The MM Lab currently has 15 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.


Roberta Blazzio is a senior at UCF majoring in Psychology. Roberta is originally from Brazil and has been living in Orlando for four years. Roberta’s goal after graduation is to attend dental school. She is very interested in dental anxiety and fear and believes that having a background in psychology will help her when taking care of patients. Roberta holds an officer position as the treasurer of the Pre Dental Student Association at UCF. She has been working with Apple for 3 years and her job sparked an interest in how smartphones and the internet impact our lives.

Dauk2Jacquelynne 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.

joshuaJoshua Duarte is a Psychology major at UCF with a minor in Anthropology. Originally a Cheerleader from the state of Delaware, Joshua has been permanently living in Orlando for a little over a year. He has been simultaneously taking classes at Main Campus and South Lake Campus with a plan to graduate by 2017. Joshua is currently a member of Active Minds and the Western Region Psychology Club with hopes of becoming even more involved at UCF in the near future. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree, Joshua plans on working towards his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Thus far, Joshua’s research has been published in UCF’s Undergraduate Research Journal.

carissaCarissa 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.

kaleighKaleigh 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.

lygiaLygia 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.

IMG_7307-1Priscilla 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.


Kathryn McMullen is a junior at the University of Central Florida. She is currently majoring in Psychology. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She plans on going to graduate school to be a Physician’s Assistant. Aside from her studies, she is currently employed at Einstein’s Bros Bagels on campus where she is training to be a Student Lead.

RheaRhea Philip is a Post-Bach research assistant. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Education. She hopes of continue on to graduate school and get her masters in counseling education. Rhea is highly interested in how the media influences our generation’s behavior especially because she plans to pursue a career working with young minds. Aside from being an RA, she is the president of Knights Kangna, the Event Development Director for Relay for Life and a Lead Scholars Academy graduate.


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.

OmariOmari Stringer is entering his senior year at UCF, majoring in Psychology. He is also enrolled in the Burnett Honors College where he is in the Honors in The Major program. His current research involves studying the relationship between musical preferences and political orientations. He has also previously worked as an RA in the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF. Omari plans on attending graduate school, pursuing a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology. Outside of school, he also works as a Lead Office Assistant for the UCF Housing Department. In addition, Omari enjoys playing the steel pan in his free time.


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.

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