About Us


Chandra A. Reynolds

[Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1994]

Dr. Reynolds is currently Professor of Psychology at UCR. Her research interests center around the interrelationships between health and cognition across development. She directs projects that consider the genetic and environmental etiologies of cognitive aging, including gene pathways and their possible interaction with environmental factors. Additional projects include examinations of early life factors and contexts that influence cognitive, physical health and well-being profiles into early adulthood and across the lifespan.

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Elizabeth Munoz, Ph.D.

Liz received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are focused on examining the association between stress and cognitive function during midlife and old age, while implementing methodological approaches sensitive to the detection of cognitive change across multiple timescales. She is additionally interested in identifying psychological and biological mechanisms of the stress-cognitive function link. In the Biobehavioral Research lab at UCR, she aims to examine genetic and environmental predictors of individual differences in stress and cognitive function across adulthood.

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Brittany L. Bannon, M.A.

Brittany is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Social/Personality and Health Psychology program at UCR, advised by Drs. Chandra A. Reynolds and M. Robin DiMatteo. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, where she also minored in Child Development. Broadly, she is interested in the social and emotional processes that underlie people’s responses to bodily symptoms, or illness behaviors, across the lifespan; the role of risk perceptions in decision-making; and social determinants of risky health behaviors. Her Master’s thesis examined individual difference factors and family transmission on early adulthood illness behavior patterns. Her dissertation will examine psychosocial predictors of outpatient service utilization trajectories among older adults, evaluating gender differences, continuity of care, and functional outcomes. She has also conducted research on perceived disease risk and genetic test uptake decisions; the overall efficacy of adolescent adherence interventions; and alcohol-related self-identity as a determinant of college students’ risky drinking behaviors.

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Dianna Phillips, B.S., B.A.

Dianna is a second year graduate student working toward her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at UCR under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from UCR and worked on the Human Genome Project at Caltech before earning her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, graduating summa cum laude. Her research interests include the relationships between psychological factors and physical and cognitive health in midlife and old age. She is currently investigating potential mediators/moderators of the relationship between perceived loneliness and cognitive change including potential gene-environment interplay using longitudinal twin data from the consortium on Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS).

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Brittany (Paige) Trubenstein, B.S.

Paige is a first year graduate student working toward her PhD in Developmental Psychology at UCR under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and dual minored in English and Criminal Justice at Angelo State University graduating magna cum laude.  Her research interests include activity engagement in relation to cognitive stability.  She is also interested in environmental factors effecting healthy cognitive aging.

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Shandell Pahlen, B.S.

Shandell Pahlen is a first year graduate student under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a lab manger and research assistant for the Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) and then later the Minnesota Twin study of Adult Development and Aging (MTSADA) for the consortium on the Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS). She is continuing her work started in Minnesota and remains involved with IGEMS and MTR with her research focusing on examining the relationship between cognitive functioning and personality (both normative and pathological) on health outcomes and mortality in late life.

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Nhu (Lily) Trinh

Omar Staben


Katherine Duggan, Ph.D.
Kat completed her PhD in Psychology at UCR in June 2016, under chair Howard Friedman with Chandra Reynolds and Sara Mednick serving as committee members. Her research focuses on personality and sleep trajectories in childhood and adolescence, as well as the mediators of the sleep-health relationship throughout the lifespan. She is now Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh.
Cleo Burce
Cleo served as a research associate on the IGEMS project in our lab, including data management, analysis, and documentation. Best wishes to Cleo now in the CSU San Diego master’s program in psychology!
Catalina Zavala, Ph.D.
Catalina completed her PhD in Psychology at UCR in August 2014, and served as a postdoctoral scholar in the lab until November 2014. Her research topics included genetic and environmental factors that impact cognitive development across the life span, particularly the predictive value of socioeconomic status measures, including subjective measures, on cognitive change.  She is currently serving as a postdoctoral scholar at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Briana N. Horwitz, Ph.D.
Briana was a NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellow recipient, spending time at Penn State and UC Riverside 2011-2013. Her expertise lies in family processes and well-being outcomes in childhood and adulthood. Dr. Horwitz is now a faculty member at CSU Fullerton.
Loryana Vie, Ph.D.
Loryana completed her PhD in Psychology at UCR in December 2012. Her research interests included studying the relationships between marriage, personality, health and longevity using data from the 8-decade long Terman Life Cycle Study. For her dissertation, she considered predictors and outcomes of social influences on health behaviors in a sample of college students. Dr. Vie is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Research Facilitation Team, Army Analytics Group in Monterey, CA.
Jennifer Koontz, Ph.D.
Jennifer completed her PhD in Psychology at UCR in September 2010. Her research topics included the prediction of dementia subtypes via cognitive and vascular risk trajectories. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCI Mind Research Unit following the completion of her PhD.
Archana B. Balasubramanian, Ph.D.
Archana completed her PhD in Psychology at UCR in June 2010. Her research topics included the contributions of stress and inflammation on cognitive change. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCI Mind Research Unit following the completion of her PhD, and is now a Research Associate at UCSD in the Neuroscience department.