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Graduate Students

Guadalupe A. Bacio, PhD; '14

Lupe completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in June 2014. Her dissertation project, titled "Determinants of alcohol and drug use among Latino adolescents," examined neurocognitive and contextual risk factors for alcohol and drug use among Latino adolescents in collaboration with a local high school. Lupe has since transitioned to a postdoctorate fellowship funded by the NIAAA Institutional Research Training Program 5 T32 AA 13525-13 at the University of California, San Diego where she is working with Dr. Sandra A. Brown and Dr. Mark G. Myers.  The overarching goal of her program of research is to help eliminate disparities in patterns and consequences of alcohol and drug use encountered by ethnic minority adolescents of different immigrant generations. To this end, her research focuses on (1) understanding factors in the etiology and development of alcohol and drug use among these groups, (2) identifying mechanisms that generate and maintain these disparities that can be targeted through prevention/intervention efforts, and (3) examining the effectiveness of adolescent alcohol intervention programs in addressing these groups' needs

View Lupe's CV here.
Contact Lupe: gbacio@ucsd.edu


James Ashenhurst, PhD; '14

James received his PhD in Neuroscience in Spring 2014. His dissertation focused on a translational examination of risk-taking behavior and its relationship to alcohol dependence, involving the use of the same behavioral task in both rodents and human participants. James joined the SAHARA lab as a postdoctoral fellow in summer 2014 at UT Austin, where he is working with Dr. Kim Fromme to gain experience in human alcohol administration in a bar-lab setting. His current major interests include examining the impact of alcohol on decision-making and impulsivity, as well as the genomic architecture of risk-taking propensity & sensation-seeking and its relationship to alcohol use disorder etiology.


View James' CV here.


Kelly Courtney, PhD; '16.


Kelly received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Spring 2016. Her dissertation examined the neural markers of cue-induced methamphetamine craving in individuals with methamphetamine dependence. Her research goals are to elucidate the neurological pathways of craving and subjective responses to drugs of abuse using fMRI techniques. She received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) in 2013 to support her dissertation work. In addition, Kelly is interested in investigating the effects of various pharmacological compounds on neural markers of drug craving.

View Kelly's CV here.
Contact Kelly: kellycourtney@ucla.edu



Nathasha Moellem, PhD; '16


Vincent Allen, Jr., PhD; '16.



Nathasha received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Spring 2016. Her dissertation work focused on the effects of methamphetamine on cognitive functioning. Nathasha is interested in examining the relationship between methamphetamine use parameters (age of first use, average amount used, years used, route of administrations, etc.) on neurocognition. She is also interested in elucidating the relationship between neurocognition and impulsivity in the context of substance abuse.

View Nathasha's CV here.
Contact Nathasha: NMoallem@ucla.edu





Vince received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in Spring 2016. His dissertation work focused on understanding risk factors for HIV/AIDS among racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities. Specifically, Vincent's dissertation is examining the relationship between alcohol consumption and condom use among Black gay and bisexual men; understanding the ways in which substance use effect decision making around protected sexual behaviors.

View Vince's CV here.
Contact Vince: vallen@psych.ucla.edu



Staff

Andia Heydari
Eliza Hart
Jessica Webb
Pauline Chin-Chung
Peter McPartlan
Rui Morimoto
Katy Lunny
Iris Guzman

Postdocs
Anita Cservenka, Ph.D.
Stephan Stephens Ph.D.
Megan Yardley, Ph.D.

Research Assistants
Alejandra Guzman
Alyssa Tolliver
Ana Heydari
Andreina Gomez
Anna Sheng
Bryan Davis
Brooke Rowland
Brooke Skagen
Chelsea Cox
Chris Gabriel
Christina Pedley
Ellen Chang
Garret Forsyth
James Nguyen
Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Ngoon
Jieun Jun
Jordan Martucci
Karina Barajas
Kira Radstrom
Lauren Greenberg
Leah Feulner
Marlina Mansour
Melissa Avila
Rachel Barnes
Ryan Arellano
Ryan Tsuchida
Sarah Henderson
Sevana Manukian
Stephanie Romero
Sydell Brooks
Taylor Dupuy
Tsu Shuan (Brie) Wu
Vanesa Sanchez
Yvette Quezada

Summer Interns
Nicole Feeling (SPUR student 2009)
Justin Karr (SPUR student 2010)
Quan Holliman (NIDA student 2011)
Zenith Seixas (NIDA student 2011)
Nadine Jacquez (NIDA student 2012)
Noelle Cunningham (NIDA student 2012)
Suzanna Osuna (NIDA student 2012)
Alexander Armendariz (NIDA student 2013)
Heather Klein (NIDA student 2013)
Lisa Carlos (SPUR student 2013)
Sovandany Wang (NIDA student 2013)