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Graduate Students and FTRG Externs

Malasia Apparicio

My name is Malasia Apparicio, I just graduated from NYU with my Bachelors in Psychology. My goal is to get my PhD in Clinical psychology and open my own private practice. I joined FTRG this semester as a coder in training and I'm loving the experience and the work that's being done here! 

Camila Arria-Maury

I am currently a junior at NYU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology and I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after obtaining my B.A.. My main interests are mood and personality disorders and I hope to work with individuals with these kinds of disorders in the future. 

Barbara De Barros

I am currently a junior at NYU, pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Politics. While I do hope to incorporate the two in the future, my current plan is to attend graduate school to study child and adolescent psychology. 

Anthea Chan

I am a junior in the Applied Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt with a minor in Sociology. I will be conducting a study in the fall on the effectiveness of the forum in training case managers in safety planning and risk assessment in regards to cyber abuse. I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology one day, and my focuses will be on domestic and sexual abuse.

Allie Degen

I am a junior at NYU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS). I am especially interested in how stress and dominance behaviors can affect interpersonal relationships, particularly in adolescents. Further, I would like to investigate how these factors can contribute to mental illness. I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and ultimately, my main goal is to start my own practice where I can work with clients affected by eating disorders and coexisting conditions. 

Rovena Grishaj

In 2016, I graduated from University of Tirana with a BA degree in Psychology. Being in love with Psychology and the great answers it gives for our psychic and behaviour, I decided to continue my studies in the US. I am currently studying for a second BA degree in Psychology at St. John’s University. During my first semester in America, I realized that there were so many opportunities to take advantage of and all I needed to succeed was and is strong will and hard work. Being influenced by Psychoanalysis, I am always trying to understand how our primary experiences are related with our behavior and for sure research is the best way to learn more about this relationship. I am so grateful to be a part of FTRG group research and I think that this is the first step in finding out the answers to my unanswered questions. 

Kimberly Gonzalez

I am a Junior pursuing a BS degree in Psychology and a double minor in Cinema Studies and Chemistry in the City College of New York. A believer of the Bio-Psycho-Social model, I feel that all components of life contribute to our mental state and how, in turn, we as humans behave. My ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in clinical neuropsychology in hopes to understand emotional and physiological responses to certain stimuli, especially life stressors. 

Kinga Grzybowski

I am currently a senior at St. John's University majoring in Psychology with a Pre-Medicine emphasis. My experience in clinical research, and working as a pharmacy technician has helped me realize my interests in not only Physiological Psychology, but Psychopharmacology as well. After graduating, I plan to attend medical school to pursue my dream of becoming an anesthesiologist. 

Taylor Heedles

I graduated Adelphi University in Garden City in May 2015 with a BA in Psychology, and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Child and Family Studies. I am currently studying at St. John’s University, pursuing a masters in School Psychology. In the future, I am looking forward to applying to School Psychology doctoral programs. My main research interests include anxiety and trauma. My ultimate goal is to develop a program for traumatized children of NYPD and FDNY workers who were involved in traumatic events. 

Moises Hernandez

I am an undergraduate sophomore student at St. John’s University, majoring in Psychology. I am fascinated by mental health topics such as self-esteem, self-compassion, social anxiety, depression, and other anxiety disorders. I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after obtaining my bachelor’s degree. 

Caroline Kaleda

I am a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at New York University. I graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and English. I've been at FTRG as an RMICS coder since Fall 2014.

Hazel Kim

I am currently an undergraduate student at NYU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. I have always been interested in social relationships, interactions and their influences. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a higher degree in clinical or counseling psychology with a specialty towards child and adolescents mental health. In the future, I hope to promote mental well being and work with children and adolescents in a clinical setting.  

Kimberly Kissoon

I am a junior at NYU pursing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Public Policy and Management. I am primarily interested in learning more about personality and behavior. After graduation, I plan to pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology. 


I am currently completing my masters degree in psychology at NYU with a specialization in forensics. My primary focus is on sexual aggression and violence — perpetrator motivations, impact on survivors, ethicality of offender laws, and effective interventions, in particular. Because of the interpersonal nature of such violence, I am especially excited to be an extern here at FTRG, where I am learning to code interactions between partners in interpersonal relationships. I hope to remain involved in the study of aggression and violence in human relationships, and to one day contribute to the improvement of interventions in the field.

