Mills Cognition Lab Past Members
Sarah Blacher, Summer 2013 Research Assistant, is currently an undergraduate student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She feels very lucky to have spent her summer in the Mills Cognition Lab, exploring first-hand the fascinating field of psychology that has interested her for years. She plans to major in Psychology, with Spanish and Biology minors, and has very tentative ideas of applying to medical school. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys reading, making pop-up birthday cards, and watching Downton Abbey until she has memorized every line of every episode.
May Chen is currently working as a Research Technician at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. She is assisting in a longitudinal study on the neuropsychological and mental health outcomes of the Iraq war (among several other research projects).
Soo [Yeonsoo] Choi, Research Assistant, is currently an undergraduate student at Mills College, Class of 2013. She is majoring in Research Psychology and minoring in Child Development. She is interested in school psychology, especially in the role of play in social and cognitive development and adolescent identity formation in children from multicultural background. Soo loves to cook, create and play board games with her friends during her free time. She hopes to enter a PhD program in clinical or school psychology. Eventually, she wishes to travel around the world working with as many children as she can (because they are amazing!). She strongly believes in the words of Tolstoy, "I have learned that all men live not by care for themselves but by love in a passer by."
Tonya Coney Transferred to Mills in 2006 after graduating from Merritt College (AA in Behavioral Science) in 2005. Graduated from Mills College in 2008 on the Research Psychology track. Currently a graduate student in my last semester at Holy Names University; working on a Dual Master's program in Counseling and Forensic Psychology. As part of my graduate traineeship I lead a Domestic Violence women's group and counsel K-5 elementary school students in Oakland's inner city. Joined Mills Cognition lab as a Research Assistant in December 2010.
Sara Harris is a now Ph.D. Student in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
Nicole Harrison is in her senior year at Mills College completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Research Track. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Psychology and to continue developing as a scientist. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading research papers, fine art fabrication, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Johnson is a Fall 2008 Mills graduate in Psychology and in 2010 earned her Master's in Cognitive Science and Language at the University of Barcelona where she studied verb recognition. She also has special interest in memory and aging, emotion, early relationships, and physical health and well-being. She is now perfecting her Spanish and teaching English in Barcelona and plans on pursuing her PhD in the next few years. In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with under-privileged youth and practices yoga.
Ziyong Lin is now a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, working under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Lustig and Dr. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz.
Ekaterina Mahinda is now a PsyD student in Clinical Neuropsychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Laura Samuelsson is now a Ph.D. Student in the Clinical Psychology (Biological and Health Program) at University of Pittsburgh.
Lou Ann Smith Berardi graduated from Mills in 1952. She then obtained her General Secondary Teaching Credential at SFSU and Master of Arts at UC Berkeley. Lou Ann worked in education for 45 years, the last 17 as the Skills Assessment and Development instructor for Loyola High School and College Preparatory in Los Angeles. She is now retired and is working to encourage seniors to write their stories and memoirs.
Ana Ruth Tejada Castillo, BA
Amelia True is now the Aquatic and Park Coordinator at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. She is currently working on developing some swim lesson programs for the winery and has been training for triathlons. Amelia plans for go to graduate school in the next couple of years.
Sarah A. Wong, BA, Senior Research Assistant, graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, Research and a minor in Asian Studies in May, 2008. While initially vowing that neuroscience just wasn't for her, through her work with Dr. Chung's Cognition Lab, Sarah developed an interest in the connection between attachment theory and emotional memory in cognitive behavioral and neurocognitive brain activity. (Turned out she liked brains/psychological research too much.) While she is currently working full time for City Hall of San Francisco, she hopes to pursue further graduate studies in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on lifespan development and integrative cultural studies and eventually wishes to travel to Japan and the vastness of Asia for further research opportunities.
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