Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Hassan Barnett

Hassan is a 3rd year studying Psychology and Communications at UCD. His research interests and professional goals sit at the intersection of family law, counseling, and public relations. For example, he is interested in how the coping mechanisms children use in response to trauma shape their subsequent relationships, especially with non-nuclear family members. Hassan has also worked with the Dynamic Interactions in Cognition and Emotion Laboratory, was a Marketing Assistant for Marble Mosaic, and served as the Recruitment & Retention Coordinator of the Cleftomaniacs A Cappella group. He enjoys writing screenplays and performing poetry. 

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Kealani Beltran

Kealani is a 4th year at UCD majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. She is passionate about mental health advocacy, and plans to pursue an MSW or MFT post-graduation. Kealani is specifically interested in how relationship dynamics influence our well-being and sense of self -- especially for marginalized or minority groups. She is currently the Holistic Retention Coordinator for American Indian Recruitment and Retention, and is directing an Indigenous day for Mental Health Awareness Month. She also works with the Students Against Suicide organization, and is a board member for the Davis Aggie Lions Club.

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Tessa Hansen-Smith

Tessa is a 2nd year at UCD studying Psychology on the pre-Health track. She is especially interested in the overlap between psychological and biological processes, and is interested in how the relationship quality between medical professionals and patients promotes effective communication, recovery and care. She plans to pursue a career in Nursing, but is also interested in doctoral programs focusing on health, relationships, and well-being. Tessa is currently a supervisor for the UCD Coffee House in the Memorial Student Union, and is presently training to become the Manager of Dr. Eastwick's Research Laboratory.

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Veronica Herrera

Veronica is a 4th year at UCD majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Chicana/o Studies. She is interested in using principles of social psychology to better understand the relationship between clinicians and clients. For example, she is interested in exploring what factors shape the healthy formation and maintenance of clinical relationships, and what types of variables lead to their eventual dissolution. She plans to pursue an MFT and would like to specialize in working with marginalized communities. Veronica has also worked as a research assistant in the Personality and Self Knowledge Laboratory, has worked with the Davis Bridge Program, and contributed to the UC Davis Mental Health Initiative

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Aastha Mittal

Aastha is a 2nd year at UCD double majoring in Cognitive Science and Quantitative Psychology. She is currently interested in how attachment style and other individual differences (e.g., self esteem) affect the duration and success of romantic relationships. She is also interested in clinically related individual differences and their relationship to socially condemned behavior. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on de-stigmatizing mental health diagnoses -- especially for younger populations in the system. Aastha is a member and choreographer for MOBility Dance Crew, as well as of the UC Davis Cognitive Psychology Club and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. She also works as a Resident Advisor in the freshmen residence halls with UC Davis Student Housing.

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Skye Nadel

Skye is a 4th year at UCD double majoring in Economics and Applied Statistics. His research interests fall within applied microeconomics, including behavioral economics, decision theory, information economics, health economics, and their intersections with psychology. He is particularly interested in the psychology of decision making and its implications for interpersonal interaction. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in data science or health economics, and hopes to work in the health industry. Skye is currently a data analyst intern for the Center for Student Affairs Assessment, and is a tutor in economics, statistics, and calculus for the Student Academic Success Center.

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Emily Rabbitt

Emily is a 3rd year student at UCD majoring in Psychology with a pre-Health track. She is interested in research that integrates neurological and psychological processes to better understand patient health, especially after traumatic injury. She plans to apply to Physician Assistant programs post-graduation. Currently she is completing a Phlebotomy Certification program. Additionally she worked as the New Member Education Coordinator for Alpha Chi Omega, and is currently the Facility Operator.

 

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Roan Raymundo

Roan is a 4th year at UCD majoring in Human Development. After becoming an avid reader of the Modern Love column in the New York Times, Roan developed an interest in the science behind romance and attraction.  More specifically, she is interested in the conditions that foster attraction and the physiological and psychological consequences of heart break. She hopes to enter an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, where she will   specialize in pediatrics or psychiatry. Roan is also a research assistant for the Peer Relations Lab in the Department of Human Ecology, a member of the pre-health society Kappa Gamma Delta, a volunteer for the student-run Willow Clinic and the UCD Mental Health Initiative, and a student barista for Peet's Coffee on campus.


Interested in Working in the Lab?

Research assistants in the Attraction and Relationships Research Lab have multiple responsibilities.  These hard-working undergraduates work with each other, the graduate students, and Dr. Eastwick on a variety of ongoing research projects. Research assistants' duties include:

  • Running experimental sessions
  • Coding data
  • Developing study material
  • Attending weekly lab meetings
  • Reading relevant literature  

Are you interested joining the lab?  Those who do will gain valuable experience, including:

  • Learning about every stage for the research process
  • Learning about current issues in the field of relationship science and social psychology
  • Learning about careers in behavioral research
  • Building a competitive graduate school application
  • Building personal relationships with professionals in the field
  • Building personal relationships with other students who share your academic interests

We recruit research assistants three times a year (at the end of each quarter).  If the research assistant position appeals to you, contact Dr. Eastwick at eastwick@ucdavis.edu. He or one his graduate students will contact you about the interview process.