Lab Members


Regine Deguzman – Lab Manager 

Regine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Global Health. During her time at UCLA, she was involved in research looking at veteran women’s access to VA mental health services as well as an anxiety and depression screening and treatment study. During her time at REACH lab, she has co-authored posters, given talks, and recently co-authored a manuscript. Regine is interested in mental health disparities, trauma, and evidence-based treatments in underserved populations.



Grace Harvey – Project Coordinator 

Grace graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. While studying for her Bachelor’s degree, she also held the position of co-director of Bruin Consent Coalition, wherein she led advocacy work for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Her research interests include biopsychology and the prevention and treatment of PTSD. Grace is currently a project lead for the PTSD-Mindfulness, wherein she coordinates the bio-salivary sample collection.  She hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in the near future.



Alexandra Amador 

My name is Alexandra Amador, but most people call me Lexi. I am a fourth year undergraduate at UC Irvine majoring in Psychological Sciences. I have been working with Dr. Garfin, as an Undergraduate Research Assistant, on her mindfulness study since the beginning. Most of what I have helped with is the Community Advisory Board and the focus groups, which required me to visit each site and talk with the participants in each group. I will be assisting her when conducting the actual trial in the near future. I am planning on submitting to UROP in hopes to broaden my research and knowledge on this subject.


Lindita Djokovic 

Lindita graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology in 2016. During her time at UCR, Lindita was a Research Assistant in 3 labs which conducted studies varying from child adversity, personality assessment, and children’s emotional and academic adjustment over time. Since graduating from UCR, Lindita was a Clinical Research Coordinator for a dual diagnosis treatment center and volunteered for the city of Corona’s Trauma Intervention Program. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and is excited to broaden her research experience working in the REACH lab. Lindita’s research interests include acculturation, acculturative stress, (minority) mental health, and trauma. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the near future.

Katherine Halas

Katherine graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2019 with a B.A. is Psychology (minoring in Chinese, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies). While at UT, she volunteered with CONTACT Care Line and the National Suicide Prevention Line, and she worked in the Thornton Center tutoring student-athletes. These two opportunities furthered her interest in the intersections between sports, academics, and mental health. Furthermore, taking classes on East Asian religions exposed Katherine to the religious backgrounds of mindfulness, and she is excited to work in Dr. Garfin’s lab studying the potential benefits of mindfulness as a psychological intervention. After UCI, Katherine plans on earning a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. and working as a sports psychologist.


Adrianna Jones

Adrianna earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in 2019. During her undergraduate career, she developed a passion for research through investigating potential therapies for head and neck cancers and Type II diabetes. She also had the opportunity to mentor cohorts of teenagers. This sparked her interest in adolescent mental health and well-being. She is currently a post-baccalaureate student and applying for clinical psychology PhD programs next fall. In the future, she hopes to research the biochemical basis of psychological disorders.



Kelly Zellner

Kelly graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in history. During her time at UCLA, she began volunteering for the Veteran Resource Center. This is what cemented her desire to work with Veterans and their families. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Kelly began working as a Counselor at a Residential Eating Disorder Facility for teenagers. While at UCI, Kelly will be working in Dr. Garfin’s lab studying the potential benefits of mindfulness-based interventions on women in a residential treatment center for drug addiction. After UCI, Kelly would like to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Krista Sadiwa Ruivivar

I am a 4th year Psychological Sciences major who has goals of earning my PhD in Clinical Psychology, eventually becoming a Professor. I’ve always been interested in researching different aspects of Mindfulness and how it relates to things such as emotion and physiological response, especially in marginalized communities. When not in lab, I love to run and go on hikes!




Danielle Groper 

My name is Danielle Groper and I am currently a 2nd-year who is double majoring in Psychological Science and International Studies at UCI. I hope that once I graduate, I would then proceed to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. After obtaining my degree, I plan to mainly do research. I am currently interested in PTSD and how and why different cultures differ in some symptoms of this disorder.




Jessica Osorio

Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from California State University – San Bernardino, where she graduated with Cum Laude. She then went on to complete the UCI Psychological Science Post-Bacc program. Since completing the program, Jessica has been volunteering as a Site Coordinator in Dr. Garfin’s lab.  In March 2020, she got accepted in UCI’s Master’s Entry into the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program (the M.S. in Nursing Science – Community & Population Health concentration), and she will be starting this program in Fall 2020.


