Carnegie Mellon University
For more information about Dr. Helgeson, see her vitae.

Abby Vaughn

Abby Vaughn

Project Director

Abby graduated from Pitt with a bachelor's in psychology. She began working with Vicki in 2004. She spent her first year with Vicki working on a breast cancer research project, and since then has worked on the Teen Health, Transition Times, and REACH studies. She lives in Pittsburgh's North Hills area with her husband and two young sons. In her free time, Abby enjoys camping, baking, knitting, and reading.

Tiona Jones

Tiona Jones

Research Associate

Tiona graduated with a degree in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. She worked in Dr. Helgeson's undergraduate research lab studying the transition from the pediatric to the adult health care system for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. For fun, she likes to do trivia, puzzles, Escape Rooms, and watch movies.

Tate Miner

Tate Miner

Research Associate

Tate graduated with a degree in Psychology from Haverford College in 2019, where he completed a senior thesis examining the psychological bases of political ideologies. He joined Dr. Helgeson’s lab in the fall of 2019 and is especially interested in contemporary issues in social and personality psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and making electronic music.

Jennifer Melnyk

Jennifer Melnyk

Research Associate

Jennifer studied psychology at Carnegie Mellon University for her undergraduate degree and then got her MSW at Pitt. She joined the lab while in grad school, but decided to stay even after graduation because of the amazing staff. Currently, most of her free time is devoted to renovating her house with her husband. But in her spare time, she enjoys biking, reading, and trying out new recipes.