Rachel Lim

I’m currently an undergraduate sophomore at New York University, pursuing a BS in Applied Psychology. I am passionate about special needs education and mental health advocacy. My research interest includes the influence of typically-developing siblings, family members and peers on the social developments of children with autism spectrum disorder and down-syndrome. After graduation, I hope to pursue a higher degree in a healthcare-related field. 

Shelley Lugo

I am currently a senior at The City College of New York, pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I plan on going to a physician assistant school. 

Gabriela Memba

I am currently a senior at New York University with a major in psychology on the pre-med track. I am very interested in abnormal psychology and mental health advocacy. After graduating from NYU, I plan to gain my PhD in clinical psychology and hope to work with both adults and children/adolescents in a clinical setting. 

Paige Ebony Moss Lyles

I am currently a junior at NYU, majoring in Psychology. After I graduate in 2018, I plan to obtain a medical degree and specialize in pediatrics. I am strongly interested in child psychology and social psychology, and I plan to use my knowledge in these areas of study when I begin my medical practice.  

Sarah Mughal

I am an undergraduate student at NYU, majoring in psychology on the pre-health track, with a minor in creative writing. I am interested in anxiety disorders, mental health advocacy and the intersections between psychiatry, psychology, and social determinants of health. I intend on earning my Master's degree in clinical psychology and attending medical school after graduation.  

Fathima Nashra Naushad

I am a graduating senior at the City College of New York. I am majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, minoring in Biology, and in the Pre-Medical route. I am interested in understanding the effects of the environment on human health both physically and mentally. I have prior clinical experience as a research associate in the Emergency Department at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Post-graduation I am planning to attend medical school and possibly investigate the human health effects from exposure to environmental hazards. 

Madina Nayl-Barak

I am a recent graduate from Queens College with a bachelors degree in Psychology as well as Urban Studies. I have had much research experience in both clinical research as well as neuroscience research which has led me to my current passion in neuropsychological research. I have also had the pleasure to volunteer three years at the Queens College Psychological Center and advance my clinical experience by directly working with patients through supervision as well as providing translation services during psychotherapy sessions. I hope to eventually pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology. 

Yanina Nemirovsky

I am about to graduate Hunter College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Russian Language and Literature. I will be applying to get my masters in clinical social work. I have worked in Maimonides hospital for two years helping children in need of mental health and therapeutic services. I look forward to pursuing my career in the mental health field. 

Larissa Oglesby

I am a junior at St. John’s University, majoring in Psychology. My early field experience has shown me how vital family-based care is to patient recovery, therefore I am eager to assist with family and couple dynamics research here at FTRG. In addition to this, my primary research interests are trauma, global mental health, and under-served populations because of my strong passion for social justice. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to become a professor and open my own practice focusing on under-served populations.  

Sushma Reddy

I am currently a junior at NYU majoring in Psychology. After I graduate, I plan to obtain a medical degree and specialize in Psychiatry. I am passionate about mental health advocacy especially depression and anxiety disorders in adolescents. 

Lizbet Parks

I am a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a BA in psychology. I am currently working on gaining valuable work experience in research, with the goal of gaining my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Ultimately, I would like to work at a research-based institution conducting research with youth and adolescents.  

Manpreet Sachdev

I am a recent graduate from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Molecular Genetics. I am pursuing a Master in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in the upcoming fall. I am very interested in the social determinants of health and am currently gaining experience in the field. I hope to ultimately go to PA school and use the knowledge I have learned in clinical setting. 

Sanya Sareen

I am a sophomore at NYU double-majoring in psychology and economics. I am primarily interested in social psychology and its intersection with behavioural economics. I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a Master's in Business Administration and eventually work in consulting or marketing. 

Megan Sax

Currently I am an undergraduate student at Hunter College pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. During my time at Hunter I have developed an interest in abnormal psychology and the effects its disorders have on individuals functioning in society. Once I have complete my undergraduate studies I plan on continuing my education by obtaining a Ph.D in clinical psychology.  

Becky Shams

I am currently a junior at NYU studying Psychology and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. My interests include research on violence and domestic abuse, addiction, and sexual development in adolescence and early adulthood. I’m excited to expand my knowledge in research and look forward to pursuing a career in clinical psychology. 

Paula Torres

I am an undergraduate sophomore at NYU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. I am particularly interested in the relationship between psychopathology and violence, thus I intend to get a Master’s and, perhaps a PhD, in Forensic Psychology after graduation. My ultimate goal is to work with and do research about criminals and psychopathy. 




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