Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 12 Gil interns for Spring 2019! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.
Emily is a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, double-majoring in Psychology and Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Polish. Over the past year, Emily has worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone’s laboratory. In the lab, she is studying central coherence in people with anorexia nervosa and implicit weight bias among diverse populations. She also works as a pediatric nursing aide to her four-year-old niece. After graduation, Emily plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and hopes to work with inpatient populations for some time after completing graduate school. She dreams of eventually opening a private practice to help adolescents through an array of issues, chiefly eating disorders, suicidality, and grief.
Rachel is a senior from Cary, North Carolina with a double-major in Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science. She is currently a Research Assistant in Dr. Sara Algoe’s Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships (EASIR) Laboratory, where she studies interpersonal processes in application to health as well as various components of affectionate touch. Rachel hopes to transform psychology theory and research into improved health outcomes for individuals, particularly children, by understanding barriers to adherence of health promotion behaviors. Following graduation, Rachel plans to join a multidisciplinary research team developing effective interventions for health and wellness, with a focus on promoting physical activity in youth.
Kendall is a senior from Derwood, Maryland, majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is specifically interested in what factors make individuals more vulnerable to addiction and how addiction can result in changes in the brain structure and activity. She is currently working with Dr. Montserrat Navarro in the Thiele Laboratory to study the effects of different drug combinations on binge-like ethanol consumption in an animal model. She also enjoys pursuing her love of music as a member of the Marching Tar Heels and being involved in Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. After graduating, Kendall hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience research or healthcare.
Matt is a senior from Sarasota, Florida and is double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. At UNC, he has worked in the Dr. Flavio Frohlich’s laboratory, where he studied the effects of geomagnetic and solar activity on the human autonomic nervous system as well as the use of transcranial alternating current stimulation as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Additionally, Matt has served as the Co-President of the Carolina Neuroscience Club and the Associate Editor for IMPULSE, an undergraduate neuroscience journal. In the future, he plans to combine his interests in psychology and neuroscience to study the neural foundations and consequences of mental disorders, possibly in a clinical psychology or integrative neuroscience graduate program. Outside of academia, Matt enjoys watching and playing basketball, working out, watching movies, and staying up-to-date on the world’s current events.
Maddy is a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina, double-majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Health and Society. She is in her second-year as an undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone’s Eating Disorders Laboratory, which investigates possible implicit weight bias among minority women. Maddy also volunteers at an elementary school working with English as a Second Language (ESL) students and collaborating with ESL teachers. Through her research and volunteer experiences, she has become interested in research about development in childhood and adolescence. Maddy plans to attend graduate school to become a school counselor.
Emily is a junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Business Administration and Studio Art. She was born in Cary, North Carolina, and has lived there her entire life. Her aspirations after UNC include joining the consulting field and then eventually moving into the non-profit world. Her interests in psychology involve the emotional and psychological effects that result from living in poverty and experiencing other serious hardships. Emily would like to gain a better understanding of the challenges this population faces as well as how to help. She plans to use this knowledge and experience in the future at non-profit and social justice organizations.
Natalie is a junior studying Psychology and Computer Science and is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about social and developmental psychology and its applications to technology. She is in her third-year as a Research Assistant in the Carolina Affective Science Lab and she works as a Teaching Assistant in the UNC Department of Computer Science. In her spare time, Natalie volunteers in art classes in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and teaches introductory programming skills to middle school and high school girls. She loves reading books, visiting national parks, and, most importantly, eating carrot cake.
Kelsey is a junior from Marshall, North Carolina, double-majoring Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Southern Studies. Regarding research, she is primarily interested in mood disorders in adolescents with a focus in social context and evidence-based treatment. In addition, Kelsey is interested in mental healthcare of rural and undeserved populations. She currently works as a Research Assistant in Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s Peer Relations Lab, studying how peer influence and interpersonal relations relate to factors such as risk-taking behavior and suicidality. After graduation, Kelsey hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Dan is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. He currently works in Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s laboratory, which studies peer relations across adolescence and how social experiences between peers might contribute to psychological distress. He is interested in studying the byplay between everyday social interactions and their contributions to mental and physical health, as well as available treatments for psychological and physiological ailments. For the past year, Dan has volunteered at the Refugee Health Initiative, which seeks to provide health education services to refugee families in the Triangle area.
Alex is a senior from Huntersville, North Carolina, majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. She recently completed a senior thesis on research completed in Dr. Bryan Roth’s laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology on the signaling bias of psychoactive and non-psychoactive ligands at serotonin receptors. Alex is interested in better understanding the pathophysiology and pharmacology of psychiatric disorders and applying this research to clinical studies in order to develop effective pharmacotherapies. She serves as an ambassador for the Department of Biology and the Office of Undergraduate Research in addition to working on mental health-related policy with the Mental Health Task Force houses within UNC’s Executive Branch of Student Government. After graduation, Alex plans to spend a year doing research before pursuing a graduate or professional degree in psychopharmacology or psychiatry.
Haley is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina, double-majoring in Psychology and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. She is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Couples Laboratory, helping with a research project that examines emotion regulation of couples by proxy of voice stress to detect and treat interpersonal violence. Haley is specifically interested in dyadic relationships and how people interact with one another and her work in the Couples Lab has helped her explore these interests. After graduation, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Emily is a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently a Research Assistant in the Penn Lab, which researches social cognition and psychosocial treatment for schizophrenia. Emily is personally interested in studying how societal inequalities and individuals’ social environments influence psychological functioning and well-being. She is also interested in developing more equitable and inclusive measurements and treatment methods. After graduating, Emily plans to dual enroll in a Ph.D. program for Social and Clinical Psychology.