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Research Assistants

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Undergraduate students play a vital role in our lab as research assistants (RAs). Primary lab responsibilities for undergraduate RAs include interacting with parents and children, and administering experimental stimuli and procedures. RAs also assist in coding experimental and observational data, as well as recruiting families to participate in our research studies. 

Melissa Macias-Flores

Melissa is a fourth-year Psychology and Sociology double major from Riverdale, CA. Outside of the lab, Melissa is the Lead Student Coordinator for the STEP Scholars Program and the President of the new social work club on campus. After graduation, Melissa hopes to obtain her MSW and become a social worker working with fostered youth in the Central Valley.


Michelle Nezami

Michelle Nezami, a freshman from Sacramento, CA. Majoring in human biology, interested in child development, and has dreams of becoming a pediatrician. In her free time, she loves swimming, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Jazmin Sandoval

Jazmin is a third-year undergraduate from Los Angeles, CA. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Natural Science of Education. After obtaining her bachelor's degree from UC Merced, she plans to attend graduate school for her masters in School Psychology. During her spare time, Jazmin loves to explore new places and try new foods. 


Bailey Weikel-Feekes

Bailey is a fouth year Psychology and Cognitive double major from Glendale, CA. In school, she is interested in emotion regulation research and leading Psychology club as Vice President. Outside of school, she enjoys musical theater and fostering kittens. After she graduates she plans to pursue either a Ph.D in Psychology or a masters in School Counseling.