The Gil Internship has accepted 11 interns for Fall 2017! Learn more about the current class and their placement sites below.
Shelby is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in psychology and chemistry. She started her studies at Carolina focusing on chemistry and worked in the lab of Dr. Victor Garcia Martinez studying HIV pathogenesis and viral suppression. After taking some psychology classes, she became very interested in the intersection of brain chemistry and human behavior, specifically in understanding psychopathology. Additionally, though her involvement being a translator at various medical clinics and serving as a SMART Mentor for an adolescent in the Chapel Hill area, she found her passion of exploring how sociocultural factors can impact health outcomes and access to mental health treatment. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to study psychiatry and public health.
Jasmin is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology. After volunteering her freshman year in the Black Health Laboratory under graduate student Vanessa Volpe, she developed a passion for researching the effects that racism can have on African-Americans. After working in Dr. Enrique Neblett’s African American Youth Wellness Laboratory, Jasmin has further developed this interest into investigating potential mediators of these negative effects of racism for this population. Specifically, Jasmin would like to develop interventions that could be implemented by family members, mentors and individuals in the school community to decrease the effect of structural and interpersonal racism on African-American youth. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Tatiana is a senior from Bogota, Columbia, majoring in Psychology (B.S.) with a Neuroscience minor. In her pursuit of a career as a neuropsychologist, she has worked at treatment centers for children with severe psychiatric illnesses and adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, she is a Transfer Student Ambassador for New Student & Family Programs and an intern at the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders where she is researching the biological and genetic underpinnings of eating disorders and their comorbid disorders.
Anna is a double-major in Psychology and Political Science and is minoring in politics, philosophy, and economics. She is interested in the precursors and outcomes of addiction. Anna works in a laboratory focused on the effects of binge alcohol exposure in adolescence. She also works in a laboratory for anxiety disorder research and is the president of a political club on campus. After graduation, Anna plans on going to law school in hopes of using her psychology knowledge in the legal system.
Kenny is a senior Psychology major with a Neuroscience minor. He is particularly interested in how mental health resources can be more accessible and tailored to minority groups. He has been working in Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s research lab since his freshman year. The Mood, Emotions, and Clinical Child Assessment (MECCA) lab is focused on improving the dissemination of psychological assessment and diagnostic tools for children and adolescents. Kenny hopes to attend graduate school for clinical psychology in the future. When not busy, he enjoys exploring Chapel Hill’s local nature trails, badminton, and playing cards with friends.
Saif is a senior and international student from Jordan majoring in Business and Psychology. He has worked as a research assistant in both clinical and social psychology labs and is currently pursuing a social neuroscience thesis in Dr. Keely Muscatell’s Social Neuroscience and Health Lab. For his thesis, Saif is hoping to better understand the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the reasons for risky decision-making—particularly among people in low socioeconomic brackets. As someone passionate about a variety of fields, Saif is hoping to use his academic and professional work in psychology to pursue a career in marketing analytics or brand management. For fun, he likes to weight lift, play hours of table tennis, and watch philosophy debates.
Tate is a senior from Greensboro, North Carolina double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy and minoring in Neuroscience. He is interested in studying the cognitive mechanisms that play a role in the cause and maintenance of anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Tate is currently a research assistant in Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s Peer Relations Lab and Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz’s Anxiety and Stress Lab where he is conducting his honors thesis assessing different cognitive processes in health anxiety. Tate is president of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, president of Phi Sigma Tau the philosophy honors society at UNC, and is an undergraduate fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics. After graduating, Tate plans to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
Grace is a senior from Chapel Hill, NC majoring in Psychology and History with a French minor. She is interested in clinical and developmental psychology, and the way environment affects outcomes. Currently, Grace is a research assistant studying memory-relevant language during teacher instruction in the Center for Developmental Science. On campus, she serves as an executive member of Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment (HYPE), which provides social, cultural and educational experiences to students at under-served community areas. After graduation, Grace aims to pursue a degree in clinical psychology, where she hopes to assist families and children.
Julia is a senior from South Florida. Her interests in Psychology include child development and neuroscience. She hopes to go on to receive her doctorate in coming years and is excited to be a Gil Intern. Julia also loves graphic design and anything outdoors.
Mary is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Medical Anthropology from Greensboro, NC. She takes an interest in Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders as well as in the utilization of mindfulness-based strategies in conjunction with CBT as a psychotherapeutic approach. As a research assistant in Dr. Jon Abramowitz’s lab, Mary has taken part in a project examining the influence of mood induction on uncertainty-based reasoning. She happily spent this past summer interning at a London hospital where she took part in a project examining the psychological dimensions of pain management among patients. After graduating, Mary plans to continue her education with the intention of one day practicing psychology in a clinical setting.
Leo is a Junior majoring in Psychology and Biology and minoring in Chemistry from Gainesville, FL. For the last year and a half, Leo has had the pleasure of working under associate professor Dr. Jason Stein in the Neuroscience Research Center on projects that use computational genomics to find potential causes of neuropsychiatric disorders as well as to understand recent brain evolution. Other than neuroscience, Leo is passionate about nature, and he studied tropical biology in Costa Rica this past summer. He is interested in investigating the interactions between brain and behavior in both humans and animal models. Leo is also an avid basketball fan and enjoys playing in his free time. After graduation, Leo plans to take a gap year to gain more research experience and to conduct field work before attending graduate school.