Carnegie Mellon University

Student Researchers


Jeanean Naqvi

First Year Graduate Student

Major: Psychology

Research Interest: communal coping with chronic illness, cultural differences

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA

Interests/Hobbies: I completed my BA at UCLA in 2014 and worked as a Research Assistant at UC San Diego for 3 years. I love camping, traveling, and making music (singing and playing piano).

Katilyn Mascate

Katilyn Mascatelli

Fifth Year Graduate Student

Major: Psychology

Research Interest: Gender (sterotype/stigma); communal coping

Hometown: Ashtabula, OH

Interests/Hobbies: I completed my Bachelor's degree at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA.  My hobbies include playing the trombone, running and eating!


Melissa Zajdel

Third Year Graduate Student

Major: Psychology

Research Interest: The role of stress and the social context in chronic disease and immune function

I graduated from Princeton University in 2013 and finished my master's in Global Health in 2015 from Syracuse University. I ran track in undergrad and have kept running, my other hobbies include yoga and baking (and eating said baked goods)!

Interests/Hobbies: I love traveling, reading, running, and binge watching movies with my friends.


Kim Hochstedler

Year:  Senior

Major:  Statistics & Psychology

Research Interest:  Communal Coping, relationships, and health

Hometown:  Mishawaka, IN

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy sports and am on the varsity swim team at Carnegie Mellon.  In my free time, I like to read, draw, and listen to music.  I hope to attend graduate school in biostatistics.

Charis-Marie Vanderpuye

Charis-Marie Vanderpuye

Year: Senior

Major: English and Psychology

Research Interest: Communal Coping, health, gender biases and race.

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy studying different languages and am currently trying to teach myself Korean.  In addition, I like playing my guitar, vlogging, and taking pictures of food!!


Ilan Schwell

Year: Sophmore

Major: Psychology

Research Interest: Effect of psychological health on chronic illness, individual and interpersonal coping strategies. 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy hiking and playing intramural ultimate frisbee, I also like to cook in my free time.

Will Crouch

Will Crouch

Year: Junior

Major: Cognitive Neuroscience; Health Psychology

Research Interest: Unmitigated communioin, unmitigated agency, egoism/altruism

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

Interests/Hobbies: I'm heavily involved with my fraternity, where I actively participate in Booth and Buggy.  I hope to attend medical school following graduation.

Yoobin Chee

Yoobin Chee

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Minor: Gender Studies

Research Interests:unmitigated communion, relationships, and effects on mental health

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Interest/Hobbies: Traveling, playing the cello, and cooking

Michelle Kang

Michelle Kang

Year:  Senior

Major: B.S. in Psychology

Research Interests:  Health, relationships and stress-coping skills of young adults/children

Hometown:  South Korea

Interests/Hobbies:  I love watching Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks animation films.

Zeyneb Majid

Zeyneb Majid

Major:  B.S. in Psychology

Minor:  Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest:  Health psychology and personality factors that affect our health.

Hometown:  San Jose, CA

Interests/Hobbies:  I love spending time with my friends, hiking outdoors, meditation and eating.

Aisha Rashid

Aisha Rashid

Year: Junior

Major:  Technical Writing

Minor:  Biology

Research Interest:  unmitigated communion, relationship between health issues, chronic illnesses, and interpersonal relationships

Hometown:  East Brunswick, NJ

Interests: I enjoy composing and arranging music, reading, writing, and watching movies.