Grace DiDomenico graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In the lab, Grace is using structural equation modeling to address high comorbidity within psychological disorders, and clarify how specific risk factors are associated with latent dimensions in psychopathology. Grace is originally from Philadelphia, so when she is not in the CoPE Lab she enjoys exploring the Boston area.
Hannah was a master's student at Brandeis and worked in the CoPE Lab, where she completed her MA thesis on how anxiety and depression affect food behavior. After graduating, Hannah is currently pursuing her master's of social work from Boston University. In her free time, Hannah rows on a competitive women's team, plays with her dog and reads anything she can get her hands on.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Students
Rachel is very passionate about psychology and mental health. Her senior thesis looks at how depression relates to the interaction between the usage of various coping strategies and perceived stress controllability. Aside from working at the CoPE Lab, Rachel is a peer counselor at STAR and a teaching assistant at Lemberg Children's Center. In her free time Rachel loves to read, write, and spend quality time with friends.
For her senior thesis, Rachel is investigating sleep disturbance as a possible mediator between stress frequency and internalizing psychopathology using data from the Brandeis Counseling Center. Rachel's goal is to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. When Rachel is not in the CoPE lab, she is an office assistant for Student Financial Services, an Orientation Leader and volunteers with Companions 2 Elders; a group that visits senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living centers weekly. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and exploring the Boston area.
Nina is interested in supporting the mental health of immigrant families. Her senior thesis investigates the relationship between stress, depression, and coping strategies. When not in the CoPE Lab, Nina spends her time interning at a domestic violence agency, tutoring international students, and teaching children in kindergarten at a Sunday School. In her free time, she enjoys baking new recipes and spending time with her friends.
Tali Rychik was a honors thesis student in the lab and graduated in 2019. Tali's senior thesis examined dependent stress, or stress that someone causes for themselves, as a mediator in the relation between ADHD symptoms and depression. Currently, Tali is working as a research assistant in the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital studying the effects of marijuana abstinence on cognition in adolescents. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the future.
Sivan Ertel was an honors thesis student in the lab and graduated in 2018. Sivan's senior thesis looked at Alexathymia, the inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. Currently, Sivan is in the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Northeastern University.
Emma Nissenbaum was a honors thesis student in the lab and graduated in 2018. Emma's senior thesis looked at the relationship between academic self efficacy, stress, and executive functioning of college age students. Currently Emma is pursuing a master's degree in school psychology at the University of Southern Connecticut.