RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Cait Frazier

Washington State University
B.A. in Social Science, 2014

Hometown: Poulsbo, WA
Research Interests: resiliency, identity, and belonging among individuals, groups, and orgs; alternative healing methods and communities of practice; ethnographic methods; health neuroscience
Fun Fact: I am training for a triathlon and just started practicing karate! I also name all of my houseplants. Currently, I just have Carl, the philodendron.

Chaeyoung Kim

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2024

Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ
Research Interests: Social and health psychology
Fun Fact: I love baking while listening to Rex Orange County!

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.

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!​

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, MD
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.

Vincent Correia

Slippery Rock University
B.S. in Psychology with a Concentration in Neuroscience, 2022

Hometown: Robinson Township, PA
Research Interests: I am interested in relationship between thoughts/behaviors and how they are represented in the CNS. I am also interested in positive psychology, resilience, and reward systems in the brain. I want to see how they can be used to improve mental health and wellness for all populations.
Fun Fact: I was born in Moscow, Russia!

Vivian Lin

Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. in Psychology, 2025

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Research Interests: Finding scientific interpretations behind stress and its management, seeing how research methods and procedures are created and executed, and getting to use fancysmancy technology for neuroimaging, data collection, etc.
Fun Fact: I can break an apple in half with my hands!

Zhongchi Li

Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2023

Hometown: Nanjing, China
Research Interests: I’m interested in mental health problems caused by social and physiological factors, like personality disorders and social exclusion. I want to find any beneficial intervention strategies to help people, especially minority groups, deal with stress and depression and help reduce stereotypes and prejudice.
Fun Fact: I like country folk, playing guitar, and playing MOBA games!