ASP Lab Team

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Abe RutchickAbe Rutchick – Principal Investigator
I received my Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in 2005, then spent three years as a visiting assistant professor at Syracuse University. It’s my ninth year at CSUN. In my free time, I like to travel, cook, and kayak. Updated CV coming soon.





Current Lab Team:
Monica ReyesMonica Reyes
Monica is a second-year graduate student. Her current research focuses on embodiment and judgement and decision-making. She is also a Market Research Intern at Lieberman Research Worldwide in Los Angeles. She is the creator of USA Today’s top 2016 Fantasy Football team name “make america gronk again”.





Ryan McManusRyan McManus
Ryan is a first-year graduate student. He is interested in the intersection of social psychology and moral philosophy. More specifically, he is pursuing research investigating the effects of emerging technology (i.e., social media, autonomous cars, androids, remote weaponry, etc.) on perceptions of moral agency and responsibility. Some other interests include moral and political reasoning, how socio-cultural differences affect moral values, how we can motivate people to think and behave more altruistically, and beliefs about artificial intelligence and consciousness (Will robots really have desires to take over the world?). He plans on pursuing a PhD in psychology.




Falisha Kanji

Falisha Kanji
Falisha graduated in 2016 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Management. This fall, she will be applying to graduate programs in Human Factors Psychology. Her ultimate aim is to work for NASA.






Isabel Lopez

Isabel Lopez
Isabel will graduate this December with honors in psychology and will be applying to clinical psychology graduate programs this fall. She hopes to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology and ultimately work in private practice.





Justin Mohrzaz
Justin is majoring in psychology and minoring in marketing. He is interested in applied psychology.






Yana MartinezYanelliz Melchor Martinez
Yanelliz (Yana) is a junior working on her B.A in psychology. In the long run for a career goal, her curiosity for more knowledge in the field has driven her interest in a research-oriented, doctoral-level degree in psychology. Outside of school, Yana has been involved in the dance community for 7 years as a dancer and currently as an individual choreographer.





Edgar Frausto

Edgar Frausto
Edgar is a senior majoring in psychology. He is interested in the social and cognitive factors that influence human behavior. He wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in General Experimental Psychology. He is also a research assistant in a Cognitive Psychology Lab at CSUN with Dr. Jill Quilici. He likes to play guitar, sing, hike, and exercise.





Lab Alumni:
Cameron R. Hopkin
Cameron was the first alumnus of the ASP lab. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Duke University in 2015. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.
Alexander B. Swan
Alex is a former lab coordinator and graduated with his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2016. His is currently teaching at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. Check out his personal academic website.
Daniel Corral
Daniel is currently a Ph.D. student in cognitive psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Check out his personal academic website.
Angela C. Bell
Angela graduated with her Ph.D. in social psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2016. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College in Waterville, ME.
Mirranda Salas
Mirranda is currently the program coordinator for NIH Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) at CSUN.
Sully Coleman
Sully is currently a Ph.D. student in biobehavioral health at The Pennsylvania State University.
Simon Ferber
Simon graduated with his Psy.D. from Alliant University in 2016.
Erin R. McMichael
Erin is currently a Professional School Counselor at Tesoro High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Amber Sanchez
Amber is currently a Ph.D. student in social psychology at UC Davis.
Matthew Barrett
Matt is a former lab coordinator and currently a Ph.D. student at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Joshua Gold
Josh is a Ph.D. student in health psychology at the University of Iowa.
Maxim Babush
Max is a Ph.D. student in marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Johnny Felt
Johnny is a Ph.D. student at UC Merced.
Keighlynn Adlof
Keighlynn is a Psy.D. student at California Lutheran University.
Kailey Bax
Kailey is a M.A. student in Clinical Psychology at CSUN.
Brandon Brown
Brandon is an M.A. student at USC.
Alina Ostrander
Alina is a former lab coordinator and a Ph.D. student in health psychology at UC Irvine.
William Kidd
Will is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Minnesota.
Travis Miller
Travis is a Ph.D. student in social psychology at UC Riverside.
Lindsay Pleskus
Lindsay is a Research Manager at Lieberman Research Worldwide, a market research firm headquartered in Century City.
Ashley Cocker
Ashley Cocker is a PhD student attending Grand Canyon University.
Rene Shabastari
René has a Master’s degree in Human Factors from San Jose State and runs Usability research studies for Plantronics Inc.
Carolyn Nguyen
Carolyn Nguyen is currently working as a Behavior Therapist, as well as a research assistant in an applied behavior analysis lab, and plans on getting her M.S. degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Tom Abernathy
Vahe Ghevandian

Mohamed Kadri

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