The MM Lab currently has 10 Undergraduate Research Assistants:
Tia Bell is currently a junior at UCF, and has been residing in Orlando for nearly two years. She is pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Film Studies. She plans to get more involved on campus as many endeavors currently take place off campus. Tia plans to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree by the end of 2018. Her goals include continuing her education in the fields of Cognitive Psychology and Counseling, with hopes of earning a masters degree in both. Beyond UCF, she currently works as a Sushi Chef at a local restaurant.
Jacquelynne Dauk is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science. She is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society and a participant of the Honors in the Major program. Her main area of interest would be in the study of abnormal psychology. Cross-cultural as well as forensic psychology are also among her research interests. She intends on earning her bachelors degree in the summer of 2016 and then plans on pursing graduate school. Jacquelynne hopes to obtain a Ph.D in the area of Clinical Psychology.
Taylor DeFrancesco is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida pursuing a degree in psychology. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came to Florida to experience some nice weather. She is a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society, Psychological Society, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, and Chabad at UCF, where she holds a leadership position. Taylor plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018 and obtain a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
Carissa Hamilton is an Orlando native as well as a junior in the Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida. Majoring in psychology, she plans on earning her bachelor’s degree in 2018. Afterward, she plans on pursuing Clinical Psychology in graduate school. Her experience in mentoring teenage girls has sparked an interest in working with young people. Understanding the implications of an unprecedented media influence on young people is of particular interest to her. Aside from school, she serves as a Print Services Consultant at Office Depot. She is also director of her church’s youth choir.
Jeanette Hyatt is originally from Miami, FL. She is a transfer student from Seminole State College of Florida. She is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Psychology. She is involved with a mentoring organization known as Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) where she mentors young ladies in the seventh grade, and an organization for women known as SISTUHS Inc. After UCF, she plans to purse a medical doctorate degree and later on specialize as an adolescent gynecologist.
Kaleigh Kambour is a Psychology major at UCF with a minor in Crime, Law, and Deviance, and pursuing a Behavioral Forensics certificate. She plans on graduating in the Spring of 2018 and hopes to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology in her home state of Florida. Career wise, she wants to become a forensic psychologist.
Lygia Machado is currently a senior double majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. She will graduate in the Spring of 2018 and plans on attending medical school afterwards in order to become a future pediatrician. She is the academic director for MedLife UCF and has been interning at a psychiatrist’s office for 5 months. She is a Child Life volunteer at the Nemour’s Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona and helps out every Saturday. She has worked at the new Global UCF facility for a year now and gets to experience first-hand how international students acclimate to a new school and culture, while also providing aid as a front desk specialist for all their immigration questions and needs.
Priscilla Martinez is a Psychology major at UCF with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. She is an active member for the Multicultural Psychological Student Association and Habitat for Humanity, with leadership positions in both organizations. She plans on graduating from UCF Spring of 2017. She plans on obtaining her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. Aside from her studies, she works as a medical scribe for a pediatric neurologist.
Brittany Scholl is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Psychology and set to graduate in Fall 2018. She is on the treasurer committee of Active Minds and is currently completing Honors in the Major. She has also recently accepted a nomination for the Society of Leadership and Success. Passionate about families and the dynamics required to maintain happiness within them, she aspires to go on and receive her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Maria Toro is a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Psychology and pursuing a Behavioral Forensics certificate. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018 with hopes of continuing on to graduate school with a focus in Clinical Psychology. She is especially interested in child psychopathology and abnormal behaviors. Maria plans on working with children and young adults after graduate school. Her research interest is in the influence media has on individuals from different cultures. Aside from her studies, she works at the UCF student union and loves going to Disney on her free time.