Mills Cognition Lab Members
Dr. Christie Chung is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mills College. She received her Honours BSc as a Psychology Specialist from University of Toronto, her MA and PhD in Applied Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and postdoctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When Dr. Chung is not busy thinking about how memory changes with age, she enjoys baking, traveling around the world, going to the gym, playing music on her piano, and singing (PlayStation karaoke games!).
Anne Cormia has been a member of the MCL since 2014. She graduated from Mills in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In January 2017, she graduated from the University of York with her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology. Her research interests cover gender, sexually motivated violence, memory, and the role of preexisting beliefs in accuracy of recall.
Lauren Dougherty has been a Research Assistant with the Mills Cognition Lab since the Fall of 2016. Now a graduating Senior of the Mills College class of 2017, she maintains a deep interest in the frameworks of human memory, as well as sociological studies of criminal due process and law enforcement, and how they coincide with comparative racialization within American culture. She is currently looking forward to continuing her research with the Mills Cognition Lab, which involves understanding human memory and the chronicity of trauma and stress as they relate to situations of implicit bias and excessive force in policing.
Juliene Fresnedi Research Assistant, joined the Mills Cognition Lab in 2015 after graduating the University of San Francisco as a Psychology Major. Having spent the last year feeding her passion for learning about memory by testing participants in a study involving facial recognition and perceived gender identity, Juliene now hopes to continue her research while pursuing a PsyD in San Francisco. When not at work at the non-profit Circus School "AcroSports" she enjoys anything creative, travel, and spending time with friends.
Tiara Jackson joined The Mills Cognition Lab in the Spring of 2015. It was with a great need to make sense of the ways in which people of color remember and interpret a past filled with both oppression and resilience that permeates the present. With the guidance of Dr. Chung, Tiara created a major that allows her to explore the intersections of memory, culture, ethnicity. Tiara is greatly interested in the role collective trauma has on memory and whether collective trauma leads to the formation of a collective memory, and if this further enhance group identity and provide a space for collective healing.
Frishta Sharifi, Senior Research Assistant, has graduated from Mills College, in 2008, with a BA in psychology and a minor in women studies. Her goal is to enter a PhD program in clinical-cognitive psychology or neuro-psychology. She is very interested in research in humans' physical health and its relations to cognitive aging. In the field of women studies, Frishta is interested in exploring the conflicts that modern day women (in particular women of the east) experience in terms of reconciliation of their faith/traditions with the necessities of modernity. In her free time, she is busy with personal training and teaching group exercise classes in a gym.
Janet Tereso is currently a junior at Mills, class of 2018. She is majoring in Psychology and working towards a minor in Asian Studies. Some of her interests in psychology include language, memory, learning, and psychopathology. One of her goals is to incorporate her passion for foreign languages into her work in psychology. She is currently in her second year of learning Chinese at Mills. She also hopes to one day pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology or Neuropsychology.
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