Past Research Assistants


Thao T. Phan is a sophomore (’21) from San Diego, CA. She is pursuing a major in Psychology with a Civic Engagement certificate. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural research. In her free time, Thao enjoys photography as well as watching movies and sunsets.


Charlotte Curnin (Spring 2019)

Charlotte is a sophomore (’21) from Far Hills, NJ. She is majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Civic Engagement. Charlotte is passionate about healthcare with specific interests in social and clinical psychology. At Wesleyan, Charlotte is a member of Food Rescue, Clinic Escorts, Wesleyan Refugee Project and also works as a Teaching Assistant for Research Methods in Psychopathology.






Denny Yu (Spring 2019)

Denny is a sophomore (’21) Psychology and Economics double major and Education Studies from Boston, Massachusetts. Denny is interested in the underlying neurological effects of sleep and its links to positive psychology. He is a member of Wesleyan’s Christian Fellowship, Club Soccer, Investment Group, and is a tutor on campus.





Lauren Conte (B.A. Fall 2016 – Spring 2018; M.A., 2019)

Lauren obtained her BA in Psychology (with a minor in Data Analysis and Education Studies). She is particularly interested in social psychology, educational psychology and the study of sleep. Lauren was a member of the Varsity Swim and Club Water Polo teams at Wes. She is currently pursuing her MA in Psychology.





Tamare V. Adrien (Summer 2017 – Spring 2019)

Tamare V. Adrien  is a senior (‘19) from Boston, MA. She is a McNair Fellow and Questbridge Scholar double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior. Her interests include music, playing volleyball, and participating in various identity groups on campus. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology after Wesleyan.





Jhanelle Thomas (M.A., 2019)

Jhanelle obtained her BA in Psychology and History (double-major). She is currently pursuing her MA in Psychology. Her thesis project examines the psychosocial correlates of social media ghosting. In her free time, Jhanelle enjoys binge-watching shows with friends, ‘brunching’ as a concept, and listening to the same 4 songs on repeat.





Lorena Fernandez (Summer, 2017 – Spring 2018)
Lorena is a senior Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology double major. She is interested in exploring how meaning-making in response to traumatic life events is associated with psychological and physical well being, as well as how spirituality may serve as a coping mechanism. She is a member of Ajua Campos and WesInterpreters. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys photography, running, and trying new foods. She intends to pursue a career in psychology to help people help themselves.




Jamie Hom, MA
(Spring, 2017- Spring 2018)
Jamie is from Santa Monica, CA and earned her MA in Psychology.  Jamie’s master’s thesis examined associations among chronotype, social jetlag, athlete status, and psychosocial functioning among emerging adults at university. Jamie has a strong passion for music and plans to audition for The Voice next year!



DSC_0337Ray Peters (Spring, 2017 – Spring, 2018)
Ray is a senior Neuroscience and Behavior major from Brooklyn, NY. Ray is a McNair Fellow interested in studying neuropharmacology and the role of sleep in cognitive neuroscience. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. after Wesleyan. Ray enjoys filmmaking, creative writing, and cooking.






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Ella Sinfield (Spring semester, 2017)
Ella is a junior Psychology and Economics double major from Los Angeles, California. Ella is interested in cognitive psychology, personality, and sleep-related disorders. She is also a member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team and volunteers at Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm.







Breanna Cavanaugh (Fall, 2017 )
Breanna is a junior Neuroscience & Behavior and Biology double major from New Jersey. She is interested in exploring the importance of sleep, stress, and overall well being specifically in regards to athletes. Outside of the classroom, Breanna is a Peer Health Coach, a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee, and a varsity lacrosse player.






Marty Rubin (Fall,2016 – Spring 2017)
Marty is from St. Louis, MO and a senior Psychology and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures double major. Marty is interested in positive psychology and clinical psychology, particularly within the realm of athletics. He is a musician and also plays ice hockey at Wesleyan.






IMG_1729Toys Koomplee (Fall, 2016 – Spring,2017)
Toys (“like the things you play with”), graduated in the Spring of 2017 as a Psychology and German Studies double major and certificate in the Study of Education. Toys is interested in self-regulation, stress management and well-being within the context of adolescent development. Toys is from Thailand and enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking Thai food and baking various sweets.







Nicole Brenner (Fall, 2016)
Nicole is a junior Neuroscience and Behavior and Psychology double major. She has a background in synchronized ice skating and is eager to study how sleep affects the stress levels of college athletes and athletic performance. She is also interested in studying the relationships among nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Nicole is involved in the dance community at Wesleyan in Winter Dance and Terp Dance Showcases and is involved in student run theater.







Olivia Footer (Fall, 2016)
Olivia is a senior Psychology major and Creative Writing certificate candidate. Olivia is from Wellesley, Massachusettes and is a big New England sports fan. Within the field of Psychology, Olivia is interested in integrating psychoanalytic approaches into the treatment of mood disorders. Outside of the lab, Olivia enjoys ping pong, cooking, and cuddling with her Irish Terrier, Ziggy.







Laila Samy (Fall, 2016)
Laila is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Data Analysis. She is interested in applying her data analysis skills to the study of sleep and psychosocial functioning. She is a member of the Varsity Women’s Squash team and enjoys cooking and baking during her free time.








Leyla Wade (Fall, 2016 – Spring, 2017)
Leyla graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a Psychology major and Writing certificate. She is particularly interested in abnormal psychology and holistic intervention methods. Aside from psychology, she enjoys singing jazz, watching documentaries, and hanging out with her Maltese, Gracie.