Former Lab Managers (2016-2017)

In May, Sam McGirr and Rachel Tenney left THRIVE Lab after working as lab managers for one year. Both will be starting medical school in the fall. We wish them the best of luck on their exciting new journeys.

Samantha McGirr

Samantha graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. After college, Samantha worked in publishing and biotech journalism. Writing about medicine helped her realize her desire to be a provider, and she recently completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Mills College. Samantha is excited to continue gaining research experience at THRIVE lab before applying to medical school. In her down time, she enjoys writing fiction and poetry, distance running, basketball and rock climbing.

Rachel Tenney

Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology, and a minor in Anthropology. After college, Rachel taught 7th and 8th grade science in San Jose, CA. Seeing how her students' educational trajectories were affected by a lack of access to health care inspired Rachel to pursue a career in medicine. She will start medical school in the fall, where she hopes to continue working to expand access to quality healthcare to youth in underserved communities. In her down time, Rachel enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring the East Bay.


Alumni List

Here is a complete list of THRIVE Lab alumni over the past several years. Many of our alumni have moved on to careers in psychological research, medical school, and graduate school in various disciplines.



Teena Ambrose

Former Research Assistant

Abigail Colyer

Jersey Deng

Former Data Manager

Elena Gasparini

Former Research Assistant

Lindsay Hegg, M.A.

Former Clinical Interviewer





Geena Hoffman Kevin Kim Cindy May Karen Nishimi Mark Pacult




Lily Radanovich

Former Research Assistant

Annika Rose

Lauren Ross

Former Lab Manager

Sarenna Shaw

Former Research Assistant

Sadie Shin