Lab Members

Graduate Students

Fahima M.

Fahima M.

Fahima is a first 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.

Research Assistants

Michelle Mendoza, BA

Michelle is the lab manager of the Well-Being Lab. She received her BA in Psychology at Rutgers University in 2018. Outside the lab, her interests include cooking and traveling (especially to tropical places). She’s happy when she is working out and spending time with family and friends.

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Kainaat Anwar

Kainaat is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She also attends Seton Hall University for Army ROTC and is expecting to graduate in 2020 as a medical officer in the US Army. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. What makes her most happy is spending time with her family, working out, and silent reading.


Jacqueline Rodriguez, BA

Jackie received her BA in Social Work with a minor in Psychology in 2019. Outside of the lab, her hobbies are writing poetry, yoga, and watching movies. She’s happy when she can give back to others, watch people grow and transform, and going for walks down a scenic route.


Grace Akinlolu

Grace is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She loves Psychology and plans to further her education in graduate school. She loves traveling; trying new food and experiencing different cultures. She also loves writing– she owns a personal blog about college, lifestyle and faith. She enjoys talking to people and helping them resolve conflicts and find solutions to problems. She aspires to become a Psychologist in the future.

Viridiana Villasenor

Viridiana is a junior 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.

Rankita Sinha

Rankita is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She works with young children at an Arts Studio and also works part-time as an activities assistant at a senior living center in which she cares for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She wishes to pursue her graduate studies in Psychology. Outside of lab, she loves to cook, paint/draw, and travel abroad to exotic destinations.

Past Lab Members

Spring 2019

(Left to right– Paula Alves-Czachor, Zakiyyah Ibrahim, Shivangi Sharma)