientation on psychosocial trajectories during the transition to college.
Current Research Assistants
I am currently a junior at Loyola majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. This is my first year in the lab, and I joined because I wanted to gain research experience as well as learn more about mental health in college-aged students and the effect of social media on this population. I hope to gain practical skills from my experience in the lab that I can apply towards my future endeavors, which include pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
I am currently a second year undergraduate majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Sociology. This is my first year in the lab. I joined this lab because I want to learn more about mental health research and interventions. More specifically, I’m really interested in risk and protective factors, as well as ways to reduce stigma around mental health. In the future, I plan to get a PhD in Clinical 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 fourth year undergraduate majoring in Psychology while minoring in Biology and Neuroscience. This is my first year in the lab, and I joined because I was interested in becoming more involved in research related to mental health. I have a wide breadth of research interests, but I am particularly interested in researching personality disorders, eating disorders, and addictive disorders, and what kind of resilience factors can help protect one from having an onset of them. I am also interested in the role that social support has on the development of the disorders as well as on treatment outcomes. After my undergraduate studies I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, so I hope to have my involvement with the lab's research teach me many critical skills that are necessary to effectively conduct research on topics related to mental health.
I am currently a sophomore studying Psychology and Spanish at Loyola. This is my first year in the lab. I decided to join because of my interest in the research and intervention programs conducted in the lab. I am interested in researching resilience factors among college students. I hope to gain useful research experience that will help lead me to the career in Psychology I would like to pursue.
I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies at Loyola. This is my second year in the lab, and I joined because I wanted to further my knowledge in mental health research. In this lab I have worked on tasks such as literature-searching, full-coding, outcome coding, and effect size coding. I plan on pursuing my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and I believe that working in this lab will help me establish a strong basis in psychological research.
I am currently a senior at Loyola studying Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology. This is my third year in the lab. I joined because of my interest in the treatment of mental health at population levels. I am interested in the intersection of personal biography and biology, and plan to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree. I hope to combine clinical practice with research to assess and implement effective public health programs.
I am a recent graduate from Knox College, where I received a BA in Psychology, with minors in neuroscience and journalism. At Knox, I conducted an independent honors project focusing on the efficacy of nature based therapy on the negative, cognitive, and stress-related symptoms in schizophrenia. I expect to continue my education in a doctorate program in clinical psychology, but I intend to get real-world research experience before applying. I am interested in studying the mental health of low-income residents within the inner city, and hope ultimately to understand both the cyclic relationship between poverty and mental illness (such that concentrated urban poverty cultivates mental illness, while the resulting mental illness reinforces poverty) as well as the structural programs that serve as reinforcers
of this relationship towards disadvantaged populations.
of this relationship towards disadvantaged populations.
I am a current Junior 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.
IMPACT Lab Alumni
Former Graduate Students
- Daniel Dickson - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2015), BA in Psychology from UCLA (2006)
- Catherine Lee - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2016), BA in Psychology from Cornell University (2008)
- 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)
- Lea Travers - PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University (2015), BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University (2008)
- 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)