Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 12 Gil interns for Spring 2021! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.
Class of 2021
Clinical Psychology Intern
Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Pain Prevention and Treatment Lab
Abby is a senior from Summerfield, North Carolina majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. She works as a research assistant in Dr. Don Baucom’s Couples Lab, where she studies remote and in-person communication topics in long-distanced and geographically close distanced relationships. She is interested in a variety of couples-related research topics, including the role of social media in romantic partnerships and insecurities as a of relationship satisfaction. After graduation, she intends to pursue additional research experience in order to eventually attend graduate school for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In her free time, Abby enjoys reading fantasy books and sewing with a machine she does not know how to use.
Class of 2021
Clinical Psychology Intern
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Lang is a senior from Greenville, North Carolina majoring in Psychology. She is currently a research assistant in Dr. Eva Telzer’s Developmental Neuroscience Lab, which studies the impact of social influences on neurobiological development during adolescence. She is also a research assistant for UNC Trauma and Recovery’s app-based study Heroes Health, a study seeking to provide healthcare workers with mental health resources and institutional support during COVID-19. Lang is interested in studying Asian adolescent development, advocating for mental health resources within Asian families, and engaging in the democratization of psychological studies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on scenic walks, and anything art- and crafts-related.
Amisha is a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Biology and Chemistry. She has worked in the Dr. Don Lysle’s Lysle Lab which studies the neural circuitry and cellular mechanisms mediating alterations in immune system responses and associative learning induced by opioids. She is interested in neurodegenerative diseases and their effects on neuroplasticity. After graduation, Amisha plans to attend medical school. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, and reading.
Megan Hineline is a first-generation, fourth-year Psychology major, Computer Science minor. She’s currently in two Psychology and Neuroscience faculty member’s laboratories – including Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s Peer Relations Lab and Dr. Deborah Jones’ Jones Lab. The Peer Relations Lab is involved in the study of peer relationships and adjustment across development and in understanding how peer relationships might contribute to psychological distress. The Jones Lab studies novel strategies for engaging at-risk and underserved families in evidence-based intervention, as well as understanding the underlying mechanisms that predict treatment process and outcome. She is completing an honor’s thesis under Dr. Jones’ supervision this semester on the effect of co-parenting on treatment outcomes and is one of the 2021 Reznick scholars. In her free time, Megan likes to dress up her dog, go to the gym, and cook. In the future, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Kristen is a senior from Pleasant Garden, North Carolina majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Spanish for the Health Professions. Over the past year, she has served as a Research Assistant in Dr. Dorothy Espelage’s Research Addressing Violence in Education (RAVE) Lab, and has contributed to several projects that emphasize prevention and intervention for peer violence. Most specifically, she is interested in sexual assault and interpersonal violence prevention, and research that contributes to the development of trauma-informed communities prepared to support survivors of gender-based violence. This past summer, she completed an independent research project on Teen Dating Violence (TDV) through the McNair Scholars Program, under the mentorship of Dr. Espelage. Currently, Dr. Espelage is continuing to support her as a Student Principal Investigator in a second independent project. The aim of this research is to understand how misperceptions of consent, gender equality, and sexual assault contribute to the “second assault” that survivors experience when they disclose their traumas to others and are met with invalidating and/or victim-blaming responses. This will inform the particular aspects of understanding that can be transformed to create a more trauma-informed campus at UNC, and the understanding these questions are what most significantly motivates Kristen’s future work as a clinical psychologist.
Cassidy is a senior from Columbus, Ohio majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Brian Pietrosimone’s Motion Analysis Lab studying neuromuscular recovery and musculoskeletal disability following anterior cruciate ligament injury. Cassidy is most interested in the cross-sectional nature between physical and mental health, with particular focus on the impacts of long-term injury and addiction on behavior and well-being. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in neurology, pediatrics, or sports medicine. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys playing field hockey on the UNC club team, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
Justin King is a senior from Cary, North Carolina, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish for the Health Professions. For the past two years, he has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Todd Thiele’s Thiele Lab as part of the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience program at UNC. In this position, he investigated the role that neuropeptides such as CRF can play in modulating anxiety and depression in mouse models of binge drinking. For future research, Justin is interested in studying the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on performance and cognition among athletes and members of the military. He hopes to find a research opportunity in this area following graduation in the spring. In his free time, Justin enjoys playing Spikeball, rock climbing, and visiting national parks.
Class of 2021
Social Psychology Intern
NC Department of Public Safety in the Behavioral Health Services
Lucy is a senior from Durham, North Carolina majoring in Psychology and English. Since her sophomore year, she has been working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Eva Telzer’s Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab (DSN Lab), where she has been able to aid in longitudinally studying adolescent social neural development. She has been lucky to complete two independent research projects through the DSN Lab. This past summer, Lucy also had the opportunity to work with Compass Center for Women and Families as the summer intern for their Mental Health Access Program, which provides free therapy to survivors of domestic violence. In the future, she hopes to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology studying social relationships, with a focus on intimate relationships.
Peyton is a Junior from Huntersville, North Carolina and is majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Spanish for the Professions and Health and Society. She is currently a Research Assistant in Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz’s Anxiety and Stress Lab, where she studies the course and predictors of post-partum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and emotion regulation. Peyton is interested in researching how the experiences of stressful and traumatic events manifest in adolescence among at-risk populations, such as the LGBTQIA+ population. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Outside of the classroom, Peyton serves as a gender-based violence prevention advocate for her sorority, works at a local Asian restaurant, and practices self-care.
Thalia is a Senior from Miami, Florida and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Upon transferring to UNC, she has gained research experience as a Research Assistant in Dr. Margaret Sheridan’s CIRCLE Lab and Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz’s Anxiety and Stress Lab. In these labs, she has worked in projects related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, and other related disorders as well as other projects focusing on children neurodevelopment, fear, and brain imaging. Last semester, Thalia was accepted as a Robinson Fellow; in Summer 2021, she will conduct independent research on the history of Psychiatry in England. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and cooking as well as reading articles and books about modern psychology.
Maulik is a Senior from Charlotte, North Carolina double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. During his undergraduate career, he has been a Research Assistant in two labs. In Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Lab, Maulik studies the occurrence of positive resonance within romantic couples, a concept created by Dr. Fredrickson that the PEP Lab is developing into a measurable variable to quantify the emotion of love. In Dr. Charlotte Boettiger’s CAB Lab, under the guidance of Dr. Amanda Elton, he helped with a study on the development of alcoholism in college-aged youth via neuroimaging. These labs and research experience express Maulik’s interest in both neuroscience and psychology. He has also taken a class on the Neuroscience of Aging with Dr. Kelly Giovanello, which sparked his interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. After graduation, Maulik plans to work in neuroscience research, specifically psychopharmacology, and later, plans to attend dental or law school.
Justin is a senior from Apex, North Carolina double majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies with a minor in Neuroscience. For the past two years, he has served as a Research Assistant in the Carolina Affective Science (CASL Lab) under Dr. Kristen Lindquist and the Biobehavioral Research on Addiction and Emotion (BRANE Lab) under Dr. Stacey Daughters. In his work at the CASL Lab, Justin studies emotions and emotion regulation as he is writing a theoretical review paper and conducting an experimental study for his Senior Honors Thesis project. In his work at the BRANE Lab, Justin handles data procedures on studies related to the behavioral and neural effects of behavioral activation therapy for substance users. After graduating, he plans to pursue a graduate education in psychology and neuroscience. In his spare time, Justin enjoys the triathlon sports as well as golfing, cooking, kayaking, and more.