Our Team

Graduate Students

Raeya Maswood

Raeya Maswood is a sixth year Cognitive Science student. She received her B.A. in Psychology from CUNY Queens College in 2014. Her research focuses on the socio-cognitive processes of emotional memories as well as the social transmission of memory through social networks.

Nicholas Pepe

Nicholas Pepe is a fourth 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 second 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 first 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 an incoming doctoral student in the Cognitive Science program. She is scheduled to receive 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 an upcoming senior at SBU, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She loves painting and photography and she is the Vice President of the Art Club. She is currently both a project coordinator and a research assistant in our lab

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.

Research Assistants

Christine Chan

Christine is currently a junior 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. 

Mili Shah

Mili is currently in her junior year at SBU. She is a psychology major on the pre-medicine track with minors in business management and chemistry. She has been inducted into the chemistry and psychology honor societies. 

Nikitha Menon

Nikitha is currently a junior at SBU double majoring in Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track. In her spare time, Nikitha enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing the ukulele, being a part of the non-profit organization Just for Kidz, and traveling.

Weiye Yuan

Weiye is her third year at SBU. She is currently majoring in Psychology. She likes knitting and traveling. She was also an advertiser at the International Student Organization last semester.

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.

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. 

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.

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).

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisees


Lab Alumni


International Visting Scholars


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