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Alyssa Deitchman is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. Her main research interests include factors influencing academic achievement and predictors of autism. After graduating she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical or counseling psychology and start a not-for-profit organization for low-income, autistic youth.

Jacob Graham-Felsen is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. He looks forward to traveling and continuing his pursuit of knowledge outside of the classroom.

Sibyl Hayley Holland is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. Her research interests include the academic resiliency of low-income children and the parental involvement in low-income communities. In addition to working as a research assistant for Dr. Elise Cappella and Dr. Diane Hughes, she works as an America Reads tutor, and considers herself truly grateful for these opportunities. After graduation, she will return to NYU to pursue a Masters in School Counseling. She hopes to one day work in the NYC public school system as an elementary school counselor.       

Brandon Lam is a freshman in the Applied Psychology program. His research interests include decision-making processes and the study of perception. He ultimately plans to apply to graduate school and travel the world.

Brit Lizabeth Lippman is a junior in the Applied Psychology program.  Her main research interests include mental illness, trauma, and the deaf population.   After graduating, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and to become fluent in American Sign Language.

Bofan Luo is a sophomore in the Applied Psychology program. He will transfer to Tisch School of Art to study film and television next fall and hopes to double major.

Coralie C. Nehme is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. She is interested in the study of adult immigrant populations and trauma survivors. She ultimately hopes to become a clinical or counseling psychologist.               

Javanna Obregon is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. Her main research interests include eating disorder interventions and women's mental health. After graduating, she plans to apply to graduate school.

Josephine M. Palmeri is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. She is a member of Dr. Selcuk Sirin's research team and her main research interest lies in child and adolescent mental health. After graduating, she plans to study clinical or counseling psychology.

Jackson J. Taylor is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. He serves as a research assistant for the Latino Family Involvement Project and INSIGHTS child temperament research teams, and vice president of Psi Chi at NYU. Outside of NYU, Jackson serves as an intern of United States Association of Body Psychotherapy Journal exploring his interests in attachment and the process of psychotherapy. After graduating he will begin doctoral training in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. He dreams of postdoctoral psychoanalytic training, private practice, and one day editing a professional journal of psychotherapy research.

Vanessa Victoria Volpe is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. She currently works with Dr. Selcuk R. Sirin and Dr. Niobe Way in their examination of adolescent and emerging adult identity negotiation processes. Her research interests include the social construction and negotiation of collective identities, as well as the impact of macro-contextual influences on the identity development and identity expressions of marginalized adolescents. She has been honored as one of NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students and as a recipient of a Steinhardt Undergraduate Service Award and the John W. Withers Memorial Award. You can also see her poetry in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 issues of West 10th. She will be attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill this coming fall to begin her doctoral study in developmental psychology.

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Don Asher Cohen is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. His main research interests include emotion, non-conscious processes in phobias, trauma, and morality. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in social justice and eventually apply for a doctorate in psychology to practice as a psychotherapist.

Danny El Hassan is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. His main research interest as an undergraduate has been in advocacy for LGBT populations, though he has diverse research interests that he is still exploring. After graduation, he will attend Teachers College, Columbia University to pursue a Masters in Education with a Mental Health Counseling specialty.            

Melissa Fulgieri is a senior in the Applied Psychology undergraduate program. Her main research interests include HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, feminist theory, and gender/sexuality issues. In the fall, she will begin the Masters in Social Work program at Hunter College.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Glaeser is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. Her main research interests include gender identity, minority sexual identity development, and transgender issues. After graduating, she plans to continue her studies at the intersection of medicine and academia.                 

Priya Gopalan is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. Her academic interests include immigrant families and children in urban contexts. After graduating, she will pursue graduate study at NYU's Silver School of Social Work.           

Maria Petrolekas is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. Her main research interests include Hellenic studies and the development of school readiness skills in preschoolers. After graduation, she plans to work at a Head Start and apply to graduate school.

Steven O. Roberts is a junior in the Applied Psychology program. His main research interests include the factors that promote children’s academic achievement, with a particular interest in children living in urban contexts. After graduating, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in school or educational psychology.

Katie Sylvester is a senior in the Applied Psychology Honors program. Her main research interest lies in interventions which use the risk and resilience framework. After graduating, Katie will join the Teach for America corps in San Francisco, CA teaching Early Childhood Education. Following her two-year commitment with TFA, Katie plans on applying to graduate programs in psychology and social interventions. She hopes to work towards bridging the gap between research and policy.