Graduate Students and FTRG Externs

Elizabeth Badalov

I am currently a junior at Hunter College double majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy. I am on the Pre-Med track with an interest in psychiatry and developmental psychology. My goal is to complete my medical education and open up a local practice to serve my community.

Nancy Benhur

I’m currently a senior at Hunter College majoring in psychology. I am aiming to pursue a career in clinical psychology with a focus in child development. Outside of the lab, I love baking, singing, and reading romance novels!

Steven Chen

I graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology and am now pursuing masters in mental health counseling. I’m excited to join the FTRG team as an extern to gain insight on clinical research skills as I prepare for my graduate studies. Outside the lab, I enjoy running, playing board games, and watching Netflix.

George Ryan Ghorayeb

I am a Master’s student in Psychology at NYU. I received my BSc in Psychology from the University of Exeter, England. My goal is to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Children and Adolescent mental health. I am very excited to work with FTRG in a talented team to widen my research experience. In my free time, I enjoy songwriting, playing the guitar, and online video gaming.

Adeen Izzathullah

I am currently a grad student at NYU, obtaining a Master's in psychology. After I graduate, I plan to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on health psychology. Outside of the lab, you can find me at a bookstore or coffeeshop!

Zahida Khan

Currently, I am a junior at St. John's University, majoring in pre-med psychology and minoring in philosophy. I am also a Foil Fencer for my school. This is my first year as an FTRG Extern and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of a program that will help me develop my clinical research skills. I hope to serve my community in many ways, starting with mental health. In the future, I plan to obtain my MD in Psychiatry and further innovative research on the use of Psychedelics treatment for mental disorders. On a more relaxed side of things, you may find me at the gym daily and hiking. The best place I have been in 2021 has been Iceland!

Hannah L’Etoile

I'm a senior at Hofstra University, graduating in December 2021 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. After getting a few years of research experience, I hope to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am specifically interested in looking at emotion regulation in psychopathology. I'm very excited for this externship at FTRG, and look forward to gaining hands-on experience in research.

Rachel Oakes

I am a registered dental hygienist with 3 years of clinical experience. I’m excited to join FTRG and have the opportunity to combine my knowledge as a clinical practitioner and my interest in expanding my education of human psychology and mental health.

Jennie Ochshorn

Jennie Ochshorn is a senior at Hunter College, majoring in psychology. Currently focusing on neuroplasticity- specifically how cognitive and behavioral therapies can aid in treating trauma, OCD, and anxiety disorders- she hopes to get a range of research experience while on track to Ph.D. or MSW programs. Outside of academia, Jennie is a musician and visual artist.

Sophia Palacios

I am a senior at St. John's University pursuing a double major BA in Psychology and Speech Pathology & Audiology. After graduation, I aim to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in childhood and adolescence. I am very excited to be a part of FTRG and have the opportunity to learn more about research. Outside of the lab, I am passionate about theatre, art, and dancing.

Sophie Samuels

I am currently a junior at Barnard College studying psychology. After graduation I am hoping to pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. I am extremely interested in the research on trauma and its effects and am so excited about the opportunity to be a part of the FTRG team! When I’m not in school or the lab, I love to listen to music, read, and binge watch Criminal Minds.

Huidi “Judy” Yang

Judy is currently a Master's student studying psychology at NYU GSAS. Her current research project is on the relationship between mental imagery and human memory, moral decisions, and emotion regulations. She plans on applying to clinical psychology programs this Fall, and fingers-crossed she can find a place to continue her research!