Research Assistants

Throughout the year, there may be opportunities to join our team. If you are interested in potentially working with the lab, please email a CV or resume along with a cover letter to Heather Hilmoe at heatherhilmoe@berkeley.edu

Current Research Assistants: 

Aditya Garg is a second year Molecular & Cell Biology: Neurobiology major at UC Berkeley. He is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and his primary responsibilities involve general study administration and recruitment. His research interests are, broadly, depression and cognitive neuroscience. In Aditya’s free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading books, and playing board games.

Ajitha Mallidi  is a first year intended Psychology major at UC Berkeley.  They are a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and their primary responsibilities are coding treatment videos.  Their research interests include mood disorders and respective treatment methods.  Ajitha hopes to attend graduate school for Psychology, and is working to gain exposure to the field.  In Ajitha’s free time, they enjoy baking, playing violin, and taking care of dogs.

Alexis Han is a second year Cognitive Science major and Data Science minor at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the Depression Treatment study in the GBSMRC and her primary responsibilities are data tasks, and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. Her research interests mental illnesses, artificial intelligence, and mostly anything related to the human brain. In Alexis’ free time, she enjoys singing, taking walks on a sunny day, and connecting with friends

Allyson Bisgay is a third year at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience with a minor in finance. She is a research assistant for the summer in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC. Her research interests are broadly, mood disorders and emotion regulation, and she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after graduation. In Allyson’s free time, she enjoys yoga, baking, and working out.

Anya Fang is a third year Public Health major and an Asian American studies major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts.  Her research interested include the study of depression treatments for adolescents and the disparities of mental health treatment within minority communities.  Additionally, as a member of the ASUC Mental Health Commission and UC Berkeley’s University Health Service’s Health Fee Advisory Board, Anya actively engages in community efforts to de-stigmatize and promote mental health resources for students.  In her free time, she enjoys photography and cooking for friends!

Aviyanca Prakash graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 and currently works in management consulting.  Her ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist, and she works as a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC.  Her primary responsibilities include coding treatment videos.  She’s interested in pursuing research related to depression and anxiety along with spirituality as a coping mechanism for mental health disorders.  In her free time, Aviyanca loves taking walks, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends.

Barbara Liao is a third year Psychology major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the Parent-Teen Sleep Improvement study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data tasks and assisting with administrative efforts. Her research interests include mood disorders and parent-child relationships. In her free time, Barbara enjoys traveling, dancing, and watching cat videos.

Cailin Greenburg is a research assistant for the community mental health study in the GBSMRC, and a fourth year molecular environmental biology major at UC Berkeley. Her primary responsibilities include qualitative coding of interviews from providers and patients around  the implementation of a transdiagnostic sleep treatment in community mental health clinics. Cailin is interested in transdiagnostic mechanisms, third wave cognitive behavioral therapies, and equity of access to mental health support. She is involved in mental health advocacy through leading the UC Berkeley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and facilitating the East Bay OCD Support Group. In her free time, Cailin likes to impatiently bird watch and to make (often bird-related) art.

Caitlin Byrnes graduated from Stanford in 2017 with a BA in Political Science and an MA in communication.  Her primary responsibilities are data and administrative/recruitment efforts.  Her research interests include the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and mental health.  She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and reading.

Claudine Narayan is a third year intended Psychology and Integrative Biology double major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistnat in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data tasks and assisting with recruitment and administrative efforts. Her research interests are mood and anxiety disorders, and her career goal is to become a psychiatrist. In Claudine’s free time, she enjoys participating in South Asian cultural events on campus, watching horror movies, trying new food, and hiking with her friends

Colin Lee graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 with a BS in Biopsychology.  He is a new research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC.  His primary responsibilities will be in the admin/recruitment and data crews.  His research interests include the study of the neurobiological bases of psychotic and affective disorders and the implementation of these findings to formulate or strengthen effective treatments.  He is also intrigued by synaptic plasticity and neurotransmitter switching to help define the differences between neural pathways and their communicators in healthy and abnormal brains.  Colin hopes to eventually pursue a Clinical Psychology degree.  He enjoys skating, reading classics, and watching basketball.

Christopher Blay is a fourth year Psychology major transfer student at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the process evaluation and community recall studies in the GBSMRC. She also volunteers as a research assistant in the Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment program at UCSF under Rachel Loewy. Her primary responsibilities are qualitative coding and data organization and entry. Her research interests include serious mental illness and cognitive interventions. Outside of academia, Christopher works as a bartender in Oakland and enjoys watercolor painting and spending time with her two dogs.

Erika Schultz is a Psychology graduate from UCSC.  Currently, she is a research assistant in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data tasks, and assisting with admin and recruitment efforts.  Her research interests are mainly with childhood emotional neglect, and mood disorders in adolescents.  She hopes to pursue a Master’s in Counseling or Clinical Psych in the future.  In her free time, Erika enjoys watching movies, baking, and reading.

