LEAD PROJECT MANAGERS

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AVA LICCIONE

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A. in Psychology, 2020


Hometown: Waxhaw, NC


Research Interests: My research interests focus broadly on health outcomes, stress and resilience, and interoception. I am interested in interventions for behavioral change to promote positive health behaviors, such as exercise, mindfulness practices, and medication adherence. I also seek to investigate how factors such as interoceptive ability can mediate stress and aging, and whether interventions such as physical activity and meditation can strengthen interoception sensibility and sensitivity.


Fun Fact: My goal is to visit every U.S. National Park.

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REYNA JONES

University of Pittsburgh

B.Phil. in Psychology and Anthropology, 2020

Hometown: Monongahela, PA

Research Interests: I believe as we continue to move toward a more holistic approach to medicine, understanding the impact of psychosocial and behavioral health in chronic conditions and diseases is critical. Consequently, I am passionate about the use and efficacy of psychosocial and behavioral health interventions to both prevent detrimental health conditions and positively impact health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions.

Fun Fact: I absolutely love music! I am a vocalist, and my favorite musical is The Phantom of the Opera. I am also a violinist, and my goal is to one day play the Theme from Schindler’s List on the violin.

PROJECT MANAGERS

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AMBER QUINN

Carnegie Mellon University

B.A. in Professional and Creative Writing, 2021

Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA

Research Interests: I’m intrigued by the function of communication in scientific settings. Whether the lab is sending out surveys or posting flyers around the city, clear and concise writing is a key component to engaging their audience and sharing information. I look forward to learning more about the overlap between psychology and communication during my time with the lab.

Fun Fact: I went skydiving in South Africa!

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BETHANY NICOLE SANOV

Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. in Psychology with a clinical concentration and minor in Gender Studies, May 2022

Hometown: Austin, TX

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in studying research questions among underserved communities, such as racial and ethnic minorities or gender and sexual minorities, in order to expand our understanding of health outcomes beyond populations traditionally used in research (e.g., White, upper/middle class, cis-gendered, educated participants). Particularly, I am interested in understanding the unique factors that contribute to health outcomes among certain social groups (e.g., minority stress, internal stigmatization, community social support), and the contexts in which certain strategies and interventions work best for specific communities. 

Fun Fact: I have a poor sense of smell, so I can eat really spicy food!

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BRENNA NOVAK

University of Cincinnati

B.S. in Psychology, 2018

 

Hometown: Columbus, OH

 

Research Interests: My goal as a researcher is to understand how health and wellness can be supported with integrative health and mind-body practices, and the corresponding physiological and psychological mechanisms responsible. I am particularly interested in the effects of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga on neuroplasticity, and how these benefits can improve health and wellness.

Fun Fact: I love to run! I have finished 10 half marathons and have traveled as far away as Vancouver for races.

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JORDAN ALBERT

University of Pittsburgh

B.S. in Information Systems, 2015

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests:  I'm interested in studying the intersection of stress and resilience, as well as moderators (i.e., social support structure, mindfulness, conscientiousness) to understand the contributing factors to human thriving so that we can implement effective interventions among the adult and adolescent population of the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Fun Fact: I enjoy listening to podcasts, hiking with my dog, frequenting museums, as well as time spent with family and within the community. I disposed of my TV about two years ago and thoroughly enjoy that decision.

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LANA AL DOORI

Carlow University

B.S. in Biology, 2020

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests:  I’m interested in a comprehensive approach to medicine with a focus on mind-body interaction.  I’m especially intrigued by the impact of psychology on physiological states and understanding how implementing behavioral health interventions impacts the overall health and wellness of patients, particularly those with chronic illnesses.

Fun Fact:  I’m bilingual, I have lived in three different countries, and I went scuba diving in Mexico. 

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RORY DUTCHER

Ruffgers University

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, June 2020

Nickname: Lab Lab

Research Interests: My one great passion is reducing people's stress through social interaction. I have donated my body via pets and stomach rubs, always for the good of science, countless times. While I focus mainly on relationships and connections, I can also be found researching Pavlovian conditioning, positive reinforcement in the form of blueberries, and the benefits that stem from a good nap in the sun.

Fun Fact: I am regularly dubbed the "most walked dog" in the neighborhood.