Monica Attia 

Monica earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 2014. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019. That same year Monica became a California barred attorney and started practicing in civil litigation. Monica quickly realized that she wanted to counsel clients in more than the law. She is currently a post-baccalaureate student, and plans to ultimately work as a clinical therapist.



Amada Cipres

Amada graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.A. in Psychological science. During her time at UCI, Amada was in the HEART club, where she had the opportunity to tutor and mentor young children at risk of gang induction. Also, Amada has been working as Research Assistant in THRIVE lab in which she is part of attachment-based intervention studies serving the Latino community. Amada is currently a post-baccalaureate student excited to expand her research experience as a Research Assistant in Dr. Garfin’s lab. Her research interests include attachment, trauma, and interventions for underrepresented minorities. Amada aspires to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Maniyah Goodwine

Maniyah S. Goodwine is a recent graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Africana Studies and is in the current cohort of UCI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program. She served as the Vice President of the NAACP chapter at Rutgers and worked to create an equitable, equal, and diverse environment on campus. She also worked as a research assistant on a study that studied the impact of restorative justice practices on students in New York’s public schools. Maniyah’s research interests include race, trauma, the impact of slavery on Black women today, and ways to improve mental health outcomes in communities of color. Upon the completion of the post-bacc program, she aspires to apply to Clinical Psychology doctoral programs to start a career dedicated to research and service.

Nick Arce

 Nick received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. While at CSULA, he was involved in research focusing on learning and cognition, and personality traits and anxiety. Over the last year, he has been volunteering as a Research Assistant at The Health and Human Performance Foundation, a non-profit that studies breath practices for physiological and psychological outcomes. He is very excited to be a part of the REACH lab team and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Health Psychology. Nick has also been a music educator for the last 12 years for various performing arts groups in Northern and Southern California.


Elaine Tannouz

Hi my name is Elaine and I have a B.S. in Architectural Engineering, I’m originally from Syria and during the war in my country I volunteered with the Jesuit Refugee service and was trained to help internally displaced kids, adolescents and women affected by violence through psychosocial support. I conducted group therapy, art & play therapy and co-created aid programs to help the living situation for the refugees. Trying to coop myself with a continuously worsening war situation opened my eyes to the importance of psychological science and community based interventions in easing suffering occurring due to war or natural catastrophes. I’m currently a Post-bacc student in psychological science and hope to continue advance my knowledge and move forward toward higher studies and a career change. I’m interested in biological psychology, Child’s psychological development in war situations, PTSD intervention & prevention, and the effects of built environment on humans’ psychology.

Hanna Nguyen

Hanna graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Psychology. She developed an interest in clinical psychology as an undergraduate student and aims to conduct research on psychopathology and social factors. She has worked as an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism and has volunteered for mental health organizations focused on removing the stigma of and educating others on mental health disorders. With regards to research experience, she has been involved with multiple research labs at UCLA, which has strengthened her passion for psychopathology research, and has presented an independent research project on how parental depression acts as a moderator for parenting behaviors that ultimately affects social functioning and anxiety in children. Hanna is currently in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.

Betsy Serrano

Betsy is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine. She is working on obtaining her B.A in Psychological Sciences. Her research interests include trauma, PTSD, attachment styles, and human sexuality. Betsy has worked in a mental health residential treatment center  and volunteered for MHA – Project Together, where mentoring services are provided for children, youth and families that are receiving mental health treatment through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Children & Youth Services. Betsy’s goal is to become a Clinical Psychologist with an emphasis in human sexuality. She aspires to teach, practice, and research abroad after earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Betsy is very excited to be a part of the REACH lab team!


Rachel Reyes

Rachel graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. After working in the engineering field for a few years, she decided to pursue her avid interest in psychology and mental health. Her current areas of interest include clinical/counseling psychology, social psychology, and mental health care in underserved communities. Over the past year, Rachel has been volunteering as a Crisis Counselor for the Crisis Text Line, in which she utilizes strong active listening skills, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning to assist people with a wide variety of crises. In addition to Dr. Garfin’s lab, Rachel is also working in Dr. Paul Piff’s MESH lab, which studies socioeconomic inequality and prosocial behavior. Rachel is a current post-baccalaureate student, and is excited to deepen her understanding of trauma, resilience, and community-based interventions through her work in REACH lab.


Isaac Adams | United States Military Academy at West Point 2014| UCI Psychological Science Post-Bacc Program Research Assistant 2019-2020