Project Coordinators

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Estephania Ovalle | Project Coordinator

Contact: estephaniao@berkeley.edu

Estephania Ovalle is a Project Coordinator and Sleep Therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in Dr. Harvey’s lab.  She graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. She began her research career working in Dr. Matthew Lieberman’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. At UCLA, Estephania worked on various projects, as well as an independent research project in the Culture and Anxiety lab for Mental Health Advances (CALMA), under Dr. Denise Chavira. She also worked as a CBT coach with the Depression Grand Challenge and as a mindfulness coach on the Youth Mindful Awareness Program study. Her responsibilities in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic includes managing databases, managing RA’s, recruitment, and administrative duties. Estephania’s research interests include treatment development and understanding the cognitive and behavioral differences in individuals experiencing mood related disorder.

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Julia Spencer | Project Coordinator

Julia is a Project Coordinator and Therapist with the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. She has a BS in Molecular biology from Mills College and a Post Baccalaureate certification through the UC Berkeley Research Psychology program. Julia has 3 years of experience working as a patient care manager through Alameda Health Systems at Highland hospital, 3 years of experience as a research associate and clinical interviewer in a lab focusing on the effects of stress on mental health and has been working with Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic for the last year and a half. Julia’s research interests include the relationship between mental health and sleep outcomes, particularly considering resilience and coping from early life stressors. In the future, Julia plans to be working on a PhD in Clinical Psychology

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Shayna Howlett | Project Coordinator

Contact: shayna_howlett@berkeley.edu

Shayna is a Project Coordinator for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in Dr. Harvey’s lab.  She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Theater and Performance Studies. At UC Berkeley, Shayna worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton’s Relationships and Social Cognitions Lab, Dr. Jason Okonofua’s Equity, Diversity, and Empathy Navigation Sciences Lab and Dr. Ellen Ever’s Preferences Lab in the Haas School of Business. Her responsibilities with The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic include data management, data consulting, training of undergraduate research assistants. 

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Sondra Tiab | Project Coordinator

Contact: sondratiab@berkeley.edu

Sondra Tiab is a Project Coordinator and Sleep Therapist for The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in Dr. Harvey’s Lab. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. At UC Berkeley, Sondra worked as a Research Assistant in the Depression Treatment and Parent-Teen Sleep Studies with The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. Prior to returning to Dr. Harvey’s lab, Sondra worked as a Research Coordinator in the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her responsibilities within The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic include recruitment, phone screening, scheduling, clinical assessments, data acquisition, financial management and training of undergraduate research assistants. Sondra’s research interests include sleep treatment development and habit formation science.