ASP Lab Team

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Fall 2017 Lab Team


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 10th year at CSUN. In my free time, I like to travel, cook, and kayak. Updated CV coming soon.





Current Lab Team:

Matt LeitaoMatt Leitao
Matt is a second-year graduate student. His research interests lie at the convergence of social psychology and technology. Currently, he is investigating social perception of computers and how those perceptions affect human activity. He is also interested in how social relationships are mediated through technology. His goal is to understand and help develop technologies that beneficially complement our lives.





Bryan RossBryan Ross
Bryan is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical masters program.  His clinical interests are in the causes and treatments of substance use disorders, particularly in underrepresented populations. He’s currently examining mediating factors in the relationship between neighborhood risk and substance use, as well investigating connectedness to one’s future self in relation to alcohol abuse. His other interests pertain to market research, specifically concerning consumer-brand relationships and the processes guiding their development.





Rob MontgomeryRob Montgomery
Rob is a first-year graduate student in the General Experimental masters program and is interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of social psychology, technology, and mental health. He is currently studying the implications of people’s interactions with and relationships to their smartphones and other personal devices. His ultimate aim is to develop and refine interventions which responsibly leverage personal technology to deliver mental health services and evidence-based treatments to as many people as possible.





Image on the Way!Yvette Lugo
Yvette is a senior in the BUILD-PODER research program.
She is interested in social neuroscience.





Maya Coronado

Maya Coronado
Maya is a senior (and Presidential Scholar) majoring in Psychology. She is currently investigating the impact that consequences hold on our relationships with various inanimate objects and technology. In addition, her research interests also includes cultural differences that occur between generations and in multiracial families. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.





Catherine MesickCatherine Mesick
Cat is a second year undergraduate in the BUILD-PODER research program. She has explored research in moral psychology, examining how accidents involving autonomous vehicles affect perceptions of blame. Cat is interested in political psychology and ultimately aims to pursue an academic career.






Banwant KaurBanwant Kaur
Banwant is a recent California State University, Northridge graduate with a BA in Psychology.  She is currently exploring innovative chronic pain treatments, specifically using implicit association training. Her other interests include emotional responses to loss, specifically in youth, and how social media use affects communication and emotional processing.






Leslie ValenciaLeslie Valencia
Leslie graduated from CSUN in 2018 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Child Development. Leslie is currently taking courses at Los Angeles Pierce College, looking to get her addiction studies certificate before going to graduate school for Forensic Psychology in Fall 2019. Leslie’s long-term interests include studying children who kill and gang members’ reintegration into society.





Sabrina HetzelSabrina Hetzel
Sabrina is a fourth-year undergraduate Psychology student with interests in social and ecological psychology. Currently, she is examining the potential benefits and drawbacks of the presence of technology in nature. Her other research interests include the effects of authority on behavior, as well as the characteristics possessed by individuals who take action in circumstances where responsibility is diffused. She aims to understand and cultivate an auspicious relationship between society and the environment. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.





Alex ParkerAlex Parker
Alex Parker is a senior majoring in psychology.  Alex has a broad entertainment industry background and has experience with audio engineering, video editing and creating content across various platforms; he would like to fuse the idea of art, entertainment and technology into research projects down the road.  In the long term, Alex wants to help alcoholics and drug addicts maintain sobriety through the practice of cognitive therapy.  His precise plans for graduate school have not yet been determined, but are slowly coming to fruition.





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. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Eureka College in Eureka, IL. Check out his personal academic website.
Daniel Corral
Daniel received his PhD from CU Boulder in 2017 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University. 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 an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Mirranda Salas
Mirranda is currently the program coordinator for BUILD-PODER at CSUN.
Sully Coleman
Sully received his Ph.D. in biobehavioral health at Penn State University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont.
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 received his PhD from UC Merced in 2018 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University.
Keighlynn Adlof
Keighlynn is a Psy.D. student at California Lutheran University.
Alina Ostrander
Alina is a former lab coordinator and is a Marketing Science Analyst at Lieberman Research Worldwide.
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 Senior Research Manager at Bovitz Research.
Ashley Cocker
Ashley 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 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.
Johnny Goukassian
Johnny is a Senior Research Manager at Brakethrough Research, a market research firm in Los Angeles.
Isabel Lopez
Isabel is a student in CSUN’s MA program in Clinical Psychology.
Monica Reyes
Monica is a Research Manager at Lieberman Research Worldwide in Los Angeles.
Ryan McManus
Ryan  is a PhD student at Boston College.
Becca Esquenazi
Becca is a PhD student at the University of Washington.
Yanelliz Melchor Martinez
Yanelliz is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Alliant University.

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