Lab Members

Isaac Adams

Isaac earned his B.S. in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2014. During his senior year, he had the opportunity to partner with NYC’s Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders (ELS) to offer evidence-based, psychological solutions to leading challenges in their curriculum. He spent the five years following his graduation serving in a variety of military officer roles across the U.S. and overseas. His desire to maintain a strong connection to others and contribute to psychology’s expanding body of knowledge led him back to his goal of increasing the literature that can inform the changes people want for themselves—beginning with the Post-Bacc Program. Isaac’s research interests are the emergence of subjective experience and the mind-body problem. He is also interested in studying the mechanisms and benefits associated with “losing one’s self” in mind-body practices such as guided imagery, exercise, meditation, or creative pursuits. Isaac works with Dr. Garfin as a Research Assistant and investigate community-based approaches to alleviating traumatic stress symptoms in vulnerable populations. His goal after completing the program is to obtain his doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience.

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.


Regine Deguzman 

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. Regine was also involved with the Depression Grand Challenge as a STAND (Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression) Peer where she was trained to facilitate online delivered CBT and lead support groups. The culmination of research experiences prompted her interest for pursuing psychology further, especially in the areas of mental health disparities, trauma, and evidence-based treatments in underserved populations. She is incredibly excited to be working as a Research Assistant in REACH lab. 

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.


Grace Harvey

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 excited to be working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Garfin’s lab, and currently hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in the near future.

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