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PEOPLE

ISABEL HERRERA GUEVARA

Lab Manager

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Born and raised in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico, Isabel recently graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Cognitive Psychology and a Biology minor. At UCSD, Isabel worked as a research assistant at the Social Cognition and Learning Lab studying the development of social cognition in infancy. Isabel is interested in cognitive development and intends to keep doing fun research with children. In her free time, Isabel enjoys watching shows, reading, petting her housemate’s cat, and walking by the beach!

DR. NADIA CHERNYAK

Lab Director/Principal Investigator

Dr. Chernyak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC - Irvine and the director of the lab. She received her BA and PhD from Cornell University, and completed additional postdoctoral training at various universities in the Boston area, including Brown University, Harvard University, Boston University, and Boston College. Her work investigates the early roots of our social behavior. She is particularly interested in how we can use developmental data to better understand the cognitive building blocks of our understanding of equity, justice, fairness, equality, and social group cognition. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, her most recent work has focused on the cognitive and social predictors of our understanding of inequality.
 

CASSIDY WOLFE

Graduate Student

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Cassidy is a Cognitive Science PhD student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. Cassidy completed her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell University in 2021. She also completed her B.A. in Psychology at Cornell University in 2019.

 

Cassidy is interested in researching children’s moral cognition and the relationship between wealth and possibility. Cassidy is particularly interested in how cultural markers impact how children process and form decisions, specifically using an intersectional framework to pit cultural markers against each other. In her free time she enjoys playing with her nieces and nephews, drinking coffee, spending time with her cat, and playing Animal Crossing.

JACQUELINE BECK

Graduate Student

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Jacky is a graduate student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. Jacky received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a lab manager at the University of Chicago.
 
Jacky is interested in how children’s social environment shapes their beliefs and behaviors. In particular, she is interested in how children from different socioeconomic backgrounds explain concepts of equity, free will, and social mobility. In her free time, she likes to decompress by trying out new food and playing games.

SHARANYA BASHYAM

Graduate Student

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Sharanya is a graduate student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Hyderabad, an M.A. in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institue of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an M.A. in Social Sciences (concentration - Psychology) from the University of Chicago.

 

Sharanya is interested in understanding how non-WEIRD contexts shape children's social cognition. She is interested in understanding how markers such as status and familiarity affect children's social preferences in multi-lingual and multi-cultural environments. Apart from research, Sharanya is an avid reader, loves watching the latest K-dramas, enjoys long walks, and listening to new music.

JOSE RAMIREZ

Project Coordinator

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Jose Ramirez recently completed his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He is eager to gain experience and learn more about the cognitive development of children. Besides cognitive development, he is also interested in abnormal psychology and the treatment of mental disorders. In the future, he hopes to go on to graduate school after gaining experience in the field of developmental psychology.

TAYLOR ASHQAR

Project Coordinator

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Taylor Ashqar is a student at UCI pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Sciences. She is very interested in AI and developmental cognition and hopes to transition into grad school to further her knowledge of both. In the future, she hopes to teach and continue research in the field. In her free time, she likes reading, writing, and spending time with friends. 

Research Assistants

JESSIE LEE

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Jessie is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is interested in neuropsychology, particularly conditions that can interfere with one’s social cognition. After graduating, she wants to continue her education at graduate school and study cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not busy, she likes to draw, play Animal Crossing, and spend time with her dogs.

UMIEMAH FARRUKH

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Umiemah Farrukh is an undergraduate at UCLA, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has previous research experience and is particularly interested in how an individual's childhood experiences shape them and their mental health. She is very excited to be working at the DoSC Lab this summer. Upon completion of her BA and progessive master's, Umiemah will be applying to grad school to pursue a health-related career. In her free time Umiemah loves writing poetry, making art, and trying out new coffee shops in LA! 

KIANA GEE

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RA & SURP Recipient

Kiana Gee is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science. She enjoys studying developmental cognition and language acquisition, and she especially loves working with children. In the future she hopes to continue her work with children and further her studies in graduate school. During her free time, she enjoys listening to and playing music, drawing, and spending time with friends and family.

AUDREY LAGRISOLA

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RA & SURP Recipient

Audrey Lagrisola is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is interested in cognitive development and how nature vs. nurture plays a part in this process. In the future she hopes to further her understanding of people and the brain in graduate school. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, trying new foods, and napping. 

TATI RIOS

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Tati is an undergraduate student pursuing her B.S. in psychology. She is particularly interested in how childhood experiences and mental disorders may affect one's understanding of the social world. She loves working with children and is excited to learn more about cognitive science through a more hands-on approach. In her free time, she enjoys singing along to music, going on walks, and trying new foods :) 

ELIZABETH RZEPCZYNSKI

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Elizabeth is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is interested in studying the development of prosocial behaviors along with the impacts of technology and social media. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, sewing, and spending time with friends :)

EVELYN RUI YING JIANG

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Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Evelyn Jiang is a first year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Sciences. She is particularly interested in developmental cognition and abnormal psychology, and loves working with children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and thrifting. 

