Lab Alumni

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 worked with Dr. Sandra A. Brown and Dr. Mark G. Myers. Currently, Lupe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina-o Studies at Pomona College. The overarching goal of her program of research is to understand and address disparities in patterns and consequences of alcohol and drug use encountered by Latinx adolescents of different immigrant generations. Dr. Bacio directs the Cultural contExts, adolesceNt healTh behavioRs, & develOpment (CENTRO) Research Lab. The CENTRO lab combines several research methods including community-participatory research, laboratory-based tasks, and large-scale surveys.

Contact Lupe: gbacio@pomona.edu

James Ashenhurst, Ph.D; ’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 worked 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. Currently, James is a Product Scientist at 23andMe.

Contact James: james.ashenhurst@gmail.com

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.

Contact Kelly: kellycourtney@ucla.edu

Nathasha Moellem-Correa, 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.

Contact Nathasha: NMoallem@ucla.edu

 

Vincent Allen, Jr., PhD; ’16
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.Contact Vince: vallen@psych.ucla.edu

 

Spencer Bujarski, PhD; ’17

Spencer received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in Spring 2018. Broadly speaking, Spencer is interested in understanding the etiology and treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders from a translational and clinical neuroscience perspective. Recently Spencer completed his clinical internship at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs, VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center where he delivered empirically supported, time-limited and long-term psychotherapy for a diverse patient population expressing a range of psychological concerns.

View Spencer’s CV here.
View Spencer’s Website here.

Emily Hartwell, PhD; ’18

Emily received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Spring 2018. Emily is interested in studying the etiological and genetic underpinnings of substance use disorders. Emily’s master’s thesis examined genetic predictors of medication response in heavy drinking smokers. Currently, Emily is interested in the role sleep disturbance plays in the etiology of alcohol use disorders and drinking behaviors both in the community and in the laboratory.

View Emily’s CV here.

 


Postdocs

Spencer Bujarski, Ph.D.
Anita Cservenka, Ph.D.
Daniel Roche, Ph.D.
Stephan Stephens Ph.D.
Megan Yardley, Ph.D.


Staff

Andia Heydari
Azi Hanukaai
Eliza Hart
Jessica Webb
Iris Guzman
Katy Lunny
Kyle Bullock
Nora Satybaldiyeva
Pauline Chin-Chung
Peter McPartlan
Rui Morimoto
Sydney Ghazarian
Taylor Rohrbaugh
Xuan Nguyen
Yaneli Arevalo


Research Assistants

Abigail Choi
Alan Garcia
Alejandra Guzman
Alexandra Razo
Alyssa Tolliver
Ana Heydari
Andreina Gomez
Ane Balkchyan
Anna Sheng
Bryan Davis
Brooke Rowland
Brooke Skagen
Caroline Tomasik
Catherine Trinh
Chelsea Cox
Chloe Cattle
Chris Gabriel
Chris Moore
Christina Pedley
Donia Hijaz
Ellen Chang
Emma Skeie
Garret Forsyth
Georgia Perris
James Nguyen
Jasmine Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Morales
Jessica Ngoon
Jieun Jun
Jordan Martucci
Karina Barajas
Katherine Delgadillo Soto
Kavya Mudiam
Kira Radstrom
Kurt Widmaier
Lauren Greenberg
Leah Feulner
Lyric Tully
Mariel Montes
Marla Dimetrios
Marlina Mansour
Melissa Avila
Melissa Garcia
Melody Hakimian
Naosuke Yamaguchi
Natalie Hunt
Nicole Nikolov
Orena Massachi
Rachel Barnes
Rohit (Sunny) Chimata
Ryan Arellano
Ryan Tsuchida
Sangita Subramanian
Sarah Henderson
Seble Adinew
Sevana Manukian
Stephanie Romero
Sydell Brooks
Taylor Dupuy
Tiffany Shieh
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)
Jalen Robinson (HBCU-UCLA Neuroscience Pathways student 2019)