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Graduate Students

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Kenia Rivera

Kenia is a first-year graduate student in the developmental psychology PhD program at the University of Denver. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2015. Afterwards, she volunteered in the Marquette Autism Project lab at Marquette University for 3 years and worked as lab coordinator in the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for over a year. Kenia’s research interest broadly focuses on how stress and adversities influence cognitive development and physical health through the lifespan. She is particularly interested in examining the biological and behavioral pathways of how stress influences health and development in the lifespan. Additionally, she is interested in further understanding aspects of resilience and stressors in diverse populations, especially among Latinos.

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Sam North

Sam is a second-year graduate student in the International Disaster Psychology Master of Arts program at the University of Denver. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015. Afterwards, she worked as an International Logistics Officer for the non profit Starkey Hearing Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 1.5 years. She then worked as a Psychiatric Associate at the University of Minnesota Medical Center on a dual diagnosis unit for adolescents with chemical dependency and mental health issues for 1 year. Sam wants to conduct research broadly on populations that include children and adolescents on topics such as: suicide, risk vs. resilience, violence exposure, attachment, and trauma, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and bullying. She is specifically interested in the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and suicide, particularly when looking at developmental age of occurrence. Additionally, she wants to utilize this research to better create prevention and interventions for childhood trauma and suicide.

Please see the Join the Lab page if you're interested in joining the lab as a graduate student in Fall 2020.

Undergraduate Students

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Coming soon! Please see the Join the Lab page if you're interested in joining the lab as a undergraduate student in Fall 2019.

Staff Members

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Jake West (jacob.west@du.edu)

Lab Manager

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Lab Mascot

Frank (disguised as Buzz Lightyear) is a sassy corgo who Dr. Doom has the pleasure of serving. He makes guest appearances in the lab a couple of times a week and will do anything for bully sticks and Greenies!