Esther Kao is a rising junior at UC Berkeley and intends to double major in English and Cognitive Science.  She is part of the recording crew and data crew for the depression treatment study at the GBSMRC, and hopes to learn more about internalizing disorders such as depression or anxiety.  She also has an interest in the overarching topic of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.  When Esther has a bit of time on her hands, she enjoys jamming with her roommates (in her apartment alone there are 5+ musical instruments) and seeking distractions in the form of books, anime, or video games.

Ethan Willbrand is a second year Psychology and MCB major at UC Berkeley.  He is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and his primary responsibilities are data tasks, and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. His research interests are focused on, broadly, mental health, mood, and psychiatric disorders. Specifically he is interested in depression and anxiety.  He plans to one day attend medical school and become a psychiatrist.  In Ethan’s free time, he enjoys rowing for the Cal Lightweight Rowing Club, swimming, hiking, biking — generally being active — reading, and listening to podcasts.

Giana Teresi is a fourth year Psychology major at UC Berkeley, and she is a research assistant in the parent-teen sleep intervention study in the GBSMRC. Her primary responsibilities are data tasks, coding treatment videos, and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. Her research interests include, broadly, social and emotional mechanisms in mental health, and transdiagnostic approaches to mental health treatments. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In Giana’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, re-reading Harry Potter, and making music

Hannah Rich studied Human Biology at Stanford University with a particular focus in human development, behavior, and psychology. She went on to teach middle and high school social studies for five years in New Orleans public schools, where she became increasingly interested in the mental and physical health challenges young people face. In her spare time, Hannah loves to be outside hiking and campling

Hika Masuda is a third year at UC Berkeley studying Psychology and Statistics. He is a research assistant at the GBSMRC, and his primary research tasks are assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. Some of his research interests include mood disorders and emotional development. In his free time, Hika enjoys cooking, singing, and dreaming about traveling the world. He hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology in the future.

Hongye Chen is a third year Psychology major at UC Berkeley. He is a research assistanti n the GBSMRC and his primary responsibilities are data tasks and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. He is interested in depression treatment and anxiety treatments. In his free time he enjoys playing badminton and listening to music.

Isabel Moghtaderi is a third year Integrative Biology major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are primarily coding treatment videos, and assisting with administrative tasks.  Isabel’s research interests broadly includes intersections between biology and psychology, and the role of emotion regulation in depression/anxiety in children.  She is interested in pursuing a PhD in child clinical psychology.  In her free time, Isabel enjoys playing volleyball, going to the beach, and is currently reading a Song of Ice and Fire.

Jessica Gruenstein went to Columbia University for her undergrad, double-majoring in Psychology and Creative Writing.  She is thrilled to be joining the GBSMRC team as a research assistant for the recording crew!  Her primary responsibilities will be in the recording crew, where she will be listening to therapy sessions, creating Excel sheets, and ensuring patient confidentiality with HIPAA-compliant procedures.  Her research interests include child and adult psychopathology (especially mood disorders), and socio-emotional processes and their development.  She is currently a preschool teacher, and in her free time she likes to cook and bake, draw, and sing along to Broadway soundtracks.

Kamla Arshad is an upcoming junior at Cornell University studying Psychology.  She is a research assistant at the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic, and her primary responsibilities include reviewing therapy tapes for and performing HIPAA-compliant procedures to ensure patient confidentiality.  Her research interests include mood disorders and schizophrenia.  In Kamla’s free time, she enjoys hiking, drinking bubble tea, and playing paintball.  She hopes to earn a Ph.D in clinical psychology and travel all around the world.

Krista Fisher is a third year Psychology major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibility involves coding treatment videos.  Her research interests include emotion regulation, mood disorders, and childhood adversity.  In Krista’s free time, she enjoys camping, going to the beach, and live music.

Kristal Lam is a third year Molecular and Cell Biology major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibility is reviewing therapy tapes for recording errors and for HIPAA-compliant procedures.  Her interest in psychology was sparked by her interactions with psychiatric patients as an EMT, and she hopes to be a child psychiatrist in the future.  In her free time, she enjoys binging shows on Netflix and chilling with her Yorkie, Ross.

Kyra Kent is a third year Psychology major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data tasks, coding treatment videos, and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. Her research interests are mood disorders and their treatments.  Kyra dreams to build her own mental health hospital. Kyra plays on the Cal Field Hockey team, loves to bake chocolate chip cookies, and enjoys going on foodie adventures!

