Student Research Assistants

Veronika Roble

Data Manager

Veronika is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology. After graduating from Cal, she is planning on attending graduate school in order to pursue a Master’s degree in School Psychology and/or a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is considering a career in counseling, working with children and families. Her broad research interests include developmental psychopathology, the effects of stigma and prejudice, and criminal psychology.

Anika Djukic

Data Assistant

Anika is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology and Legal Studies. She is passionate about equal access to and protection under the law, child welfare, educational equity and mental health. She is interested in doing research on the intersection between law, mental illness and psychology. After graduating, she plans on either pursuing a J.D. degree or a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology.  

Tanaya Kollipara

Research Assistant

Tanaya is a second year at UC Berkeley, intending to major in Social Welfare or Public Health. With a personal connection to mental health and previous experiences in advocating for those with mental illnesses, Tanaya is passionate about the intersection between mental health and justice, hoping to provide a voice to those who do not have one. She is also extremely interested in women's rights and health, an intersection she strives to understand more about. In the future, she hopes to take part in advocacy organizations, while pursuing a career in the medical field.

Paris Gockley

Research Assistant

Paris is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Legal Studies. She plans on pursuing a Masters in Forensic Psychology and a PsyD or PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is extremely passionate about helping those suffering with mental illness and thinks that helping to lessen the stigma around it will help both the issue of mental illness and associated criminal behaviors. 

Shalvena Sharma

Research Assistant

Shalvena is a junior pursuing a degree in Psychology and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley with a possibility of minoring in Linguistics. She hopes to continue working in research projects after graduation, especially those overlapping the fields of Psychology and the Criminal Justice system. In addition to research, she aspires to obtain a Master's in a degree combining Psychology and the justice system. Her main goals are to uncover findings that can influence policies geared toward parolees and minors at risk. 

Gracielle Li

Research Assistant

Gracielle Li is a second-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Studies with a minor in Human Rights Interdisciplinary. She is interested in researching different aspects of political psychology intrinsically within each person and extrinsically among groups. She is interested in doing research that comparatively measures the feedback loop between people and policy with the intent of informing legislation. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Political Science and/or a JD.

Kirnvir Kaur

Research Assistant

Kirnvir Kaur is a third-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Data Science. Post-undergrad., she will be attending graduate school for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and will also be attending law school. I hope to help minority communities have better access to mental health care.

Miranda Shen

Research Assistant

Miranda Shen is a first-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley planning on pursuing a double major in Psychology and Data Science. She is highly interested in researching the interactions between criminal justice, forensic psychology, and intelligence analysis, and studying the reasoning behind criminal and/or violent actions as well as their prevention methods. After graduation, Miranda plans on pursuing further education in these fields as well as a career in the criminal justice system.

Valerie Ekko

Research Assistant

Valerie is a third year transfer student pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in the field of cognition and psychology. She is especially passionate about the aging population with regard to neurodegenerative disorders and how untreated mental illness may result in homelessness or a criminal record

Scarlett Saunders

Master's Student

Scarlett Saunders is a first-year graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Master of Public Policy program. In her career, she plans to reduce opportunity barriers for marginalized youth by revamping criminal justice, housing, and social welfare policies. Her research interests center around adolescent risk assessment and intervention.

Elizabeth Hemsworth

Research Assistant

Elizabeth is a third-year transfer student at UC Berkeley, pursuing a degree in Media Studies with a minor in Public Policy. She is passionate about promoting mental health awareness and increasing access to mental health care. After graduating, Elizabeth plans to pursue a master's degree in Public Policy and use her digital communication skills to bring awareness and affect change in a variety of health and social issues.

Catherine Hsu

Research Assistant

Catherine Hsu is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and Art Practice. She likes to explore political and social issues through visual artwork, both in traditional forms of media and through graphic design. Catherine also enjoys editorial journalism and researching criminal justice reform, policing, and electoral politics. She hopes to pursue a career in political journalism or digital communications to further explore the intersectionality of politics and media.

Charlotte Tomlinson

Research Assistant

Charlotte is a non-traditional first-year student majoring in Society & Environment and Public Health at UC Berkeley. She is passionate about social medicine and community trauma due to systemic injustice. Her research interests are centered around violence reduction, generational trauma, and empowering environments. After graduating, she hopes to go onto medical school and become an emergency physician to gain a platform to address health access and disparities head-on.

Shivani Ekkanath

Research Assistant

Shivani is a final year undergraduate enrolled in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po Paris and UC Berkeley. She majored in History, Politics, and International Relations at Sciences Po and is majoring in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Shivani has a keen interest in postcolonialism, human rights issues, especially when it comes to exploring intersectionality and criminal justice issues. She hopes to pursue public and social welfare policy in Grad school and wants to explore these from a gendered lens.

Natalia Sarabia Vasquez

Master's Student

Natalia is an incoming Master’s degree student in Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about using Statistics to address social problems. She holds a BSC in Actuarial Science from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is part of the 2021 Fulbright-García Robles cohort.