ASHLEY SUNWOO

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Ashley Sunwoo is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in cognitive Sciences. She is interested in psycholinguistics and developmental psychology, and hopes to further her education toward becoming a pediatric speech and language pathologist! In her free time, Ashley enjoys biking, traveling, listening to music, and window shopping :)

KIMBERLY RODRIGUEZ

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Kimberly Rodriguez is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is interested in how children's environment plays a role in their mental health. She enjoys working with children and has been doing so for about two years. During her free time, she likes playing with her dogs, reading, and going to concerts. 

VICTORIA MARTINEZ OROZCO

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Victoria Martinez Orozco is an undergraduate student at UCI pursuing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. She is interested in studying child and adolescent development, specifically, decision making and language acquisition. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and help children in underrepresented communities. In her free time she loves to go on walks, drink matcha, and laugh with her friends.

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IVY

Lab Cat

Hi, my name is Ivy Elizabeth Wolfe, but you can call me Ivy Cat. I love to eat, play, run and jump! I really really love boxes and paper bags-they are the best! Also my life motto is “closed doors are really only opportunities to find ways to make them open doors, aka by scratching and meowing.

Lab Alumni

Dear wonderful DoSC lab alumni! We'd love to hear from you on what you are up to now. Please consider filling out our alumni form here :)

Former Research Staff

Lucy Stowe (Lab Manager 2020 - 2022; now Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at UC Davis)
Sifana Sohail (Lab Manager 2018 - 2020; now: Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at Yale University)
Allegra Midgette (Postdoctoral Collaborator 2019-2021; now: Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow at Texas A&M)
Danyang Ma (Project Coordinator 2019 - 2022; now: Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at UC Riverside)

Former Research Assistants

Stephen Sanders (2019)
Sarvenaz Tate (2019)
Ane Avetisyan (2019-2020)
Nina Hoang (2019-2020)
Alek Marantz (2019-2020)
Samia Miss (2019-2020)
Naomi DeLuna (2020)

Michelle Ortiz (2019-2020; now: MA student in Counseling Psychology at Mount St. Mary University)
Jenny Li (2020)
Annie Dinh (2020)
Yunshi Luo (2020; now: MA student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania)
Abe Guevara (2020; now MS Student in Marriage & Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University)
Ameera Azzam (2019 - 2021)

Katherine Brogan (2019 - 2021; now: Research Coordinator at UCSF)
Rui Zhang (2019 - 2021; now: MA student in I/O Psychology at New York University)
Sahrai Garcia (2019 - 2021)
Erin Conghuyen (2019 - 2021; now: Law Student at UC Hastings School of Law)
Ariel Tan (2021; now: Lab Manager in the UCI Working Memory & Plasticity Lab)
Daisy Mercado (2021; now: Research Staff at UCLA)
Sofia Babool (2021) former Summer Intern
Olivia Ramos Jacquez (2021) former SURF Intern
Isabel Hoffman (2021) former Summer Intern
Kevin Ramirez (2021 - 2022)
Rakat Rahman (2019 - 2022; now: Management Analyst)
Shakira Noriega (2020 - 2022)
Catherine Kagoo (2021 - 2022; now working at a marketing agency in Dallas, TX)
Habiba Amir (2022) former Summer Intern
Tenzing Choeying (2022) former Summer Intern
Jennifer Hodel (2022) former Summer Intern
Jolina Lee (2021 - 2022) former Thesis Student and SURP Recipient
Sophia Ma (2022)

Sophia Tong (2023)

Vivian Nguyen (2021 - 2023; now: School of Psychology PhD Student at UC Riverside) former SURP Recipient 

Jasmine Nguyen (2023)

Cassidy Wong (2021-2023; now:working at a Physical Therapy Clinic and part time ministry with Cru at UCI) former Thesis Student and SURP Recipient 

Lizbeth Romero (2023; now: MA in Human Factors at CSU Long Beach) former SURP Recipient 

Hannah Gonzales (2022-2023; now: Lab Manager at UC Riverside) former SURP Recipient 

Eli Robinson (2023; now: Lab Manager at University of Maryland) former SURP Recipient

Rae Petersen (2022-2023; now: legal internship at an immigration law firm and completing my paralegal certification at UCLA)

Jai'lyn Edwards (2023) former Summer Intern

Daphne Suh (2023) former Summer Intern

Vidusshi Hingad (2023) former Summer Intern

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