Research Assistants

Nora Huey

Nora graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in psychology. After graduating, Nora pursued post-baccalaureate studies in chemistry and biology, and worked in research, where she studied the neurobiology of depression. Nora is interested in the physiology and biology of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. She also has interest in exploring how pro-health behaviors, lifestyle changes, and empirically based treatments can be specifically tailored to improve health outcomes and wellness. Nora will apply to a Ph.D. program in clincical health psychology next fall. In her free time, Nora likes to do yoga and hike in the redwoods.


Emily Kalantar

Emily graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. By studying abroad in South Africa, Emily gained a global perspective that serves to enhance her interests in psychological trauma and how trauma can negatively affect one's quality of life. Emily has an ultmate goal of being a clinical psychologist practicing from empirically informed efforts. Emily is currently also volunteering as a research assistant at CSU Monterey Bay on a project that is focused on improving treatments for trauma survivors. 

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 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.

 Annika Williams

I'm an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology and Nutritional Sciences. I hope to pursue a career in medicine and am really enjoying learning about biological mechanisms of psychopathology here in the THRIVE Lab. I like to spend my spare time backpacking, playing music, painting, hanging out with my cat, and volunteering as a doula at the San Francisco General Hospital.