Research Assistants

Research Assistants 2015-16

D Anderson

Danyon Anderson is a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is interested in being an environment, economics, and politics major. His parents had him when they were 47 and 46 respectively, and his father retired when he was in fourth grade. This gives him a unique perspective on the relationship between work, family, and children because he benefited greatly from having two parents home full-time. He also runs cross country and track for CMS.

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Alice Chen is a first-year student at CMC from Portland, Oregon. As a potential dual major in biology and psychology, she is interested in doing research in both fields of study. She currently works at the Berger Institute with Professor Kanaya on a project involving work-family balance. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, listening to good music, and traveling. (Spring only.)

Larissa Chern

Larissa Chern was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a junior at CMC dual majoring in economics and psychology. Her favorite thing about CMC is the strong sense of community among the student body. She is currently working as one of the Berger Institute’s Social Media Representatives. She loves traveling, spending time with friends and family, and meeting new people.

LillyBelle Deer

LillyBelle Deer is from Honolulu, Hawai’i and graduated from CMC last year with a degree in Psychology. She is interested in clinical psychology, especially anxiety disorders, and is in the process of applying to clinical psychology PhD programs. She is currently working with Professor Kanaya on a few projects regarding work-family balance. In addition to her work with the Berger Institute, she is an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s CMS swimming & diving teams. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and hiking with her dogs.

K Gohn

Kelsey Gohn hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a senior majoring in economics and psychology. This past summer, she interned at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. She currently works with Professor Kanaya on a project regarding the work-life concerns of adolescents. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore Southern California.

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Sichén Hernandez-Martinez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Ontario, California since the age of 3. She is a recent graduate of Pomona College with a degree in Psychology and her research interests include psychology, immigration, and education.  She is currently working with Professor Kanaya on a project regarding mother-child conversations and is in the process of applying to cultural and social psychology PhD programs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her four nephews and niece and watching Friends reruns.

A Johnson

Adrienne Johnson grew up in a suburb of Seattle. A senior at CMC, she is an international relations and government major. She spent this past summer interning at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. She spent the previous summer doing research and data analysis for a youth-led and -run NGO in Delhi, India. She is currently working with Professor Kanaya on a project for the Families and Work Institute. In her free time she likes to run, play golf, and read.

Lauren Livingston

Lauren Livingston is a sophomore from Port Washington, New York. She is interested in psychology and literature. Currently, she works with Professor Kanaya on a project regarding work-family balance. In addition to her work with the Berger Institute, she is on the CMS women’s tennis team and is starting her own literature appreciation club. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and traveling.

Jen Petrova

Jenia Petrova is a first-year student at CMC. Originally from Bulgaria, she has lived in Chicago for almost 18 years. She is planning on dual majoring in economics and psychology. After graduating, Jenia hopes to pursue a career in interior design, fashion, or real estate. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, discovering new restaurants, and traveling. (Spring semester only.)

T Valdez

Timothy Valdez is a first-year student at CMC and is planning on majoring in sociology with a focus on gender and racial inequality. He is very interested in analyzing social movements and behaviors, and is currently working with Professor Kanaya on a project involving communication behaviors between a mother and her child. In addition to his work with the Berger Institute, Timothy works as an office assistant at the CMC Admissions Office and as a student event manager for ASCMC. In his free time, he likes to watch old episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Avatar the Last Airbender.”

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Tyler West is a senior majoring in psychology with a leadership sequence. He hails from the east coast, having been born and raised in Boston. He is particularly interested in Developmental and Positive Psychology. He enjoys music and writing, and is currently starting up a free-form speech platform at CMC with two peers in hopes of sparking conversations and incentives to build and create.

A Zuniga

Alex Zuniga is from Long Beach, California and is a junior majoring in Molecular Biology at CMC. He currently works at the Keck Graduate Institute in Infectious Diseases, Immunology, and Genetics, and is working on being published in the January issue of Nature. He is also currently working for Professor Kanaya exploring mother-child interactions. He hopes to work in the Biotech industry after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, hiking, and traveling.

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