Research Assistants

Yeelen Edwards

Hi! My name is Yeelen and I grew up in the Bay Area. I enjoy leisure biking, jogging in the hills of Marin County (my home), swimming and writing poetry. I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelors' degree in psychology. I am very passionate and interested in clinical psychology and clinical psychological research with an emphasis in anxiety, depressive and trauma disorders. I plan to apply for doctorate programs in clinical psychology, and I have hopes of pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist who innovates empirical, research-based treatment therapies to remedy severe anxiety and depressive disorders. I also hope to enter practice as a diagnosing psychologist in clinical psychology. 

Vivien Shifei Li, M.A.

 Viv grew up in the L.A. area and holds degrees from UCLA and Cornell University. Following grad school she came to San Francisco to be a bond analyst and specialized in public infrastructure projects like football stadiums and water enterprises. She is interested in resilience and grit and how growth mindsets influence medical outcomes in both psychiatric and family medicine settings. In her spare time, Viv is passionate about housing issues in San Francisco and textile printing. 

Hiep Nguyen

Hi! I'm Hiep and I'm a student at UC Berkeley studying biology. I'm interested in learning more about the brain and PTSD through researching at the THRIVE Lab. I swim, bike and volunteer with Cal Habitat for Humanity in my spare time. 

Belen Rogowski

My name is Belén and I am a research assistant at the THRIVE lab. I love to study the brain, and I'm particularly excited to explore how neurophysiological processes and structural changes in the brain produce differences in human behavior. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks, petting cats around the neighborhood, cooking, and watching suspenseful movies.

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Gowri Sundar

 Gowri is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Humanities and Art in Psychology and Art with a minor in neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, she has had the opportunity to be involved in research surrounding stress reduction, health, and mindfulness interventions. Gowri is specifically interested in clinical interventions and the cognitive mechanisms behind disorders, as learning more about the biological impact of trauma, mood, and eating disorders. She also works as an artist in her spare time, creating interdisciplinary pieces and performances that integrate her research into her art practice.