ADRIANA GALVÁN, PH.D.
Dr. Adriana Galván is an Associate Professor of Psychology and faculty member of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She is also the Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory and an executive member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Boyd McCandless Young Scholar Award, the Jacobs Foundation Young Scholar Award, a Network Scholar Award of The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award.
TARA PERIS, PH.D.
Dr. Tara Peris is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Program Director of the UCLA ABC Partial Hospitalization Program. She is an internationally recognized expert in child and adolescent anxiety, and the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Award from the Society of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology.
MICHELLE ROZENMAN, PH.D.
Dr. Michelle Rozenman is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute, and Associate Director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program. Her clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of anxiety-related disorders in children and adolescents. Her research focuses on assessing processes that may underlie anxiety in youth, including cognitive bias and stress reactivity, and directly targeting these processes in experimental interventions.
Anna graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a minor in Public Health. Her research interests include the identification of the neural correlates of OCD and anxiety, as well as the effectiveness of emerging treatments for these disorders. Synthesizing these focus points, Anna is interested in how imaging studies can advance the development of new treatments for OCD and anxiety.
Katherine graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychobiology and minor in Chicana/o Studies. She worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the UCLA Addictions Lab for 2 years before taking on her role as a lab manager for DAYS. Katherine is interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology or social work, with a specific interest in mental health disparities in underserved communities.
NAMITA TANYA PADGAONKAR
Tanya is a neuroscience PhD student in the labs of Drs. Galván and Dapretto. She is interested in the functional and structural development of the brain, and how that relates to emotional functioning in children and adolescents. She believes that studying the developing brain is a fascinating way of linking biological processes to behavior, especially behaviors of concern such as anxiety. By learning more about these processes, she hopes to better understand neurotypical development and what factors might contribute to and protect from the development of mood disorders in subclinical populations.
Ethan is a senior at UCLA working towards his B.S in Psychobiology. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career as a surgical PA. He currently volunteers at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he assists with day to day patient care. Aside from this, he has a strong interest in clinical research and has a passion for working with kids.
Rohan is currently a junior working towards a degree in Neuroscience at UCLA. In the future he hopes to pursue a career as a primary care physician, with an emphasis on mental health. Aside from working with DAYS, Rohan works towards providing health care to underserved communities through his club, Bruin Vision Project.
Amanda graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Before coming to UCLA, Amanda worked in Sonia Bishop's Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Berkeley and Vinod Menon's Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Lab at Stanford. She is currently getting her PhD in Psychology at UCLA in Adriana Galván's Developmental Neuroscience Lab, where she studies the effects of life experiences and individual differences on adolescent brain development and mental health.
Angela is a senior at UCLA working towards her B.A. in Psychology. She is most interested in various types of behavioral therapy and hopes to work with foster children in the future. She believes that developmental psychology is an important aspect in treating psychological disorders and strives to do more research on this field in graduate school. Her goal is to eventually work in a clinical setting to provide cognitive behavioral treatment for patients.
Emma is studying Psychology and Biomedical Research at UCLA. In addition to working for DAYS project, she co-facilitates
thinkSMART meetings for teenagers with ADHD with Dr. Alissa Ellis. Prior to transferring to UCLA, Emma was honored as the Valedictorian of Los Angeles City College, where she earned her AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She plans to obtain her PhD in Clinical Psychology to study adolescent development and neural plasticity.
Erin is a third year Human Biology and Society major at UCLA. During her time in college, she developed a strong interest in mental health, and hopes to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the future. Outside of DAYS, Erin is involved with a local hospice organization, where she works with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Our Brilliant Team of Undergraduate Research Assistants!