SURP Interns 2019



Meet our 2019 interns:

Elizabeth Carrillo

Elizabeth Carrillo is an undergraduate student at DePaul University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology. She has participated in research focusing on school interventions, youth at risk for Depression, and youth stress and coping. Her research interests include examining current therapy approaches, the levels of culture sensitivity that are in place, and factors associated with treatment resistance within the school environment.


Karli K. Cheng

Karli K. Cheng is a third year Psychology Major and McNair Scholar at Cal Poly Pomona. She is a research assistant in Dr. Alejandro Morales' Psychology of Immigration Lab, which entails understanding language brokers' experience when translating for parents and family and how that affects their psychological well-being. Karli is also currently working on her McNair project on understanding relationships of the role of family and how parental involvement affect the mental health and academic performance of children of immigrants. She is also a teaching assistant for the Department of Psychology. Karli plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and her research interests include parenting, family dynamics, and positive psychology.


Carly Coleman

Carly Coleman is a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio. Majoring in Psychology and Business Management with a minor in Spanish at the University of Kentucky. Her special interest in undergraduate research include children and ethnic, gender, and race inequality and perception of identity. She has also had the opportunity to work in educational psychology with a Motivation and Learning lab. Her plans after graduation are to attend graduate school in a clinical psychology program with a specialization in trauma of adolescents and decision making in at risk youth.


Savannah Elahian

Savannah Elahian is approaching her final year at California State University- Northridge (CSUN) in Southern California. She is a double major in psychology and Africana studies interested in educational and community psychology. She currently works as a student instructor at CSUN and in a research lab. Her research focuses include: holistic approaches of academic success for Black youth, incorporating indigenous healing methods within mental health, and ethnic/racial socialization.


Marissa Elizardo

Marissa Elizardo is from North Wales, Pennsylvania and attends West Chester University. She is a Middle Grades Education Major (dual concentration in English/Langauge Arts & Mathematics) with minors in Psychology, Family & Community Literacy, and Mathematics (K-8). This past summer she conducted research on Teachers' Perceptions of Technology's Impact on the K-12 Classroom as a part of West Chester University's Summer Undergraduate Research Institute. Her current research interests include educational psychology and critical literacy. Following graduation, Marissa hopes to teach middle school for a few years before returning to graduate school to pursue her Ph.D. Ultimately, Marissa hopes to pursue a career in academia, conducting research and teaching pre-service teachers.


Gabrielle Kubi

Gaby is from Herndon, Virginia and is a student at Cornell University, where she majors in Human Development and minors in Inequality Studies as well as Education. She is a Resident Advisor for first-year students, the incoming Campus Advocacy Chair for the Cornell University Chorus, and the Vice President of Communications of Cornell's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, the national honor society for the human sciences; Gaby is a PRYDE (Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement) Scholar in the Adolescent Transitions Lab, studying the social, biological, and psychological factors that impact successful transitions from childhood to adolescence and adolescence to adulthood. She hopes to earn a PhD in counseling psychology and to use her research to investigate and advocate on perfectionism, destigmatizing mental health among Black/other minority families, closing the opportunity gap in education, reducing bias in standardized testing (via alternative, more valid measures of achievement), and exploring cross-disciplinary interventions.


Cedrina Lisenby

Cedrina Lisenby is a native of Wadesboro, North Carolina. She is a student at Winston-Salem State University with a major in psychology. She is currently a research assistant for Dr. Griffin's Minority, Academic, Achievement and Development (M.A.A.D.) Research Lab exploring African Americans youths’ experiences with race-related processes and the consequences of these experiences for developmental outcomes (educational-related outcomes; psychological adjustment; health behaviors). Cedrina is currently working on an undergraduate thesis titled: Black Students' Use of Professional Counseling on an HBCU Campus: Social Identity and Perception Variables as Predictors.


Juhi Nath

My name is Juhi Nath and I am a student at Clark University in Massachusetts double majoring in Psychology and Community, Youth, and Education Studies. Currently, I am enrolled in Dr. Ana Marcelo's lab which focuses on child development through play across contexts such as diversity and adversity. Additionally, as part of the Community, Youth, and Education Studies program, I am continuing to work towards creating a portfolio to establish an early childhood center on campus for faculty and students. In the future, I hope to continue research in educational psychology and actively participate in reforming school curricula.


Iris Sanchez

Iris Sanchez is a Nicaraguan-American, raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at DePaul University (Chicago). She is a current McNair Scholar and was previously part of the Arnold Mitchem Fellowship program. Her research interest involves exploring the impacts of violence on Latinx families, particularly focusing on women and children exposed to domestic violence. Iris hopes to continue her education and one day obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology.


Yuna Seong

Yuna Seong is a 3rd year Sociology major, Applied Psychology and Professional Writing minor at the Honors College of Letters and Sciences of the University of California, Santa Barbara. At her home institution, she is involved in two research studies. In Dr. Jimerson’s Power of Play project, she works directly with children in building pro-social behaviors and problem solving skills. In a study on social emotional learning interventions in Santa Barbara elementary schools, she curates and teaches the curriculum for the interventions and analyzes the resulting data. Alongside her research assistantships, she works as a resident assistant and tour guide. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in school psychology and improve resiliency in students, especially with those who lack the resources to have it.