Our Team

lab photo spring 2022

Graduate Students

Tori Peña

Tori Peña is a fourth 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 third 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 second 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.

Lab Coordinator

Melissa Chen

Melissa recently graduated from SBU in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Psychology. Her hobbies include playing guitar and traveling. 

Research Assistants

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa is currently a senior at Stony Brook. Vanessa is conducting her Honors College Senior Thesis in our laboratory. She is a biology major on the pre-health track with a minor in Health and Wellness. Her hobbies include reading, photography, and traveling.

Lobsang Dolma

Lobsang is currently a senior at SBU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Writing and Rhetoric on the pre-vet track. Her hobbies including reading, painting, hiking, and meditating.

Jiajun Li

Jiajun is currently a senior at SBU and is majoring in Psychology and Business. Some of his hobbies include biking, hiking, music, and soccer. Jianjun is particularly Interested in studying memory and social psychology.

Matthew Miller

Matthew is a junior at SBU 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.

Sara Samad

Sara is a senior at SBU and is currently majoring in Psychology for a B.S. degree. Sara’s hobbies include watching movies in Bryant Park on Thursdays in the summer.

Rachel Truskinovsky

Rachel is a sophomore 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

  • 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