Our Team

Lab photo Fall 2022

Graduate Students

Tori Peña

Tori Peña is a fifth year Cognitive Science student. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Biological Anthropology from Binghamton University in 2018. Her current research focuses on understanding the nuances of the effects of retrieval disruption on recall.

Garrett Greeley

Garrett Greeley is a fourth year Cognitive Science student. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University in 2018. He is interested in researching the ways in which memory influences decision making and problem solving in collaborative contexts.

Daisy Alejandra Estrada

Alejandra Estrada is a third year doctoral student in the Cognitive Science program. She has received her B.A. in Psychology and History from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. Her current research focuses on culture and collective memory.

Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen is a master student in the Psychology Master’s program. She received her B.S. in Health Science and Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2021. She is interested in studying false memory.

Research Assistants

Arozo Azimi

Arozo is a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology. An avid lover of the outdoors, she can be found most days tending to her garden or hiking. When she’s not outside, she spends her free time writing poetry and reading.

Ming Deng

Ming is a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology. She likes to play badminton and watch movies. She also enjoys reading during her free time.

Matthew Miller

Matthew is a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology. He enjoys sports. His favorite teams are the New York Jets and the New York Knicks. He enjoys going on walks with his dog, Genie, as well.

Priyanka Mukherjee

Priyanka is a sophomore at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology and Biology. Some of her interests include singing, painting, biking, and listening to music.

Julia Rinaldi

Julia is a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology. Some of her interests include reading, listening to music, and drawing.

Rachel Truskinovsky

Rachel is a junior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. She likes to bake, cook, and hike in her free time.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisees

Lab Graduate Alumni

International Visiting Doctoral Scholars

  • Guido D’Angelo (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Celia Harris (Macquarie University, Australia)

Former NSF/REU Students



  • Vanessa Chan
  • Sara Samad 
  • Christina Chan
  • Melissa Chen
  • Mili Shah
  • Annesta Batuwangala
  • Yvonne Chanda
  • Jenny Chen
  • Ivy Wu

NSF-Funded SUNY AGEP Summer Research Institute for Underrepresented Students

  • Alysia Forster

NIMH/MARC (Minority Access to Research Career) Undergraduate Fellow

  • Monica Jefferson