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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. 


Miriam Martinez

Miriam Martinez is a fourth-year psychology major coming from San Diego, California. Miriam is interested in how children’s emotions and their processing changes as they develop. After college, she plans on attending graduate school and obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology. In her free time, Miriam likes to create digital illustrations, read, and play video games with her friends.


Michelle Nezami

Michelle Nezami is a senior 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.


Maria Perez

Maria Perez is a 4th-year undergraduate student from the San Fernando Valley. Majoring in Biology, Maria plans to attend medical school after graduating from UC Merced. She is also involved in the Catholic Newman Club and the Fiat Lux Scholars Program. In her free time, she likes to paint, bake and watch movies with her friends.


Devin Verma

Devin Verma is a 4th-year undergraduate student from Simi Valley, CA. Majoring in Psychology, Devin plans to obtain his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after graduating from UC Merced. He is also involved in NCPC, the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center, creating an escape room for a research lab. In his free time, he is the vice president of the water polo club, plays the ukulele, and is a lifeguard.