Lab Members

Are you an RU-N Undergraduate looking to get involved in the Well-Being Lab? Fill out an RA Application and email it to Dr. Heintzelman. Applications for Spring 2021 will be reviewed in November.

Graduate Students

Fahima M.
Fahima M. | CV

Fahima is a second year student in the PhD Psychology program. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social and positive psychology – she is interested in studying well-being, inequality, and positive outcomes among general and disadvantaged populations. Outside the lab, she loves reading, lettering, and watching satire. She’s happy when she’s lettering a quote from a book she loved while watching Stephen Colbert or Hasan Minhaj, although this doesn’t happen as often as she’d like it to.



PREP Students

Bridgette Byrd
Bridgette earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University-Newark with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is currently in the Rutgers PREP Program. Her hobbies include travelling, cooking, and creative projects. A few of her interests include promoting wellness as a “mindset” and providing sustainable initiatives in underprivileged and minority communities. Her view of happiness is cultivated through life’s experiences, an appreciation for nature, healthy relationships with people who look different than her and living with intention in the moment!

Honors Thesis Students

Viridiana Villaseñor

Viridiana is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social Justice with the Honors Living and Learning Community Program. She has a goal of furthering her education and potentially pursuing her PsyD. Outside of lab, she enjoys listening to music, singing, being with her family and friends, watching movies, and reading realistic fiction and fiction novels.



Eshrat Oyeshee

Oyeshee is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience under the Honors College. She loves photography and traveling. She is happiest when she’s exploring NYC and its many coffee shops.




Bryant Gomez

Bryant is a rising senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social Justice with the Honors-Living-Learning Community! Bryant also works as a TA for Braven & hopes to apply for Ph.D program in Social/Organizational Psychology. Outside of academics & work, Bryant loves to catch up with family & friends, read books, hiking, and exploring new places to eat!



Nelson Antonio Reyes

Nelson is a senior majoring in Neurobiology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience under the Honors College at Rutgers. He works as a TA under the Chemistry department. Nelson hopes to become a Neuropsychiatrist and be board certified in Palliative Care. He enjoys biking down west side highway and watching the sunset at Battery park. He finds happiness to be a transitory state of mind, and joy as a more lasting state which is a reflection of internal our landscape.

Research Assistants

Julia Paredes

Julia is a senior with a double major in Psychology and Biology. She loves art therapy, Neuroscience research, and volunteering as a camp counselor during the summer. She’s happy when she is spending time with family friends, traveling and exploring new cultures, and creating art, especially painting and sculpting.




Analaura Ramirez

Analaura is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Her hobbies are cooking and reading. She is happy when she is spending time with family and friends.






Mariam Lopez

Mariam is a junior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She loves listening to music, dancing, and the field of Psychology. She’s happy when she is going on an adventure whether it’s traveling or trying something new.





Thomas Moussa

Thomas is a sophomore with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Business Administration and Philosophy. Some of his hobbies include cooking, photography, learning, and teaching anything and everything! He finds happiness in helping others and he is happiest when he spends time with his siblings.




Micaela Generali

Micaela is a junior studying Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Her hobbies and interests are reading, making puzzles, and bowling. She is happiest when she goes on adventures with her family and friends and trying new things.




Brian Barylski

Brian is a senior with a major in Psychology. His hobbies include biking and playing basketball. Music, his friends and family makes him happy.





Well-Being Lab Alumni


Michelle Mendoza is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of Oregon.

Kainaat Anwar is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rowan University.

Da’Quallon Smith is now a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology at the London School of Economics. *not pictured

Ahmad Awadallah
Rankita Sinha
Grace Akinlolu
Jacqueline Rodriguez
Zakiyyah Ibrahim
Shivangi Sharma
Paula Alves-Czachor