Ryan Butler is a second year Masters student in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). He is currently undertaking a research project around Virtual Reality and Education outcomes. Ryan graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology, where he also achieved honors within his Psychology major. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Ryan pursued several research opportunities including research assistantships within several nonprofits and within the USC Brain and Music longitudinal study. Ryan also has more than 3 and half years of experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis Behavior (ABA) Instructor and Program Coordinator. He maintains this position while he attends school and also currently teaches Parent Training Classes in ABA.
Ryan was recently nominated for Graduate Student of the Year at CSUDH for 2017 and has also presented at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference and Psi Chi Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. Ryan plans on applying for PhD programs this fall toward a future career as a Clinical Psychologist. He is interested in continuing research on behavior and technology and hopes to expand his research to include Neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.
Brandon Craw is a graduate student at California State University Dominguez Hills working towards his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He received his Bachelors in Psychology from CSUDH, graduated with honors and magna cum laude, and was placed on the Dean’s List for 4 consecutive semesters. Brandon has previously worked as a research lead in a positive psychology lab under the mentorship of professor Steven Frieze. Brandon is a member of Psi Chi and has presented at Student Research Day. He is also a member of the George Marsh Applied Cognition (GMAC) lab under the mentorship of Dr.Thomas Norman. Brandon is currently working with the Organizational Leadership Effectiveness Lab and on a study that examines Workplace Aggression. He plans to continue his research in a PhD program in Clinical Psychology and aspires to become a licensed psychologist.
Enya Valentin is a graduate student in the MA program for clinical psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills and has been a member of the George Marsh Applied Cognition (GMAC) Laboratory since 2016. Enya is currently finishing her thesis which examines how Snapchat usage (specifically filter usage and selfie sharing) can predict for narcissism.
Enya received her BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical and Community Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in 2016. During her time at PLNU, she also assisted with a project on biases made against female CEOs and another project on self-reported predicted attraction similarity as compared to actual attraction similarity. At the GMAC Lab she recently assisted with a project which focuses on anxiety and distraction. She also has been trained to use functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Photoplethysmogram (PPG) and galvanic skin response (GSR). Enya Valentin received the Eugene C. Mallory Scholarship Award while at PLNU for her passion and dedication to her psychology coursework. During her time at PLNU she presented the two previously mentioned projects from PLNU as posters at the 2016 Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention. One of these posters won the Psi Chi Regional Research Award. More recently however, Enya Valentin presented her project on Snapchat at the 2018 WPA Convention as part of a symposium on technology’s impact on cognition, learning, and mental health.
Enya is currently applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology. Her future career plans include working as clinician as well as teaching and researching as a university professor. In the future, Enya would like to focus her research more on clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging, technology, and mental health.