Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 12 Gil interns for Spring 2022! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.
Alyssa is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina and she is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Classical Humanities, focusing on Ancient Greece. She shadowed head psychiatrist of the Emergency Psychiatric Department, Dr. Angela Strain, at UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital her freshman year. Her time shadowing Dr. Strain gave her a deeper insight into how patients are evaluated and a better understanding of various psychopathologies. Her junior year, she conducted a conceptual replication study of the Pennycooke and Rand (2019) study on fake news susceptibility in relation to analytical thinking. At the same time, she conducted a separate research study with Dr. Buzinski in social psychology on the effects that mental contrasting techniques and social anxiety have on perceived effectiveness of instructional techniques and active learning discomfort. She is interested in learning how to treat adolescents suffering from mood, personality, and eating disorders, as well as the influence that trauma has on a person’s personality. She hopes to attend graduate school and continue her education further to become a clinical psychologist. In her free time, she enjoys teaching Greek dance, reading, cooking with her yiayia, and spending time with her family.
Class of 2023
Clinical Psychology Intern
UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED)
Alexis Dumain is a junior from Hillsborough, North Carolina. She is majoring in psychology and English & comparative literature, with a concentration in creative nonfiction writing. Currently, Alexis is a research assistant in Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone’s Eating Disorders and Body Image Lab and recently completed an independent study investigating the role of interoceptive deficits in anorexia nervosa. Clinically, Alexis is interested in research that emphasizes the role of the body and autonomic processes in the progression of eating disorders, along with how this knowledge can be integrated into comprehensive interventions. Before beginning her studies at UNC, Alexis took part in the Global Gap Year Fellowship housed in the Campus Y. As part of the fellowship, she completed a mix of volunteer work and travel in Peru, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and France. Through her travels, Alexis developed an appreciation for the myriad sociocultural factors that influence behavior and interpersonal interactions. This perspective informs her interests in psychology: investigating the intersections of somatic and developmental progressions of various mental disorders, particularly eating disorders.
Class of 2023
Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Intern
UNC Neurocognition and Imaging Research Lab (NIRL)
Sree Gogineni is a junior from Edison, New Jersey. She is currently majoring in neuroscience with minors in medical anthropology and chemistry. Sree is particularly interested in the functions of the human brain and how it affects the lives of individuals, both healthy and those with chronic illnesses. She is currently a research assistant at the Carolina Affective Science Lab (CASL) where she analyzes how people experience emotion in connection with their bodies and the neurophysiology contributing to these emotional experiences. During her time off school, Sree spends most of her time at West Virginia University, where she engages in neuro-oncology research investigating crucial signaling pathways related to meningiomas and gliomas. Aside from neuropsychology research, Sree has special interests in Bollywood dancing and volunteering in non-profit organizations such as Healthy Hands Initiative, UNICEF, and Healing in Motion. In the future, she hopes to combine her interests of service and neuroscience within the medical field and serve as a physician in medically underserved areas.
Class of 2024
Clinical Psychology Intern
UNC Department of Psychology & Neuroscience Community Clinic
Jessica is an international student from Nigeria majoring in psychology with a minor in French. Since the spring semester of her freshman year, she has been a research assistant in Dr. Lindquist’s Affective Science Lab and Dr. Fredrickson’s Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab. After graduation, Jessica plans on going to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and ultimately becoming licensed to practice as a clinical psychologist. Having seen how stigmatized mental health is in Nigeria and other parts of the world, she plans on helping spread awareness and destigmatizing taking care of one’s mental health and going to therapy. A fun fact about Jessica is that the United States is the fourth country she has lived in – the other 3 are Nigeria, France, and England. She also speaks three languages (English, French, and Igbo – a Nigerian language). Her hobbies include listening to music, watching Disney movies, and traveling.
Alice Novinte is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in psychology. She is a research assistant for the Social Neuroscience & Health Lab, led by Dr. Keely Muscatell. Currently, she assists with a project analyzing the association between racism-related stress and immune system functioning in Black adults. Alice is also a McNair Scholar, and over the summer she completed an independent research project on the role of indirect exposure to police violence in Black adolescent suicide risk and behavior. Additionally, she serves as a Peer Mentoring Program assistant in the Center for Student Success and as a beauty editor and makeup artist for Coulture Magazine. Alice’s main research interests are racism-related stress and the effects of discrimination on those with multiple marginalized identities, such as LGBTQ POC. She hopes to attend graduate school for counseling psychology or clinical mental health counseling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, doing creative makeup, cooking, and singing.
