2017-2018 RESEARCH TEAM
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.
Nanako Hawley is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at CSUN. She received her BA from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in cognitive science, specializing in neuroscience, and minored in psychology and dance. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she relocated to Las Vegas to follow her passions and volunteer in research labs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Nanako’s goal is obtain a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology.