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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

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Alexandra

Alexandra

PhD

Expertise

politics, international relations, public opinion, quantitative social science, political psychology, market research, data visualization

Jada

Jada

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical psychology, Sexuality, Racial and Gender Discrimination, Mental Health, Social Justice Issues, Maternal Psychology,

Sushmeena

Sushmeena

MA candidate

Expertise

General psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, politics, research methods and statistics, theatre

Paul

Paul

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cognitive neuroscience, moral judgments and decision making, social judgments and decision making, implicit bias, fear of missing out

Will

Will

MA

Expertise

Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Work with Philosophy and the social sciences, Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Breanna

Breanna

MPH candidate

Expertise

Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Politics

Jordan

Jordan

MA candidate

Expertise

Social science research, sociology, marriage and family therapy, psychosocial development, systemic therapy, systems theory, social injustice, food insecurity, homelessness, and emotional and behavioral health

Peichi

Peichi

EdD

Expertise

Education, social sciences, cultural studies, psychology and emotional well-being, NGO/nonprofits, business, gender issues, poverty, program development and evaluations, parent participation, foreign language learning or teaching, faith/religion

Molly

Molly

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuropsychology (i.e., study of brain-behavior relationship), aging and dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease), older adults and healthy aging, cross-cultural clinical assessments

Sophia

Sophia

MS candidate

Expertise

Cognitive Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology, Political Science, Multiculturalism, Human Rights, Restorative Practices, Anti-Racism

Lee

Lee

PhD

Expertise

empathy, prosocial behavior, social psychology, developmental psychology, persuasion and influence, leadership

Adrienne

Adrienne

PhD candidate

Expertise

Emotions, Interoception and Body Awareness, Social and Affective Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Social Determinants of Health

Jessica

Jessica

PhD

Expertise

Neuroscience, Psychology, fMRI, neuroimaging, mental health disorder, substance abuse, developmental neuroscience, reward processing, cognitive control, statistcis, experimental design, research methods

Elayne

Elayne

PhD candidate

Expertise

clinical psychology, mental health, mental healthcare services and outcomes, youth/family/community health, racial-ethnic minoritized groups

Andrea (Andi)

Andrea (Andi)

MS candidate

Expertise

Psychology, Public Health, Child Development [atypical or typical development], Family Dynamics, mental health

Sarah

Sarah

PhD candidate

Expertise

Health psychology; psychosocial oncology; social psychology; statistics

Nelson

Nelson

PhD

Expertise

mental health; academic persistence; psycho-social interventions; People of Color/BIOPC communities; values setting; career goals

Kristen

Kristen

PhD candidate

Expertise

mental health, psychology (eating behavior, health behaviors, stress, weight stigma, weight issues, body image, social connection, social relationships, mind-body connection)

Aya

Aya

MA candidate

Expertise

Anything in the realm of Psychology

Tobi

Tobi

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e. autism), disability studies, psycholinguistics, global mental health, psychology (developmental, clinical, and social), critical theories