Current Lab Members

Adriana Espinosa

Principal Investigator/ Lab Director
The City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Dr. Espinosa is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology at The City College of New York. She is doctoral faculty within the Health Psychology and Clinical Science training area of the Department of Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research employs life-course and intersectional frameworks to understand disparities in healthcare access, health behaviors and health outcomes among racial/ethnically minoritized populations.

Nishanthi Anthonipillai

she/her/hers | Doctoral Candidate
Clinical Psychology, The City College of New York

Nishanthi is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology, at the City College of New York. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Theater from The College of the Holy Cross, and a master’s degree in General Psychology from City College of New York. She has worked as a Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for the City College of New York, where she created programming to reduce the prevalence and incidence of substance misuse among commuter college students. Her research interests include intersectional identities and mental health outcomes, the interplay between culture and emotion regulation, and how emotional regulation is similar and different among multi-lingual individuals across their languages. 

Zara Khan

she/her/hers | 4th Year Doctoral Student
Health Psychology & Clinical Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Zara received her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Quinnipiac University. She has worked as a research coordinator in the Pulmonary Unit at the Yale School of Medicine, where she examined associations between pro-inflammatory markers and symptoms of anxiety and depression in a cohort with a rare lung disease. Her research interests broadly include women’s sexual health, psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness, and health behavior change.

Wynta Alexander

she/her/hers | 1st Year Doctoral Student
Health Psychology & Clinical Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Wynta obtained her B.A. and M.A in Psychology from the City College of New York. She has worked in the ARHAMP lab for three years where previously she examined the differential impact of adverse childhood experiences on clinical outcomes among racial/ethnic minoritized populations and presently is investigating the relationship between parental practices on adult health outcomes, with sex as a moderator among Black emerging adults. Her research interests include stressors over the life course, intersectionality, and racial/ethnic minority health.  

Lukonde Mulenga

she/her/hers | 1st Year Doctoral Student
Health Psychology & Clinical Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Lukonde Mulenga is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan, receiving her B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience in 2016 and her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education, along with a Graduate Certificate in Global Health, in 2018. Afterwards, Lukonde  joined the Program for Research on Women’s Health and Disability (PROWHD), part of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Michigan Medicine. As a member of PROWHD, she contributed to research on reproductive health, sexual wellness, and disability stigma. In her doctoral studies, Lukonde is interested in studying the sexual attitudes of Black and African women – both in the United States and Zambia – and examining how these attitudes impact current and future sexual health behaviors and relationships.

Rosairi Estevez

she/her/hers | Master’s Student
BA/MA Psychology Research Program

Rosairi is a third year student in the dual bachelors and masters program in Psychology Research at The City College of New York. She currently works as a bilingual counselor at Crisis Text Line. Her research focuses on the impact of immigration and acculturation experiences among Latino student populations, along with their implications for mental health and educational outcomes. Rosairi’s research interests also include the study of sociocultural behaviors and assessing their impact on psychological and physical health literacy in ethnic minority populations.   

Lindsay Lebert

she/her/hers | Master’s Student
BA/MA Psychology Program, The City College of New York

Lindsay is currently studying to earn her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology at The City College of New York. She also works as a Registered Behavior Technician at Manhattan Psychology Group. Her research concerns health behaviors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including preventive health behavior and alcohol consumption. Lindsay’s research examines the role of perceived discrimination, emotional self-efficacy, and trust in leadership.

Sabrina Perrin

she/her/hers | Master’s Student
General Psychology, The City College of New York

Sabrina is a second-year Master’s student and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a second Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2021.  Currently, she works as a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist at a non-profit that specializes in community corrections, substance use treatment, and other recovery support services.  Her research interests revolve around factors affecting substance use engagement outcomes among college students, including: stress, perceived social support, and motives for using substances.

Kimberly Velazquez

she/her/hers | Master’s Student
General Psychology, The City College of New York

Kimberly is a Master’s student in her final year and currently works at Columbia University as a Student Research Program Coordinator. She has worked at the intersections of healthcare and administrative sectors. Her research interests revolve around the in-depth exploration of crucial societal elements, encompassing a sense of community, depression, anxiety, and perceived discrimination. Kimberly is resolute in her mission to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in understanding and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health.

Rodayne Williams

he/him/his | Master’s Student
General Psychology, The City College of New York

Rodayne is a first-year Master’s student and a graduate of Fisk University where he earned his B.A in Biology. As a Research Analyst, Rodayne has worked on studies examining the effect of numerous factors (e.g., sleep quality) on health outcomes in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research interests include addiction and recovery, immigration, and how that impacts health choices and outcomes.

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