Maral Aghvinian is the research coordinator for Dr. Arentoft’s lab. She recently received her MA degree from the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at CSUN. Her thesis examined social functioning, empathy, and working memory in schizotypy. She received her BA as a member of the Cognitive Sciences Honor’s Program in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, while conducting research on neurocognition in HIV+ individuals and in those diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.



Karen Alvarez is a senior at CSUN who is majoring in Psychology and pre-med. She is part of BUILD PODER program as well the National Society of Leadership and Success. Karen also volunteers at a local elementary school, where she assists teachers in the classroom and during school events. Karen plans to pursue an MD/PhD degree after finishing her undergraduate degree. Her goals are to pursue a career in Psychiatry and conduct research on mental illnesses. Karen’s interests outside of academics include reading and hiking.


Marissa Garcia is a senior at CSUN majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She is a member of the BUILD PODER program. Marissa wants to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on neuropsychology. She is interested in looking into cognitive dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases such as dementias, including motor abnormalities like ataxias. She hopes to research the effects that factors such as age, ethnicity, genetics, and pollution can have on neurocognitive outcomes.




Laura Mossman is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at CSUN. She is a graduate of Los Angeles Mission College and the University of California, Merced. She credits her interest in becoming a neuropsychologist to her history of working with adults with cognitive disabilities. Before attending CSUN, Laura supervised a work site at the Help Group’s Bridgeport Vocational Education Center and volunteered with the Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program. Her research interests include neuroplasticity in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, and compensatory strategies in individuals with cognitive disabilities.




Maral Aghvinian, 2016-2018 lab member, was accepted into the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Fordham University.

Chen Gonen, 2016-2017 lab member, was accepted into the Cognition and Neuroscience PhD Program at the University of Texas, Dallas. She is researching cognitive aging.

Jaclyn Gross, 2015-2016 lab member, was accepted into the School Psychology PhD Program at the University of Arizona. She is researching sociocultural factors in relation to educational/academic and mental health outcomes in highly marginalized youth populations.

Larisa Gavrilova, 2015-2016 lab member, was accepted into the Health Psychology PhD program at the University of California, Merced. She is specializing in PsychoNeuroEndocrinology.

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