Our Team

Graduate Students

Nicholas Pepe

Nicholas Pepe is a fifth year Cognitive Science student. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College and received his M.A. in Psychology from the Experimental Psychology Program at Long Island University. His current research focuses on cultural effects on retrieval disruption.

Tori Peña

Tori Peña is a third 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 second 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 first 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.

Project Coordinators

Annesta Batuwangala

Annesta is a senior at SBU, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She loves painting and photography and is the Vice President of the Art Club. She is currently both a project coordinator and a research assistant in our lab. 

Christine Chan

Christine is currently a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her hobbies include playing badminton, basketball, reading, and traveling. Post-graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or education. 

Melissa Chen

Melissa is currently a junior majoring in psychology and health science. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and travelling. In the past, she was involved in sleep research at NYU Langone and now she is both a project coordinator and a research assistant in our lab.

Mili Shah

Mili is currently a senior psychology major on the pre-medicine track with a minor in chemistry. She has been inducted into the chemistry and psychology honor societies. She is heavily involved on campus through her sorority and the art club.

Research Assistants

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa is currently a junior at Stony Brook. She is a biology major on the pre-health track with a minor in Health and Wellness. Her hobbies include reading, photography, and traveling.

Kylon Coombs

Kylon is a biology major with a minor in chemistry on a pre-med track. His hobbies include xbox, movies, and exercising at the gym. He loves the movies so much that he even has an AMC membership. 

Jiajun Li

Jiajun is currently a sophomore 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.

Nikitha Menon

Nikitha is currently a senior at SBU double majoring in Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being secretary for the Psi Chi Honor Society, VP of the non-profit organization Just for Kidz, watching movies, and traveling to different countries.

Jasmine Mui

Jasmine is currently a sophomore majoring in biology. Her hobbies include trying new foods and painting. Jasmine is also a public relations officer in the Chinese Association at Stony Brook (CASB).

Sara Samad

Sara is a Sophomore at SBU and is currently majoring in Psychology for a B.S. degree. Her other work includes the PreMed Society and Division of Information Technology. Sara’s hobbies include watching movies in Bryant Park on Thursdays in the summer.

Weiye Yuan​

Weiye is in her fourth year at SBU. She is currently majoring in Psychology and minor in anthropology. She likes knitting, singing and traveling. She was previously an advertiser at the International Student Organization.

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

  • Yvonne Chanda
  • Ivy Wu
  • Jenny Chen

NSF-Funded SUNY AGEP Summer Research Institute for Underrepresented Students

  • Alysia Forster

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

  • Monica Jefferson