Lab Graduates

Former Graduate Students

Peter Reschke, PhD

Peter completed his PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2018. Before arriving at UC Merced, Peter graduated in 2011 with a BS in psychology with a Spanish minor from Brigham Young University. Dr. Reschke is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.  You can visit Peter's lab website here

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Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

Arielle Canoza

Arielle Canoza calls the Central Valley home - she was born and raised in Lemoore and attended high school in Fresno. Arielle graduated from UC Merced in May 2013 with a dual degree in human biology and psychology. Arielle was recently accepted to the UCSF School of Dentistry and will begin in Fall 2015. Congratulations, Arielle!


Mayra Cazares

Mayra Cazares was raised in Avenal and graduated from UC Merced in the spring of 2014. Mayra plans to work as a behavioral therapist helping children with autism before attending graduate school.


Christopher Dahill

Chris  grew up in Fresno, CA. He graduated from UC Merced in 2016 majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. He plans to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology and wants to work with adolescent populations. In his spare time, Chris loves to read, play games, and go on backpack trips with his father. 


Josh Espano

Josh Espano grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. Josh graduated from Northview High School in Southern California and was accepted to UC Merced with the goal of becoming a history teacher. That changed after he heard a cognitive science lecture that prompted him to pursue a career in research. Josh graduated from UC Merced in the spring of 2014 and plans to apply his knowledge of psychology and passion for working with children by pursuing a masters degree in social work at California State University, Fresno. 

CONGRATULATIONS: Josh was named a 2014 Outstanding Graduating Student for SSHA. Way to go, Josh!


Megan Frank

Megan Frank graduated from UC Merced with a degree Psychological Sciences and a minor in Public Health. Since graduating she has worked as a research assistant at UCSF and was the Clinical Research Coordinator of Clinical Trials in the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF. In Fall 2018 Megan will begin a Neuropsycholoyg PhD program at Palo Alto University. Great job, Megan!  



Nancy Godoy

Nancy is from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated in 2017 with a major in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Nancy plans to obtain an MA in Social Psychology so that she can assist and council young parents. When she's not at school, Nancy enjoys spending time with her son. 




Willie Hardeman

Willie Hardeman is originally from Los Angeles, and moved to the high desert when he was 12 years old, later graduating from Apple Valley High School. Willie went on to Victor Valley College before transferring to UC Merced, where he graduated in 2014 as a psychology major. Willie is currently a Ph.D. student at Loma Linda University studying Clincial Psychology.  


 Cameron Howard

Cameron Howard was born in Apple Valley, in the high desert of Southern California. He attended Victor Valley Community College where he earned his associate's degree with an emphasis in behavioral sciences, after which he transferred to UC Merced to continue his college education. Cameron graduated from UC Merced in the winter of 2014, majoring in psychology. He hopes to move on to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in sports psychology. 

Joanna Jay

Joanna Jay hails from from San Francisco. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in psychology. Joanna would like to pursue a career involving working with children in a clinical setting. 





Jaspreet Johal

Jaspreet Johal is from Hilmar, CA. She graduated from UC Merced in 2017 as a Human Biology major with a minor in Psychology. She hopes to pursue medical school or graduate school to obtain a Ph.D.  In her spare time, Jaspreet enjoys playing volleyball with her friends and family and traveling to new places. 


Kiranjeet Kainth

Kiran is from Ceres, CA. She graduated from UC Merced in 2017 with a major in Human Biology and minor in Psychology. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuro-psychology or go to Medical School to further the study on the human brain. In her spare time, Kiran loves to play tennis, watch horror movies and Criminal Minds, and most importantly spend valuable time with her family and friends.  



Jaboa Lake

Jaboa Lake was born in Merced, but grew up in Maine, Oregon and the Central Valley of California. She graduated from UC Merced in the Fall of 2013 as a psychology major and sociology minor. As an undergraduate, Jaboa was involved in the Associated Students of UC Merced, Psi Chi and a number of volunteer projects. Jaboa is currently a graduate student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology Ph.D. Program at Portalnd State University. 

UPDATE: Jaboa was recently featured in the Rookie Spotlight by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Check it out here. 

Keep up the good work, Jaboa! 


Maley Llerenas

Maley Llerenas graduated from UC Merced in the Spring of 2014. She received her degree in Management with a minor in Psychology and plans to pursure a career in marketing. 





Jillian Mead

Jillian Mead graduated from UC Merced in the Spring of 2015 as a Psychology major and a minor in Cognitive Sciencen and Public Health. After graduating she worked as a Behavior Interventionist with ABRITE Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Jill is currently enrolled in the Master's Program in Psychology at Trent University. 



 Iman Mosleh

Iman graduated from UC Merced in the Winter of 2015 as a Psychology major and a Writing minor. She hopes to pursue graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or forensic psychology.




Yarelin Moya

Yarelin graduated from UC Merced in 2017 after majoring is Psychology. She plans to attend graduate school so that she may obtain a degree in either clinical or developmental psychology. When she is not working or at school, Yarelin enjoys spending time with her friends playing board games, planning fun outings, and writing poetry.



Katerina Rocker Heppe

Kat is from Humboldt County, CA and graduated from UC Merced as a Psychology major and Sociology minor. She plans to pursue an MA in Child Development and Therapy to provide counseling to mentally and physically disabled children.  Katerina also played soccer and served as captain of the UC Merced women’s team.  She enjoys traveling, hiking, and riding horses. 



Rocio Sepulveda

Rocio graduated from UC Merced in the Spring of 2015 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Natural Science Education. 





Denis Shakhnovich

Denis Shakhnovich is originally from Belarus and grew up in San Francisco. Denis graduated from UC Merced in May 2013 with a bachelor's of science in biology (developmental emphasis). Denis is currently a Master's student in the School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University. 



Camella Taylor

Camella Taylor is from Castro Valley, CA. She was a double major in Psychology and Human Biology, and plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Neuro-psychology or an area involving the brain. When she is not at school she enjoys drawing, taking road trips with friends, or volunteering with animals.


Andie Tran

Andie Tran was born and raised in Union City. She graduated from UC Merced in the winter of 2014, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Andie recently completed her Master's degree in Family Therapy at Drexel University, and is currently working toward her doctorate in marriage and family therapy at Loma Linda University. 




Tseng Vang

Tseng Vang graduated from UC Merced in Spring 2014 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology minor. Tseng hopes to pursue a graduate education in psychology with the goal of becoming a professor in social psychology at a research institution. 




Stefanie Wang 

Stefanie Wang graduated from UC Merced in Spring 2014 with a degree in Human Biology and a Psychology minor. Stefanie is now considering graduate schools to pursue her goal of becoming a dentist or an orthodontist.