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Sammy Ahmed is a senior in the Applied Psychology program and part of the newly developed Inside Scoop! peer mentorship program. He is currently conducting an independent study focusing on the “Immigrant Paradox” under Dr. Selcuk Sirin’s mentorship. Aside from his interests in acculturation and immigration, he is also interested in medicine. He volunteers at the emergency room at New York Presbyterian and upon graduation plans on pursuing a medical degree, with hopes of conducting research in public health and biomedicine.

Anthony Nicholas Cavaller is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. His main research interests include gender studies and clinical practice outcomes. After graduating, he plans to take time off before pursuing a graduate degree.

Justin Conway is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. He is currently assisting Dr. Elise Cappella on the BRIDGE research team studying the effects of social interactions and child behaviors within the classroom. While studying at NYU Justin has provided counseling services to inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility and mentoring services to high-school students at Upward Bound. He was previously published for his literary works, and is a recipient of the QSA Presidential Service Award. Justin’s focus is primarily based in organizational development and management consulting and his main research interests include the supervisor-employee relationship, motivation, and decision making. After graduating he plans to work within a consulting firm while pursuing his MA degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.     

Alyssa Deltchman is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. She is currently a member of Dr. Elise Cappella’s research team and has been an intake counselor at The Door. She is working on an independent research project examining household economic shock in the academic experiences of college students. She is also treasurer of APUG as well as a member of NYU’s 1831 fund leadership committee. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue research coordinator positions before applying to doctoral programs in clinical psychology as well as maintain her non-profit organization benefiting low-income children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Intervention Alliance.

Lana Denysyk is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. Her main professional and academic interests include public health, and creating programs and policies geared towards helping those with mental illnesses. After graduating from NYU, she plans to go to graduate school to receive a Master's in Public Health.

Kara Duca is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. Her research interests lie primarily within the areas of self-esteem and identity development and the ways in which the multifaceted aspects of human behavior can be attributed to and influenced by these two constructs. After graduating, she plans to continue on to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology.

Brit Lizabeth Lippman is a senior in the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Program. She is a research assistant for Dr. Niobe Way on the Indian Adolescent Study. She is also part of the PhotoCLUB project under the supervision of Drs. Alisha Ali and Randy Mowry. Her research interests include mental illness, bias in diagnoses, mental health of people with disabilities, and trauma. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue her interests in graduate study and attain a PhD in clinical psychology.             

Coralle Nehme is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. She is currently a member of Dr. Godfrey’s research team and is interested in doing research on immigrant populations and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is currently exploring those interests at her field site with NYU Langone/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture. After graduating she plans to go to graduate school to become a counseling psychologist.

Javanna Obregon is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. She is a member of Dr. Gigliana Melzi’s research team as well as a member of the Applied Psychology Honors program. Currently, she is working on an honors research project investigating the gender differences in children’s fictional narrative development during the middle childhood years. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her work with Dr. Melzi and obtain a position as a research coordinator. Furthermore, she will be applying for doctoral programs in clinical or social psychology.

Josephine M. Palmerl is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. She is currently a member of Dr. Selcuk Sirin's Meta-Analysis of the Paradox (MAP) research team. Her main research interest lies in mental health counseling. After graduating, she plans to continue her studies in a counseling psychology graduate program.

Steven O. Roberts is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. His main research interests include the contextual factors that hinder or promote the academic development of economically disadvantaged youth. After graduating, he intends to pursue a graduate degree in the field of psychology.