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:

Ryan McManusRyan McManus
Ryan is a second-year graduate student. His research interests lie at the intersection of social psychology and morality. Currently, he is investigating the effect of emerging technology on perceptions of moral agency and responsibility (in particular, how the use of new technology affects attributions of blame and praise). Some other interests include: what leads people to accept or reject new technology, moral and political reasoning, the role of values and mental state inferences in morally-charged disagreements, and what allows people who have disagreements to see one another’s perspective.





Rebecca EsquenaziRebecca Esquenazi
Becca is a second-year MA student. Her research interests center on the effects of technology on social interaction, social communication, and more broadly, human cognition as a whole. Her current project in the ASP lab is focused on investigating the extent to which people are willing to yield agency to a machine. In the future, she is interested in researching the ways technology may facilitate the process of learning, and aid in the acquisition of social and cognitive skills, and how these effects may be different in under- and better-served populations of university students.





Matt LeitaoMatt Leitao
Matt’s research interests lie at the convergence of social psychology and technology.  Currently, he is investigating the minimum threshold for people to view machines as lifelike and how that perception affects other perceptions about that machine.  His other interests include social relationships mediated through technology, people’s feelings and attitudes toward emerging technologies, and how new technologies affects our lives.






Falisha KanjiFalisha 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.






Yanelliz Melchor MartinezYanelliz Melchor Martinez
Yana is a senior in the BUILD-PODER program. She is interested in the process of how people make decisions in daily societal encounters, specifically, in how heuristics and biases influence decision making. She is most drawn to work that can be applied to everyday life to improve organizations. She is currently examining how the presentation of personality assessments influences how they are interpreted and internalized.






Bryan RossBryan Ross
Bryan is a senior majoring in psychology. He is interested in the causes and treatments of substance use disorders, particularly in underrepresented populations. Other interests include positive psychology and methods of increasing resiliency and well-being. He plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.






Image on the Way!Yvette Lugo
Bio coming soon






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.






Banwant KaurBanwant Kaur
Banwant is senior at CSUN majoring in Psychology. Banwant is interested in the psychological and emotional responses to loss, specifically in youth. She is also interested in how culture influences our sense of personal identity. Banwant is highly involved in a non-profit organization called Camp Kesem; this organization helps children through and beyond their parents’ cancer.






Nare TsarukyanNare Tsarukyan
Nare is a senior majoring in Psychology. She is interested in understanding how people’s minds work and how it might shape their personality, particularly those who are disabled. She also loves to understand theoretical perspectives which may influence ones growth and development. For instance she is fascinated by the theory of mind and how children’s perspective about others viewpoint changes as they grow into their adulthood. She is looking forward to pursing her Master’s degree as a college counselor to help students achieve a positive future.






Maya Coronado

Maya Coronado
Maya is a junior majoring in Psychology. She is most interested in cultural differences that occur between generations and in multiracial families. Other interests include the determining factors of a human’s sexuality, and causations for educational attainment of underrepresented populations. She plans on continuing her education until attaining a Ph.D.






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 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.
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.
Isabel Lopez
Isabel Lopez is a student in CSUN’s MA program in Clinical Psychology.
Monica Reyes
Monica Reyes is a Research Associate at Lieberman Research Worldwide in Los Angeles.
Johnny Goukassian
Johnny Goukassian is a Senior Research Manager at Brakethrough Research, a market research firm in Los Angeles.

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