Sameen Boparai graduated with a BA in Psychology from Pomona College, where she wrote her thesis on the interaction between parental behavior and child anxiety. She has experience conducting therapeutic savoring interventions with mothers, performing standardized interviews, and engaging children in developmental assessments. She has also worked as a peer counselor in a high school setting. Currently, she is a study coordinator at the UC Irvine THRIVE lab and is revising a paper on genetic and environmental influences on children’s separation anxiety. Her interests include developmental psychopathology and therapeutic interventions. She is planning to apply to Clinical Psychology PhD programs in 2018.
Melissa Pedroza received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, works in the THRIVE Lab at the University of California, Irvine, and is currently preparing to purse a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. She has experience administering attachment-based, clinical interviews and participates in exposure therapy sessions for clients struggling with social anxiety. Melissa has cultivated sensitivity in working with families as well as with vulnerable populations, including ethnic minorities and victims of domestic violence. As a clinician, she aims to explore research in areas focusing on stressors specific to these communities in her pursuit to bring evidence-based treatment to practical application. Melissa believes in the importance of having a space to feel safe and supported when dealing with sensitive emotions and thoughts.
Lucas Sohn holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology from Pomona College. His studies have focused on Attachment Theory, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and the intersection between all three. Lucas has experience working in a one-on-one therapeutic setting with adolescents in a group home in both research and clinical capacities. His research experience also includes working with mothers and children in a relationally-focused research intervention that seeks to support and strengthen parent-child relationships. Lucas is in the process of applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology (anticipated Fall 2019), where he will focus on identifying curative factors driving therapeutic change, examining both therapeutic alliance and the client’s emotional experience.