About Us

DIRECTOR

Chandra A. Reynolds

Chandra A. Reynolds
(chandra.reynolds@ucr.edu)

[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.

Curriculum Vitae

VISITING POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Ida Karlsson

Ida Karlsson is a visiting scholar under the Fulbright program, working with Professor Reynolds during the fall of 2019 and early spring 2020. She earned her PhD in 2017 from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at Jönköping University, Sweden. Ida’s main research interest is the genetic and epigenetic epidemiology of complex diseases, mainly focusing on aging-related outcomes. Her recent work focuses on understanding how and when overweight influences the risk of dementia and cognitive decline in late-life, by applying genetic methods to longitudinal data. Ida currently spends her spare time exploring Southern California together with her friend and two children.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dianna Phillips

Dianna Phillips, B.S., B.A., M.A.
(dianna.phillips@email.ucr.edu)

Dianna is a sixth-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 using phenotypic, behavior genetic, and epigenetic approaches to investigate associations between features of loneliness (level, duration, and trajectory shape) and cognitive performance and change in adults and to explore whether DNA methylation at particular sites may serve as an epigenetic mechanism of these relations.

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Brittany (Paige) Trubenstein, M.A.

Paige is a fourth-year graduate student working toward her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at UCR under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with dual minors in English and Criminal Justice at Angelo State University graduating magna cum laude. Additionally, she holds a professional certification in Geographic Information Systems from the University of California Riverside Extension. Paige earned her M.A. in 2015  in Developmental Psychology at University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include investigating the interplay across multiple domains of activity engagement across the lifespan and how engagement relates cognitive stability in older adults. She also uses Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis to evaluate cognitive disparities and differences across rural and urban residing individuals as well as environmental factors affect cognitive stability and change across the lifespan.

When Paige is not in the lab, she enjoys making natural & organic soaps and other beauty products, gardening, cooking and playing with her two children!

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Shandell Pahlen

Shandell Pahlen

Shandell Pahlen is a fourth-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 manager 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 with her research focused on examining GxE mechanisms between smoking behaviors and the developmental trajectories of cognition across the lifespan.

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Tina Vo

Tina is a first-year graduate student in the Biobehavioral Research Lab under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a lab manager and staff research assistant for the Biobehavioral Research Lab. Tina is interested in examining sleep quality associations to cognition and differential effects due to age, health, and SES.  She is continuing her work with the consortium on the Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS).

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Chloe Myers

Chloe Myers

Chloe Myers is a first-year graduate student in the Biobehavioral Lab under direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. She is interested in studying genetic and environmental factors influencing cognition across the lifespan. Outside of the lab she enjoys going to the gym, creating digital art, gardening and exploring with her two dogs.

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LAB MANAGER

Faredun Dungore

Faredun Dungore

Faredun (Fred) is the Lab Manager for Dr. Reynold’s Lab. He is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at the University of California Riverside. He is interested in pursuing the medical field and ultimately becoming a Neurosurgeon. When he is not in lab, he likes to travel, listen to music, and volunteer at the nearby Hospital and the animal shelter.

LAB RESEARCH ASSISTANT TEAM 2019-2020

  • Rehman Azeem
  • Juliana Lin
  • Lauren Tran
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Matt Radican
  • Maria Luna
  • Erika Houston
  • Kyle Gebelin
  • Bethlehem Yohannes

LAB ALUMNI

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.
Brittany L. Bannon, Ph.D.
Brittany completed her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at UCR in June 2017 under chair Dr. Chandra A. Reynolds. During her tenure in the program, she was co-advised by Dr. M. Robin DiMatteo, Emeritus, and Dr. Kate Sweeny. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah, Department of Population Health Sciences.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Munoz, Ph.D.
Liz was a NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellow recipient in the BBR lab and is now is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at UT Austin. Dr Munoz considers psychological, environmental, and biological influences, along with their interactions, and addresses early and later influences on cognitive health. In particular, she considers social/contextual and psychological sources of stress on cognitive health.
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.
Lauren Whitehurst, PhD
Lauren completed her PhD at UCR in August 2018 under co-chairs Sara Mednick and Chandra Reynolds. Lauren’s research interests entail developing both a conceptual and practical understanding of how the body and the brain interact to produce regulatory effects on sleep-related health outcomes and how physiological biomarkers can be harnessed to understand typical functioning and disease states. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology and Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.
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.  Catalina was a postdoctoral scholar at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and is now a Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate, University of Southern California Department of Psychology.