Jacob Clarin: Directed Research Student

Greetings. My name is Jacob Clarin and I’m a senior at Pitt pursuing a major in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and religious studies. I’m originally from New Jersey and am a lover of music, travel, and learning new languages. In the lab, my research project is focused on suicidal ideation in adolescents and how severity of suicidal thinking relates to the functional connectivity between the nucleus accumbens and cortical areas. After graduation, I intend to apply to Au.D. programs in pursuit of a career in audiology. 

Micayla Schmitt: Directed Research Student

Hello my name is Micayla Schmitt and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience.  I plan to attend medical school and hope to become a psychiatrist someday.  I am involved in multiple organizations on campus including Project Sunshine, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, the National Organization of Leadership of Success, and Pitt YA.  I love to read, play intramural soccer, attend plays, explore Pittsburgh, and spend time with friends.  I am excited to be a part of this experience and hope to learn more about anhedonia and research in general.


Kate Gold: Volunteer Researcher 

I am a sophomore Psychology major and Africana Studies minor with an interest in Developmental Psychology. I’m from Brooklyn, New York and here at Pitt, I’m a Resident Assistant, a Freshman Programs Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, and a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.


 Nina Iradi: Volunteer Researcher 

My name is Nina Iradi and I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh planning to major in psychology, with a minor in neuroscience. In addition to volunteering at the Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Laboratory, I am a member of the American Medical Student Association, and a volunteer at both the Pitt Pantry and Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Lawrenceville.


 Kaitlynn Robinson: Volunteer Researcher          


Name: Kaitlynn Robinson

Year: Junior, Psychology Major

Activities: Pitt Club XC, Chaarg

Future: I am still deciding what I want to do, but I am interested in psychology research and Occupational Therapy.


  Katie McMahon: ANBN Volunteer Researcher 

I am a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh and plan to major in psychology with a gender, sexuality, and women’s studies (GSWS) minor. I was recently inducted into Psi Chi, a National Psychology Honors Society, and I am involved in Pitt’s Student Government Board’s Wellness Committee. We focus on mental health and illness and put on events throughout the year to spread knowledge and awareness regarding mental health.

After working on a research team this summer at DePaul University in Chicago, I have been eager to gain more research experience. I worked with SPSS and coded qualitative data and loved learning about how research teams operate in a lab. I have interests in neuroscience and developmental psychology and plan on going to graduate school in psychology after my years here at Pitt.

I have always had a passion for writing and have learned to enjoy editing papers and working on drafts. Due to these interests, I frequently help out my friends with writing and editing advice. In the past, I was a tutor and swim lesson instructor because I have always enjoyed teaching and working with kids. My interest in psychology grew once I began teaching autistic children when I was in high school. I also am fortunate to be able to travel with my family. My mom is a professor and gives speeches around the world, so I have developed a love for experiencing other cultures and have attended many conferences in countries such as Egypt, Peru, Turkey, and Italy.


Brittany Pham: ANBN Volunteer Researcher 


My name is Brittany and I’m a sophomore at Pitt right now! I plan to major in Molecular Biology and eventually to volunteer and provide health assistance to children in need around the world.

I used to do a lot of MMA, jiu jitsu, Taekwondo, judo, and kickboxing until I got one of my teeth kicked out of my face.