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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Berke Yasar

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Neuroscience, Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2025

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Research Interests: I am interested in analyzing and learning about the significance of one's psychological, genetic, and environmental factors contributing to stress altering and affecting individuals. Also, I want to find approachable coping techniques.
Fun Fact: My family is from Turkey and I spend most of my off-semester time there if I am able to.

Chloe Sung

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. Psychology with Minor in Biomedical Engineering, 2022

Hometown: Gangnam, Seoul
Research Interests: I am interested in exploring how mindfulness can help manage perceived pain during episodes associated with various chronic illnesses, specifically focusing on migraine without aura.
Fun Fact: I serve as a teaching assistant for three (!) courses each semester.

Divyasri Krishnan

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Decision Science, December 2024

Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts
Research Interests: Multilingualism and strategic thinking, especially in health contexts
Fun Fact: I'm learning Sanskrit at the University of Pittsburgh!

Helena Locateli

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. Psychology and Decision Science with a Spanish Minor, 2026

Hometown: Sierra Madre, California
Research Interests: My research interests span most psychology studies and fields. The two that I am more fascinated with are studies of health and social psychology. Group interaction is especially enjoyable to study because of the naturally occurring dynamics of human behavior within decision-making. The impacts of positive mental health methods on the human body are also important to study as mental health can often be overlooked.
Fun Fact: My favorite author is Michael Crichton and I am on the women's soccer team here at CMU.

Isha Nambisan

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2025

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Research Interests: Sports and health neuroscience
Fun Fact: I am a varsity student athlete on the women's basketball team here at CMU!

Jordan Hsieh

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology, 2025

Hometown: Houston, TX
Research Interests: Health psychology, child development
Fun Fact: I'm named after Michael Jordan!

Marisa Tozzi

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Psychology, 2025

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Research Interests: Developmental disorders and the impacts stress and trauma have on young children.
Fun Fact: Hockey is my favorite sport.

Niki Wang

Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. 2027

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Research Interests: Social psychology and the psychology behind stress and wellness!
Fun fact: I have 2 parakeets (1 blue and 1 green) and I recently visited Spain during the Spring in 2023!

Patrick O'Connell

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

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