Gil Interns


Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 13 Gil interns for Fall 2019! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.


Bernstein, Briana
Class of 2020
Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Intern
UNC Early Brain Development Program
brianajb@live.unc.edu

Briana is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Medical Anthropology. During her semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen, she researched the effects of different stimuli on rats with brain lesions. Her current research at Duke University through the Bass Connections program explores the effects of yoga and mindfulness on emotion regulation and stress levels of at-risk youth. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience or a related field.


Cook, Carley
Class of 2020
Social Psychology Intern
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
carleyc@live.unc.edu

Carley is a senior from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a double-major in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in English. She is a Research Assistant in the Motivation and Identity Lab under Dr. Beth Kutz-Costes and is currently working on a senior thesis that explores the prevalence of and attitudes toward Adderall on UNC’s campus. Carley is interested in how interpersonal interactions contribute to greater societal and institutional inequalities and how inequalities impact the development and achievement of people throughout their lives. After graduation, Carley wants to work as a teacher for a few years and ultimately go to law school.


Day, Allie
Class of 2020
Developmental Psychology Intern
UNC Mother Infant Research Studies
allieday@live.unc.edu

Allie is a senior from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is interested in intersections of developmental and social psychology, particularly as they pertain to maternal and child health. Her research experience includes work in Dr. Bharathi Zvara’s lab in Gillings School of Global Public Health researching parent-child interactions, specifically as they relate to emotion socialization and attachment. She also works in Dr. Steve Buzinski’s Social Determinants of Learning Lab, studying learning environments and how they interact with facets of social anxiety, social comparison, and goal theory. In her free time, Allie enjoys baking, reading, and being outdoors. After graduation, Allie plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in public health and social work with a concentration in maternal and child health.


Friedman, Joe
Class of 2021
Clinical Psychology Intern
AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness
josebfri@live.unc.edu

Joe is a junior from Pittsboro, North Carolina, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. He currently works in Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz’ Anxiety and Stress Management Lab, where he studies the effect of treatment strategies for spider phobia, as well as variables that contribute to obsessive-compulsive symptoms. He is interested in researching the effectiveness of different therapies in treating anxiety-related disorders, as well as the body and brain’s role in high-stress situations. In his spare time, he enjoys geocaching and caring for his pet chickens.


Kim, Hannah
Class of 2020
Clinical Psychology Intern
UNC Family Medicine
hkim243@live.unc.edu

Hannah is a senior from Ridgefield, Connecticut double majoring in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. She has been a Research Assistant in Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s Mood, Emotions, and Clinical Child Assessment (MECCA) Lab since her freshman year, through which she has been working to promote dissemination and implementation of psychological science with a focus on evidence-based assessments. Hannah also works in Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone’s lab for eating disorders, primarily focusing on a study of implicit weight bias in minority populations and a study of central coherence in individuals recovering from eating disorders. Her passion for service speaks through her contributions as team leader for the non-profit student organization, Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS). After graduation, Hannah is hoping to find a fulfilling career helping underserved populations access quality physical and mental healthcare. She is considering graduate programs in psychology and public health, and will likely adopt a dog to keep her company on this journey.


Liccione, Ava
Class of 2020
Clinical Psychology Intern
Innovation Research & Training
avalicc@live.unc.edu

Ava is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina, double majoring in Psychology and Music. She currently works as a Research Assistant in Dr. Kristen Lindquist’s Carolina Affective Sciences Lab, where she studies the impact of interoceptive sensitivity on emotional and physiological reactivity. Ava is passionate about holistic approaches to mental health and making treatment accessible to underserved communities. She is currently interested in risk factors and treatment for both at-risk youth and addiction. After graduation, Ava hopes to pursue a dual Ph.D. program in Social and Clinical Psychology.


Mirani, Jash
Class of 2021
Cognitive Psychology Intern
UNC Neuro Image Research and Analysis Laboratories
jash001@live.unc.edu

Jash is a junior from Farmington, Connecticut, majoring in Neuroscience and minor in Chemistry and Statistics. Jash has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Mulligan’s Memory lab, which has served in the recent past to investigate the mechanisms of memory retrieval. Cognitive psychology is his passion and Jash attempts to further understand it through further involvement in the field of behavioral neuroscience. In terms of extracurricular activities, he has served on the leadership board for the Asian American Students Association and volunteered at Bristol Hospital in Bristol, CT. Jash hopes to one day attend medical school and potentially go into the field of Neurology or Psychiatry.