Laurel Martinez is a rising senior majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Human Rights Interdiscplinary at Cal.  She is a research assistant in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic and her main roles include data tasks and administrative responsibilities.  Prior to attending Cal, she worked as a research assistant at the San Diego Zoo through a collaboration with San Diego Mesage College where she studies proximity behaviors in a Mandrillus Sphinz family unit.  After graduating she plans to either pursue a Ph.D in Psychology or a J.D. to practice law.  In Laurel’s free time, she enjoys spending time in nature and taking ballet classes.

Linnea Lampinen is a second year double majoring in Psychology and Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant on the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data tasks and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts.  Linnea is interested in research on treatments for anxiety and depression, including cognitive therapy and medications that promote neurogenesis.  In Linnea’s free time she enjoys hiking, camping, playing guitar, and spending time with her friends and their dogs.

Lisi Ludwig is a first year Cognitive Science and Psychology major of UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant at the GBSMRC where her primary responsibilities include assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. In the future, Lisi hopes to earn her graduate degree and become involved with more behavioral research at a major univeristy or company. Her interests include stalking Malcolm Galdwell on twitter, listening to Malcolm Gladwell podcasts, and reading Malcolm Gladwell books. When she isn’t obsessing over Malcolm Gladwell, Lisi enjoys watching documentaries and playing soccer. Lisi is the youngest of three daughters and was born and raised in Galena, IL.

Lu Wah Hung  graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology in 2013.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study at the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibility is coding treatment videos.  In her previous role as a research assistant at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, she was heavily involved in different research activities such as recruiting participants and moderating focus groups for various cultural and psychosocial studies.  Her research interests broadly lie in cultural influences in emotional regulation and mood disorder.  She is also interested in gaining experience of cognitive behavior therapy and working under clinic setting.  In her free time, Lu enjoys exploring her neighbourhood, watching anime, and salsa dancing.

Marlen Diaz is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic, and her primary responsibility is coding treatment videos. Her research interests include mood and psychopathology in adolescents and the dissemination of treatments for adolescents in school/community settings.  Marlen’s future goals include providing treatment in school settings in hopes of fostering better learning environments for students.  In her free time, Marlen enjoys yoga, listening to podcasts and spending time with family and friends.

Michaela Chai is a third year Psychology and Political Economy double major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are with the recording crew.  She’s interested in studying internalizing disorders and how mental illnesses develop during childhood.  After graduating, she hopes to work in the fields of education or public policy.  In her free time, Michaela enjoys singing, baking cookies, watching Marvel movies, and making to-do lists.

Miral Abbas is a second year intended Public Health major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and their primary responsibilities are coordinating projects, sleep diaries, post session tasks, research and administrative works, and recruiting participants with outreach and flying. Her research interests include studying mood and brain disorders, and childhood early learning. In Miral’s free time, she enjoys running, baking and cooking, watching movies, and photography!

Priyanka Kannabran is a first year Intended Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology double major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant at Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic. Her duties include coding CT treatment videos, data entry, as well as administrative duties relating to the studies. Her research interests include sleep and behavioral research as well as psychological disorders relating to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In Priyanka’s free time, she enjoys dancing, writing and reading mystery novels.

Sandya Krishna is a third year Public Health major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the parent-teen sleep intervention study at the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are qualitative data coding.  Her research interests are, broadly, sleep disorders and sleep interventions.  In Sandya’s free time, she enjoys reading fiction novels and trying new desserts.

Sofia Andrade is a rising fourth year Psychology major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant for the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsiblities include reviewing therapy tapes and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. She currently has various research interests, including the relationship between developmental psychopathology and cultural factors, as well as treatment development. Her goal is to become a clinical psychologist so that she can help children and adolescents who are struggling with mental illness. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, writing, spending time with her friends and family, and wandering around the beautiful UC Berkeley botanical gardens.

Sondra Tiab is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibility is reviewing therapy tapes for recording errors and for HIPAA-compliant procedures.  Sondra is interested in research that seeks to further understand sleep and improve insomnia treatments.  Her research interests also include cognition and mood disorders.   She aspires to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.  In Sondra’s free time, she enjoys baking, skincare, watching films, and anything related to Halloween.

Tavisha Thapar is a second year Psychology and Statistics major at UC Berkeley. She is a research assistant at the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are data entry tasks, uploading and reviewing therapy tapes, and assisting with core operations within the lab. Her general research interests are new treatments for anxiety and depression, working memory and other cognitive functions, as well as mindfulness-based treatment approaches to various mental illnesses. In Tavisha’s free time, she enjoys hiking, writing, hanging out with friends, and reading cool books.

Xinyu (Lydia) Lu is a third year Psychology and Communication major at University of Pittsburgh. In Core lab, her responsiblities are recruiting participants, preparing sesions, and doing post-session tasks. Her research interests are, broadly, mental health disorders and social relationships. Her career goal is to become a mental health counselor. In Xinyu’s free time, she enjoys singing, traveling, and taking pictures of animals.