RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Caitlin Huang

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Information Systems, Statistics and Machine Learning, 2022

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Research Interests: The applications of machine learning in healthcare and finance.
Fun Fact: I had an unnamed turtle for nine years.

Clarice Meffert

Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Sustainable Design, 2023

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Research Interests: environmental impact on psychological and physiological health, including stress, and exploring potential mitigation strategies through design
Fun Fact: I finished my bachelor's degree in psychology, with a human factors focus, before transitioning to a design major

Erin Chen

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Neuroscience (Applied Multilingual Studies minor), 2024

Hometown: Changzhou, China
Research Interests: I’m interested in the science and societal factors behind mental health problems. I hope to explore methods of early intervention for mental disorders and effective treatments.
Fun Fact: I knit, go walking, and eat for relaxation. I’m not a social media person.

Esther Ahn

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Statistics and Machine Learning, 2022

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Research Interests: Application of statistics and data science in medicine and healthcare and using technology to understand human emotions.
Fun Fact: I love Yoga, ice cream, macaroons, listening to nature ASMR, and hiking!

James Chupalio

University of Pittsburgh
B.S. in Biology, 2022

Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Research Interests: Psychology, Biology, Education
Fun Fact: I was adopted from Korea!

Jodie Hung

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Psychology, 2023

Hometown: Hong Kong
Research Interests: Social psychology/behavior economics and health psychology.
Fun Fact: If you know the actress Constance Wu from the movie Crazy Rich Asians, I’m her second cousin!​

Jordan Albert

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.

Kunal Joshi

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Computational Biology, 2023

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Research Interests: Data collection, mining, and visualization: making information widespread, usable, and clear!
Fun Fact: I was born on Friday the 13th during a full moon.

Nicole Sim

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Decision Sciences & Statistics, 2024

Hometown: Northern VA
Research Interests: I'm interested in our different responses and thresholds to stress. I hope to explore more on how various strategies such as mindfulness or meditation can be taught and used as a tool for many to combat stress, anxiety, and mental illnesses.
Fun Fact: I like visiting art museums and reading! You'll often catch me baking cookies, or trying out Pittsburgh restaurants!

Patrick O'Connell

Hometown: Lyme, CT
Research Interests: Meditation, research methods, ayurveda
Fun Fact: I am a certified yoga teacher and ayurveda health practitioner

Stanley Duong

Carnegie Mellon University Undecided, 2025

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Research Interests: Health, clinical, and counseling psychology
Fun fact: I am currently learning how to breakdance where I hope to either compete or teach in the future.

Yiqing (Skylar ) Yu

Carleton College
B.A. in Psychology, 2021

Hometown: Suzhou, China
Research Interests: Stress, coping strategies, and preventions of mental health problems
Fun Fact: I’m a singer, a barista and a fan of Criminal Minds.