Izzy is a senior undergraduate student at the University at Albany, where she will be obtaining her Bachelor of Science with a double major in psychology and public health. She plans to continue her education at the university’s MPH program, where she will be pursuing a concentration in epidemiology. Izzy is determined to emphasize the importance of mental health awareness as she enters the field of public health. Her research interests involve the comorbidity between mental and physiological disorders, more specifically how poor mental health can manifest a rapidly depleting physical well-being. In her free time, you will likely find Izzy volunteering in her community alongside her brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, weight training and running at the gym, or watching documentaries with her cats.
Maggie is a senior undergraduate student at the University at Albany pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in religious studies and globalization. She joined the lab due to a strong interest in studying ways of dealing with human suffering, particularly through the approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Maggie’s research interests also include studying how different cultures approach issues such as anxiety and how these practices can be translated into practical applications. Outside of the lab, Maggie is also the president of the University at Albany Buddhist Student Association and enjoys painting, writing poetry, and roller skating.
Jessie is a senior undergraduate student from Brooklyn, NY majoring in Psychology and minoring in Educational Studies. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology, with research interest in the broaden and build theory, resilience, and psychological flexibility fostered by positive psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. They were drawn to the lab due to the focused nature of the lab on ACT techniques and outcomes; they hope to make a meaningful difference in the world by helping people realize their strengths and reach their potential through leadership, research, and counseling. Beyond assisting the Anxiety Disorders Research Program, Jessie is a Middle Earth Crisis Hotline worker, peer advisor for the Academic Support Center, and president of the UA Tango Club. They also enjoy journaling, arts and crafts, and skating.