Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 12 Gil interns for Spring 2017! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.
Class of 2017
Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Intern
UNC Neurocognition and Imaging Research Laboratory
Samantha is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. She is particularly interested in the biological basis of behavior and using neuroimaging to study differences in the structure and function of the brain as it relates to neurological and psychological disorders. At UNC, Samantha is currently the president of the Neural Connections, a neuroscience outreach group that makes neuroscience accessible to the public and inspires young kids to pursue science. Samantha is also a research assistant for the Social Neuroscience and Health Lab, under Dr. Keely Muscatell, currently conducting research on the activation of the sympathetic nervous system and how it links psychological stress and inflammation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and eventually become a practicing clinical neuropsychologist.
Emily is a senior from Greensboro, NC majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Her interest in Clinical Psychology is centered on the intersection of intimate relationships and individual psychopathology, including couple-based interventions for various disorders. Currently a lab coordinator in Dr. Donald Baucom’s laboratory, Emily is contributing to the research process and learning about innovative teaching methods. Emily is involved in Camp Kesem UNC, a summer camp that supports and serves kids of parents with cancer, and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after graduation so that she can better serve individuals and couples seeking treatment. Emily hopes to contribute to the adaption of couples’ therapy to accommodate couples from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and interpersonal backgrounds.
Christopher is a junior majoring in Psychology from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is interested in how social and health psychology research can inform public health and public policy campaigns, and would eventually like to work in macro-social work. On campus, Christopher is a leader in several advocacy organization and works as a peer educator through One Act, a program designed to educate students in bystander intervention to reduce instances of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. He has worked in both social and perception research laboratories and enjoys playing Quad Rugby in his free time.
Kelly is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish for the Professions. She is interested in clinical psychology and the influence of cultural differences in treatment for mental illnesses. She is also interested in cognitive psychology and studying decision-making and how those decisions are impacted. Kelly plans on attending law school after graduation to apply the skills and knowledge of Psychology to the field of law.
Jessica is a senior Psychology major with minors in Business and Spanish from Cary, NC. She loves to travel and experience other cultures. During her time at UNC, Jessica has spent two summers in Spain studying Spanish and neuroscience. She is the Courses Committee Co-Chair for the APPLES Service Learning Program, which works to engage faculty, students, and the community to enhance academic experiences through public serve. For the past year, Jessica has been working as a research assistant in Dr. Kelly Giovanello’s Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab to explore the neural correlates of cognitive decline among former athletes who suffered from concussions. This experience further developed her fascination with how the brain generates thoughts and how this process changes in various circumstances. After graduating, Jessica plans to spend a year gaining additional research experience before applying to psychology graduate school.
Addie is a senior from coastal North Carolina studying Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is interested in the intersections of clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and gender studies. Working as a One-Act peer educator, Addie facilitates conversations about interpersonal violence and teaches students to be active bystanders. She volunteers as a Research Assistant for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and for the Orange County Domestic Violence Needs Assessment Study. Later in life, Addie hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or social work. When not busy with school, research, or peer education, Addie enjoys playing the ukulele and petting dogs.
Alex is a senior Psychology major and Biology minor. She has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Andrea Hussong’s laboratory studying gratitude development in adolescents and substance use in the college-aged generation. Although interested in various aspects of psychology, Alex is particularly interested in eating disorders, particularly eating disorder recovery, and child development. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Education to become a teacher. Alex currently works as a Resident Advisor and enjoys making an impact on her residents through this platform. She loves intramural sports and attending football games; Alex believes that life and school must always be balanced with fun.
Mahogany is a junior from Los Angeles, California double-majoring in Psychology and African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. After taking an African American Politics course in her first year at Carolina, Mahogany became interested in the intersection of race, gender, class, and mental health. Particularly, Mahogany is interested in race-based psychology for African American women. After working in Dr. Enrique Neblett’s African American Youth Wellness Laboratory, Mahogany has discovered an interest for researching and developing culturally competent forms of therapy for African American women, including within community mental health organizations.
Katie is a senior from Durham, NC majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a Religious Studies minor. She is interested in positive psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology. Specifically, Katie is interested in how positive emotions and social factors are connected to personal well-being. She is currently conducting her honors thesis under Dr. Enrique Neblett, exploring how social support impacts the relationship between racial discrimination and mental health outcomes.
Mary is a junior Psychology and Management and Society double-major with a minor in Public Policy. She was born and raised in Greensboro, NC and spent the last summer and fall semesters working as a research assistant in Dr. Kurt Gray and Dr. Keith Payne’s laboratories, which strengthened her interested in social psychology research. After graduating, Mary hopes to get involved in a career that uses psychological research to improve the education system. Specifically, Mary would like to design interventions based on research to improve student motivation and success after graduation.
Katarina is a senior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. For the past three years, she has been involved with a project studying alcohol-related changes in the proteome of the nucleus accumbens brain region in mice in Dr. Clyde Hodge’s laboratory at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. As an Associated Editor for IMPULSE, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate research, Katarina is able to explore her interest in neuroscience research outside of the scope of her current lab. Katarina is particularly interested in the clinical applications of neuroscience research as she hopes to become a psychiatrist. Her previous internships at an inpatient psychiatry unit in London and a state psychiatry facility in North Carolina has inspired and encouraged her to serve those living with mental health disorders. On campus, Katarina loves connecting with others interested in neuroscience through the Carolina Neuroscience Club as well as those with their own passions in the Phi Sigma Phi National Honor Fraternity.
Lynde is a junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Biology. She is interested in investigating the neurobiological mechanisms that drive behaviors in animals and the translation of information gained from research using animal models to develop treatment protocols applicable to humans. This past summer, Lynde completed a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Dr. Donita Robinson’s laboratory in the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, which was a very rewarding experience and helped her realized her passion for research. After completing her degree at Carolina, Lynde intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience to build a career in teaching and research.