Hello! My name is Alexa Lino and I’m a third-year Psychology major. I’m particularly interested in Developmental Psychology and seeing how individuals change over the course of their lives. I joined this lab because I want to gain a deeper understanding of how dealing with hardships and facing adversity shape a child’s character. In addition, I’m  hoping to gain valuable research skills that I can use in graduate school in the future.

Salutations! My name is Alfredo J. Bolaños and I am currently a graduating fourth year Psychology major & TRIO Scholar at UC Riverside. I joined the lab in the Winter of 2017 as I have a great interest in Developmental Psychopathology. In addition, I would like to research more about how children, teens, and young adults adapt to adversities that occur in life and finding successful behavioral interventions to help teach & develop healthy coping mechanisms. After I graduate, my goal is to definitely obtain a Master’s degree and possibly a PhD in Clinical Psychology or School Psychology. I hope to one day contribute more LGBTQIA+ topics into Psychology research as it has historically been underrepresented.

Hi, my name is Amy Villanueva. I am a second year Psychology major. This is my first year in the Ad lab. I joined this lab because I am interested in child development and I want to gain more experience in a research lab. My future plans are to go to graduate school and obtain my Master degree in Clinical Psychology.


Hi! My name’s Brenda Meza and I’m currently a 3rd year psychology student at UCR. After I graduate, I plan to go to graduate school. I joined the Ad lab in order to understand child development on a deeper level. I’m excited to learn while also gaining hands on experience by working in a lab. I’m not sure what I want to do in the long run but I’m hoping that this experience will guide me to it.


 Hello! My name is Camille Lamb and I am currently a third-year psychology and English major. I joined the lab in Winter 2019 because I am interested in learning more about coping mechanisms developed in children that later affect their role within society. My future aspiration is to to graduate school to become a Forensic Psychologist.

Hi, my name is Carolina Herrera. I graduated from UCR in Spring 2018 and started working at the AdLab  that Fall. I joined the AdLab because it will help me learn more about children experiencing adversity. I feel this is an important population foe me to have experience with since I am interested in pursuing a Masters in Social Work.


Hello! I’m Christian Garcia. I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with my B.A. in Psychology. I started working with the Adaptation and Adversity lab in the summer of 2017. My research interests focus on dyadic relationships and how social support factors may associate with adaptive or maladaptive outcomes within members of the dyads. I am currently interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Hello! My name is Christina Vu and I’m a second year psychology major. I joined the Ad Lab in Fall 2018 because in the future I would like to work with children, especially those at-risk, in a psychological aspect. My goal after graduating is to go to grad school and get a PhD so I can open up my own clinic!

Hello, my name is Daniel Garcia Rodriguez and I am currently a second year psychology student at UC Riverside. I joined the AD Lab in order to to gain invaluable experience and knowledge on child development. After I graduate, I have plans on obtaining a Master’s degree in counseling in order for me to be able to reach my career goal of being a high school counselor.

Hello, my name is Deja Goodwin and I am a third year sociology major. I joined the Ad Lab because of my interest in the foster system and its impact on children. After graduating from UCR, my goal is to earn my PhD in sociology. I plan to do research on race relation and teach at a university.

Hello! My name is Derrian Tabilin and I’m currently a third-year undergraduate psychology major. I joined AdLab during the Spring quarter of 2017 because I am interested in how children and adolescents react adapt to different adversities, and I believe the work being done in AdLab has important and meaningful implications. After I graduate from UCR, I plan to continue my education in psychology and/or Deaf culture studies and sign linguistics at a graduate school, and ultimately pursue a career in research.

Hello, my name is Eva Arenas. I am a third-year undergraduate student studying psychology. I just started Ad Lab this quarter. I joined the lab to gain research experience in my field and develop new skills. I am delighted to be working with children! My future goals are to attend graduate school and study child development.

Hi! My name is Geraldine Quiñones. I am a third year double majoring in Psychology and Education. I joined the Ad Lab because I am interested in learning and being exposed on how children develop when going through adverse experiences. After graduating I want to go to Graduate school and get my teaching credential and Master’s degree. In the future when I work with children, I would like to know how to help them effectively and I believe that with experiences from the lab I will be able to achieve it.

Hi! My name is Ida Moumneh and I am a fourth year Psychology major. I joined the Ad lab primarily because I am interested in child development and I would like to gain more experience in this field. My goal is to get a Masters of Social Work and pursue a career in child therapy, especially for children who have experienced trauma.

Howdy! My name is Jackson Huang. I am a third-year Psychology major. I joined the AD Lab in the winter of 2018 because I wanted to gain knowledge and exposure in psychological research. My plan after UCR is to attend a graduate school to attain a masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology, which then I will pursue an applied career in I/O psychology.

Hi! My name is Jailene Mazariegos and I’m a third year Neuroscience major here at UCR. I joined AD Lab Winter 2016 with the hopes of learning the development of children and how the environment can affect their mental growth. In the future I would like to work with children that have terminal illnesses.

Hi! My name is Jaimme Rodriguez, I’m a third year double majoring in Education and Psychology. I joined the lab because I am interested in child development, particularly how early life events influence behavior in adolescents. After I graduate, I plan to get a masters in school counseling to accomplish my goal of being a high school counselor.

