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

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Elizabeth Munoz

Elizabeth Munoz, Ph.D.
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Liz earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. In her research, she applies a lifespan developmental perspective to examine the role of psychosocial stress on cognitive health. She considers psychological, environmental, and biological influences, along with their interactions, and addresses early and later influences on cognitive health. In her most recent work she aims to evaluate racial and ethnic differences in the influence of physical and psychosocial neighborhood environments on cognitive function among aging adults. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family, and overactive Weimaraner, Coby!

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Curriculum Vitae

 

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!

Curriculum Vitae

 

Shandell Pahlen

Shandell Pahlen

Shandell Pahlen is a third-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 the interrelationship between cognitive functioning, smoking behaviors, and personality in late life.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Julia Plank

Julia Plank

Julia is a first-year graduate student in the Biobehavioral Lab under the direction of Dr. Chandra Reynolds. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA(Hons) in Psychology and a minor in German. Julia is interested in studying potentially modifiable midlife factors, such as nutrition and physical activity, that might lead to or prevent cognitive decline in older adults. Outside the lab, Julia enjoys baking, volunteering, and exploring everything that California has to offer!

Curriculum Vitae

LAB MANAGER

Tina Vo

Tina Vo

Tina is the Lab Manager for Dr. Reynold’s Lab. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in pursuing graduate studies in areas regarding memory and cognitive health research. When she is not in lab, she likes to hike, cook with her boyfriend and play with her pet bunny.

LAB RESEARCH ASSISTANT TEAM 2017-18

  • Sagarika Arogyaswamy
  • Bani Brara
  • Christine Dang
  • Kyle Gebelin
  • Mariam Hanna
  • Aditi Mamidi
  • Addison Noel-Preciado
  • Onyeomachi Okoro
  • Ulysses Rivera
  • Helena Sidrak
  • Brandon Swan

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.
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.