Jasmine is a senior from Shelby, North Carolina majoring in psychology and minoring in cognitive science. Since the spring of 2019, Jasmine has been a research assistant in the Penn Lab led by Dr. David Penn. During her time in the Penn Lab, she has worked on many projects examining racial disparities in schizophrenia. Additionally, Jasmine is a member of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. During her internship with the McNair Scholars Program, Jasmine completed a research project examining race-related factors (i.e. perceived racism, cultural mistrust, etc.) that may influence how cognitive assessments are completed by Black women. Lastly, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Shauna Cooper in the Strengths, Assets, and Resilience (STAR) lab in the spring of 2021. During her time with the STAR lab, she worked with a team of research assistants to create informative materials for the Durham Women’s Commission. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jasmine has spent much of her time exploring the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and psychopathology. In the future, Jasmine plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her primary research interests are race-related stress and culturally informed treatments. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, watching reality TV shows, and spending time outdoors.
Jennifer Persia is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience and modern Hebrew. She loves the psychology program here at UNC and all the exciting courses she has been able to take so far. She is interested in becoming licensed as a therapist for children and adolescents. Jennifer is currently involved as a research assistant at the Abramowitz Anxiety Lab, working on the Mom2Be study on perinatal OCD. On weekends, she teaches Hebrew language and Jewish studies to 1st graders at Kehillah Religious School in Chapel Hill. Jennifer is also a head counselor and specialist at Camp Shelanu in Durham. She especially loves working there because it is part of the National Inclusion Project. Many of her campers have special needs and sometimes require a little extra attention and nurturing. Jennifer is so excited to be working as a Gil intern this spring semester. She looks forward to learning and growing through this new adventure!
Courtney Pfister is a senior at UNC pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience as well as a B.A. in Asian Studies with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. She has always been fascinated by the relationship between brain structure and behavior, and specifically how abnormalities in brain anatomy translate to neurodevelopmental disorders and psychopathology. Since spring of her freshman year, she has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Gabriel Dichter’s Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab, where she has obtained insight into classifying and treating anhedonia based on behavioral reporting measures. In the lab, she has also received training on analyzing neuroimaging scans of subcortical brain regions. After graduating, she plans on attending medical school and hopefully entering the field of neurology. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Class of 2023
Developmental Psychology Intern
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)
Tien is a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, double majoring in chemistry and neuroscience and minoring in biology. He is a research assistant under Dr. Colin Wallace, analyzing exam data from introductory physics classes (PHYS 115/119) to determine common errors that students experience with RC circuits. Tien has worked as an Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 241) peer mentor for 4 semesters, and in this position, has developed new practice problems, including 3 practice exams. In the spring, he will also be working as a laboratory teaching assistant. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school and to incorporate teaching into his future career as a physician. In his free time, Tien enjoys staying updated on current political news and eating lots and lots of sushi.
Maria is a senior from Clarksburg, Maryland who will graduate in May with a B.S. degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She began working as a research assistant in Sara Algoe’s Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships (EASIR) Lab in the summer of 2021, coding text responses for expressions of gratitude between romantic couples. She continued working in the EASIR Lab throughout the fall semester of her senior year, studying how first year students at UNC form and maintain relationships. Additionally, she took part in a coding project studying video-recorded dyadic interactions for responsiveness in romantic couples. In the spring she will begin working as a Gil intern in the Mother Infant Biobehavioral Laboratory led by Dr. Karen Grewen, where she will study various facets of mother-infant relationships using psychophysiological research methods. After graduating in May 2022, she plans to work in a research lab studying romantic relationships before obtaining a PhD in social psychology and eventually pursuing a career in academia. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, going to the movies, and cooking meals with her roommates.
Ben Rees is a senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry and applied sciences & engineering. He is currently a research assistant in Dr. Mark Zylka’s lab studying the foundations for deviations in neurological development in neurofibromatosis type-1. Previously, Ben worked at the Yadav Lab at Indiana University implementing minimally invasive neural engineering technologies to help develop novel therapeutic interventions for Parkinson’s disease. For the past couple years, he has also worked as a direct support professional for adults with autism spectrum disorders through the Arc of the Triangle. After graduation, Ben hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, running, and playing for UNC’s ice hockey team.
Caroline Vincent is a fourth year at UNC majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience. She quickly began volunteering with Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) and became passionate about evidence-based practice and dissemination including finding new and sustainable ways to reach underserved populations. She continued to learn and research in these areas and applied them to populations with mood and psychotic-related disorders as a research assistant in the MECCA and Penn labs. This past summer Caroline interned with the NSF REU program to learn about the impact of trauma and PTSD among other comorbid disorders in military and veteran populations. Caroline was recently accepted into the Honors Psychology program and will complete an honors thesis evaluating the validity and reliability of a mania measure. Her research interests include assessment and intervention development for adolescents and young adults with mood and psychosis-related disorders. After graduation, she plans to work in clinical research for 2 years then apply to a clinical psychology Ph.D. program in order to become a clinical psychologist. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fitness, sustainability, and the outdoors.