Hello, my name is Karishma Patel. I am a fourth-year UCR student majoring in Psychology. I am interested in how negative experiences lead to psychosocial outcomes in children. I am particularly interested in depression, anxiety, and autism. Further, I am interested in how these disorders develop and what neural mechanisms are associated with them. I hope to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Previet (hello in Russian)! My name is Karlygush Smith but also go by Karly. I am a third year transfer student majoring in Psychology. i joined the lab Spring 2018 and am interested in research regarding childhood adversity such as trauma and abandonment with its implications on development.  My own personal experience as an adopted child from Kazakhstan, drives me to further research on childhood trauma and attachment relationships.  The picture above is actually my adoption photo take within the orphanage. I plan on completing my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I hope to contribute to the research on adopted and foster youth with an emphasis on childhood trauma and resiliency.

Hi! My name is Kassandra Salinas and i am a third year Psychology major. I am extremely grateful to have been accepted into this longitudinal lab/study. After undergrad I plan to earn a masters degree in Social Work and my LCSW. I know this lab will help me further my range of knowledge, not only with future clients and research experience, but also with understanding how hardship in children’s lives can affect their brain development and life into adulthood.

Hi! My name is Kimberly Contreras and I am a Anthropology major expecting to graduate Fall 2016.  After graduating, I plan to continue being involved in the AD Lab and get more research experience. My future goals are to attend Medical school, and possibly obtain a dual degree that takes a humanistic approach to medicine.

Hi! My name is Mariana Romo. I am a fourth year psychology major at UC Riverside. I joined the lab because I have a great interest in child development, especially in children who have been through a variety of life adversities. I hope to learn different types of coping mechanisms that will help the children cope and succeed. After graduating with a BA, I plan to attend graduate school and obtain a MA in Social Work. I see myself as a Child Therapist for children in the Foster System.

Hello! My name is Melina Romo Loera and I recently graduated from the University of California Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology. I joined the AD lab in the summer of 2018 in order to expand my knowledge on child development research. I am interested in learning the effects of social and cultural factors on the development of psychopathology in children. Ultimately I would like to obtain a PhD in Developmental Psychology in order to help children and adolescents.

Hi, I’m Michelle Tu. I am a third-year psychology major student. I joined the Ad Lab in the winter of 2017 because I am especially interested in family relations such as child-parent relationship and that of between the partners. In order to practice psychology as a marriage and family therapist, I’d like to know what it’s like to work with parents and children. As an Asian immigrant, I hope to provide professional help for Asian minority in the future.

Hello all! My name is Niva. I am a first year Psychology major and have finally become a member of the AD Lab. I plan to go to Graduate School to pursue PhD in Psychology (the specific field is yet to be determined). I wanted to join in the AD Lab because Child Psychology is a very fascinating field for me and my previous encounters with children make me want to work more with them. Moreover, I would get the much needed research experience. Therefore, i look forward to enhance my  knowledge by working with my peers and mentors.

Hi, my name is Monica De Dios and I am a fourth year psychology major here at UC Riverside. I joined the adaptation lab in the winter of 2017 in pursuit of how children develop through the life span. I plan on receiving my Master degree in Clinical Psychology and work with patients in a Psychiatric Hospital.

Hi all! My name is Ryan Pham and I am a second year majoring in Public Policy! I aspire to practice medicine as a family physician and sincerely hope that my experience in the AD Lab will give me a new insight into the at-risk population.

Hi! My name is Sandra Rosales, but I normally go by Sandi!I’m a third-year psychology student, and I joined the lab in the winter of 2018. I’m working towards my bachelor’s degree, and I hope to eventually earn my PhD. My goal in life is to work at a research university, although I’m not entirely sure what field of psychology I’d like to go into yet. But through this lab, I hope to get  closer to knowing what I want to research!

Hello! My name is Sarina Alvi, and I am a second year Psychology major. I am interested in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology, and i love working with children. I joined the adaptation and Adversity lab because in the future I want to work with children who have faced adversity, and i wanted to surround myself with and learn from people who have similar interests as my own. After my undergraduate studies, i would like to pursue a PhD in clinical Psychology, a teaching license, and I would love to work for organizations such as UNICEF and Save the Children.

Hello, my name is Stephanie Mateo, I am a third year psychology major with a minor in education. I joined the lab to get a deeper understanding of children facing adverse situations and how they are affected. After my undergrad career, I want to attend graduate school to get my master’s in occupational therapy. My goal is to ultimately work with disabled children to help them cope with their mental and physical troubles.

Hello! My name is Thomas Leong and I am a Third year Psychology major. i joined the AD lab in the Winter 2019 in order to obtain research experience and learn about the social aspects of working with children facing adversity. After graduating from UCR, I intend to apply for a master degree in social work in order to pursue a career in the field.

Hi, my name is Yujing Du and I’m a first year psychology major considering a double major in statistics. I joined Ad Lab in Winter 2018 to gain research experience. I believe Ad Lab’s a good fit for me because I’m interested in child development, especially how parenting affects children. I prefer to pursue a PhD degree after graduating although I’m currently not sure which field I will choose.