Graduate Student Spotlights


Congratulations to our class of 2023 graduates! We enjoyed celebrating with you and are looking forward to seeing what you do next. Please keep in touch!






Sarah and Jason with their mentor, Dr. Shari Waldstein



Anika Aquino (ADP; Mentor: Charissa Cheah) received a Center for Social Science Scholarship (CS3) Small Research Grant. Anika will be using this grant to support recruitment for her doctoral dissertation:

“Immigrant families’ risk and resilience: A multi-method investigation of cultural caregiving and socialization”

Congratulations Anika!!!


Ethan Fischer (HSP), (mentor Dr. Lira Yoon), is the recipient of a
Small Research grant by the Center for Social Science Scholarship.
This grant will enable Ethan to continue research on his master’s
thesis, “Investigating the Relation between Fixed Emotion and
Experience Level”.

Congratulations Ethan! Keep up the great scholarship!!!


Huiguang Ren (ADP/Culture, Child & Adolescent Development Lab/Dr. Charissa Cheah) received funding to attend the 2023 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods (SIMRM) funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation.
The workshop is hosted by the UC Berkley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative and will be held at the University of California, Berkley campus June 7th thru the 15th, 2023.


Carly Berger, Danielle Griffin, Brianna Jehl and Tali Rasooly (Pediatric Psychology Lab/Dr.
Lynnda Dahlquist) presented their research this month at the Society of Pediatric Psychology
(Division 54) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The following posters were presented:

Berger, C. & Dahlquist, L. (2023, April) Does approach vs. avoidance coping style for medical
procedures predict school-aged children’s responses to experimental pain?
Griffin, D. & Dahlquist, L. (2023 April) Help-seeking and help-hiving: Impact of childhood food
allergy and age on autonomy development and parenting practices.

Jehl, B. & Dahlquist, L. (2023 April) The impact of observation on pediatric acute pain virtual reality
distraction techniques

Rasooly, T. & Dahlquist, L. (2023 April) Pain cognitions as predictors of caregiver readiness to
vaccinate their child against COVID19