Pender, Emily
Class of 2020
Clinical Psychology Intern
Veritas Collaborative
empender@live.unc.edu

Emily is a senior from Western Springs, Illinois, double majoring in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture. At UNC, she previously worked as a research assistant in Dr. Kurt Gray’s Mind Perception and Morality lab, where she worked on studies surrounding how mind perception impacts moral judgement. Emily is specifically interested in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. Additionally, Emily enjoying being a research assistant for Stigma Free Carolina and playing on the UNC Club Women’s Basketball team.


Rosenblatt, Tate
Class of 2021
Developmental Psychology Intern
East Durham Children’s Initiative
tater99@live.unc.edu

Tate is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is double-majoring in Psychology and Political Science and minoring in Spanish for the Legal Professions. Outside of classes, he is a Deputy Attorney General with the UNC Honor System and a coach at the Writing Center. After UNC, Tate plans to attend law school and wants to become an advocate for children in the criminal justice system. As a result, he is especially interested in how poverty, race, access to education, and various other factors impact children’s behavioral, cognitive, and social development, and wants to learn about how the criminal justice system can help kids develop rather than hold them back.


Staresinic, Claire
Class of 2021
Clinical Psychology Intern
Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill
cnstar@live.unc.edu

Claire is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, double-majoring in Psychology and German with a minor in Biology. Over the past two years, she has been a research intern in Dr. Aysenil Belger’s lab. She is particularly interested in ADHD in females and the difference in diagnostic rates between boys and girls. Her ultimate goal is to become a child/adolescent psychiatrist. When she’s not in class or doing research, she serves as the Philanthropy chair of Alpha Epsilon Delta, UNC’s pre-health honor society; works on the Mental Health committee of student government, and enjoys playing the oboe.


Wilson, Desman
Class of 2020
Social Psychology Intern
UNC Center for Health Equity Research
desman@live.unc.edu

Desman is a senior at UNC majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. He is a research assistant in Dr. Kurt Gray’s Mind Perception and Morality lab, where he researches perceptions of discriminatory decisions made by machines. He is also a research assistant in Dr. Keely Muscatell’s Social Neuroscience & Health Lab where he induces physiological changes and collects physiological data for research which examines how physiological stimuli affect social perceptions. Desman is broadly interested in moral psychology, specifically in how people make moral decisions, moral judgement towards autonomous agents, attitude change, political tolerance and understanding, and the psychology of ethics. After graduation, Desman plans to pursue a Ph.D in Social Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing guitar, watching sports, and listening to hip-hop.


Wilson, Lizzie
Class of 2020
Clinical Psychology Intern
Freedom House Recovery Center
eldeane@live.unc.edu

Lizzie is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Lizzie is currently a research assistant in Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s Mood Emotions and Clinical Child Assessment (MECCA) Lab, where she conducts research around child assessment, factors that influence the development and maintenance of mood disorders in children and adolescents, and finding innovative ways to reach currently underserved and vulnerable populations via technology and dissemination. Outside of the lab, she is also the current past-president of Helping Give Away Psychological Science, a club and non-profit based out of UNC that aims to connect the general public and clinicians with high quality psychological research and resources. After graduation, Lizzie plans on going to graduate school for clinical psychology. In her spare time, she plays in the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, mountain bike any chance she gets, and listens incessantly to podcasts.


Wiseman, Talia
Class of 2020
Social Psychology Intern
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
taliagw@live.unc.edu

Talia is a senior from Washington D.C, double-majoring in Psychology and Economics. Talia hopes to combine psychology and economic theory to better understand what factors affect consumer behavior, in order to help individuals improve their financial decisions. Over the past year, she has worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Paschal Sheeran’s laboratory. In the lab, Talia studied individuals’ self-regulation and motivation regarding their health behaviors. Additionally, she will be spending Summer 2019 as an intern on the Better Living & Health Team at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, a research center focused on behavioral sciences and decision making. After graduation, Talia hopes to pursue a career in behavioral science research.