I am an ambitious undergraduate student who is currently completing coursework in psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. After I graduate from UCI with a Bachelor of Arts degree, I plan to further my education and continue to graduate school where I will follow my passion and pursue a career in clinical psychology. I am currently looking for field study internships involving clinical psychology that provide an opportunity for me to grow, work hard, and expand my knowledge in the field.
Currently in progress of completion
Associate of Arts: Psychology
Member of Honors Program
3.92 GPA, Magna Cum Laude
Clinical Assistant | May 2018 - Present
emPath Clinical, California Psychology Clinic | Dr. David Kyle Bond | Newport, CA
At emPath Clinical, I have been assisting Dr. Bond on a project that involves the designing a series of brief assessments (wellness checks) for mental health at different developmental stages in hopes of creating an effective way to catch mental health issues before they come overwhelming . I devote many hours a week at emPath Clinical conducting research to further our project, doing therapy write-ups, attending meetings at emPath, and participating in video and conference calls.
Behavioral Therapist | January 2018 - July 2018 | Paid
California PsychCare | Mission Viejo, CA
At California PsychCare, I provided one on one Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to children/adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities either in a clinical setting or at a patient's home. During sessions, I utilized various strategies to encourage/teach speech and language as well as techniques to promote proper behavioral management which ultimately aided my patients to develop proper social and life skills. At CPC, I received in-depth ABA training and was given the opportunity to take a rigorous autism-specific exam that allowed me to become a Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT).
Volunteer Exposure Therapist | Fall 2017 - Present
emPath Clinical, California Psychology Clinic | Dr. Jessica Borelli | Newport, CA
At emPath Clinical, I assist in conducting in vivo behavioral exposure therapy sessions for child and adolescent patients with anxiety disorders and/or obsessive compulsive disorder. During sessions we use a cognitive behavioral based approach where we simulate certain settings and/or situations that provoke feelings of anxiety, each specific to certain patients, and in turn work to challenge, normalize, and overcome those fears.
Research Assistant | Spring 2017 - Present
Stress, Emotion & Psychophysiology Laboratory | Dr. Sarah Pressman, UCI | Irvine, CA
I am currently involved in a study at STEP Lab that analyzes the relationship of technology and social well-being. Utilizing psychophysiology equipment, salivary science, and the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), we conduct experiments that test how interacting with technological communication devices influences our stress levels, social relationships, and overall quality of life. At STEP Lab, I devote 10 hours or more a week running research subjects and engaging in other necessary tasks related to our current study. In addition, I prepare and deliver research presentations and attend weekly lab meetings to review the progress of our study and discuss relevant research issues and topics.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) | UCI | Spring 2018 - Present
My project partner and I have collaborated on a UROP project where we are analyzing the efficacy of a smartphone application, Happify, and how it aids in stress recovery. Additionally, our project is specifically looking at culture and how that will influence a participant's recovery from a stressor. For our study, we drafted a research proposal and submitted it to the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and received a grant of $850 in support of our project. In Spring 2019, we will be presenting the results of our study at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium.
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