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.

Alexander (Alec) Ethell  is an first year intended Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology double major at UC Berkeley.  He is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC and primarily works with entering data.  He is interested in psychopathological and biomedical research, especially in mood disorders and neurologically based illnesses. In Alec’s free time, he enjoys painting acrylics, reading, hiking, and watching films.

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!

Aom Chantalat is a junior exchange student studying Business Administration at Haas. She is a research assistant in GBSMRC, as her primary responsibilities are to design advertising materials, increase brand awareness, organize online focus group and come up with advertising strategies. Her research interests are broadly psychology, wellness, and business. Aom was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. In Aom’s free time, she enjoys hiking, watching Youtube, practicing meditation and reading good books.

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.

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.

Cammie Young is a first-year Psychology and Public Health major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities include data tasks and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts.  Her research interests include sleep disorders, depression treatments, and post-traumatic stress disorders.  During her free time, Cammie enjoys graphic designing on Photoshop, listening to music, and traveling the world.  She plans to attend medical school after her undergraduate career and aspires to become a pediatrician.

Carla Fernandez is a third year Psychology and Legal Studies double major at UC Berkeley. They are a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and their primary responsibilities are data tasks, coding treatment videos, and assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts. Their research interests are substance use disorders and mood disorders. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, and continue research in Latino mental health issues. On her free time, she likes to play rugby, read mystery novels and walk her seven dogs!

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 Grey is a second year majoring in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley.  He is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and his primary responsibilities are qualitative data tasks.  His research interests are broadly, sleep and mood disorders specifically through the inner workings of the neural networks.  In Christopher’s free time, he enjoys playing soccer, watching the Warriors, and spending time with friends.

Ellen Chang  is a third year  Cognitive Science major and Public Health minor at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the GBSMRC and her primary responsibilities include assisting with administrative and recruitment efforts, along with data tasks.  Her research interested are, broadly, sleep and mood disorders, and the study of various cognitive functions.  In Ellen’s free time, she enjoys dancing, photography, videography, and editing, graphic design, hiking, watching movies, reading, and playing piano and ukulele.

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.

Eunji Cho is a first year student at UC Berkeley, who plans to major in Psychology.  She is a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC, and her primary responsibilities are contacting organizations for study recruitment, doing post-session tasks, recruiting participants/flyering, preparing for sessions, and various other administrative tasks.  Eunji hopes to become a psychologist in the future, and in her free time, she enjoys jogging and going shopping with her friends.

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 Ishimuro is a volunteer research assistant in Dr. Harvey’s lab. She graduated from Leipzig University in Germany with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Psychology. Hannah wrote her master’s thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Julian Schmitz in which she investigated comorbid social anxiety and sleep disorders in adolescents, and post-stressor rumination as a transdiagnostic process. During her time in Leipzig, Hannah also worked as a research assistant for the ‘Leipzig Study for Mind-Body-Emotion Interactions’ at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. At the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic, Hannah is working on a systematic review on adaptations of evidence-based treatments. Her research interests lie in the comorbidity of mental illness and transdiagnostic processes, as well as the development and implementation of interventions.

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.

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.

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!

Laura Molesky is a Research Assistant in Dr. Harvey’s lab where she is involved with recruitment, data entry, reviewing therapy tapes for recording errors and HIPAA-compliant procedures, administering mid-treatment assessments, and administrative tasks.  As an undergraduate, Laura contributed to qualitative research focusing on rural American high schools.  She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, and went on to work in education, technology, and marketing before deciding to pursue graduate studies in Psychology.  Laura is broadly interested in the relationship between mental and physical health, and is eager to study this topic with the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.  A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Laura spends her time outside the lab freelancing as a travel copywriter, trying to find the best local ice cream, and thinking that she should be hiking.

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.

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!

Olivia On is a third year Neurobiology and Psychology major at UC Berkeley.  She is a research assistant in the new Parent-Teen sleep study in the GBSMRC, and her starting tasks include assisting with data and coding.  Her research interests are, broadly, the elucidation of psychological disorders and the mechanisms of neurological illnesses.  She hopes to either attend graduate school or medical school to further learn the psychopathological research of the brain.  In Olivia’s free time, she enjoys playing the trumpet and piano, practicing martial arts, shopping, and playing with her dog.

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.

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.

Todd Isaacson has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, and he is currently a research assistant in the depression treatment study in the GBSMRC.  His responsibilities primarily include mid-treatment assessments, administrative/recruitment activities, and data.  His research interests include sleep and sleep disorders, with a focus on primary insomnia.  In Todd’s free time he enjoys reading, writing, and knitting.