Mills Cognition Lab Past Members
Avalon Baldwin, class of 2014, is a Biopsychology major interested in stress research, cognition, public health, neuropsychology, and language development, not to mention martial arts, delicious food and cats. She will be spending the next chapter of her life exploring the world through a biopsych lens and seeing where she best fits. She may end up in grad school or Europe or some place currently unknown to her. Time will tell. For now, there is data to play with.
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.
Monica Bower recently graduated from Mills with a BA in Research Psychology. She plans to continue her education in graduate school with a doctoral degree in cognitive science.
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 is now a MA student in the Positive Organizational Psychology Program at Claremont Graduate University.
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.
Chelsea Dees, Research Assistant, graduated from Mills in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Research Psychology. She is currently working at a non-profit residential treatment center for adolescent girls. She plans to someday pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with the intent of becoming a therapist and then teaching at the collegiate level. Her interests within psychology include eating disorders, mood disorders, and memory. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys listening to music, attending live music performances, and traveling.
Sara Harris Langben is now a 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.
Chaparrelle Mogavero-Cline, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student at Mills College, majoring in Research Psychology. She plans to continue her graduate education exploring the topic of human development across the lifespan. Her prior research focused on how the development of infants is affected by a caretaker’s use of technological devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads. Chaparrelle is also an artist and has shown her pieces in galleries. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and writing.
Julia Przemysalw, Research Assistant, is an undergraduate student in her junior year at Mills College. Julia is majoring in research psychology and plans to continue her graduate education in children’s cognition and language acquisition. She is interested in how emotional distress impairs cognition and language in children, and the development of learning difficulties. In addition, Julia takes pleasure in traveling and all that is culinary.
Shannon Ryan, is now a Ph.D. student in the School Psychology Program at Temple 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
Devon Thrumston, Research Assistant, graduated from Mills College in 2012 with a B.A. in music with a concentration in cello performance. While at Mills, she double-minored in child development and psychology. She is currently working with multiple labs on campus, and her research interests include child language acquisition, the effects of culture on bilingualism, and the development of prosody and early music and rhythmic acquisition.
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.
Abby Yip, is now a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University, working with Dr. Corinna Lockenhoff.
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