Undergraduate Research Assistants


Ellora Srabani

Ellora Srabani is a sophomore in the Honors Carolina program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is majoring in Psychology (B.S.) and Neuroscience, with an interest to continue her education at medical school, where she can explore clinical approaches to mental health. Ellora is interested in analyzing both brain imaging and brain development in children raised in different environments. She looks forward to gaining new experiences in psychological research at the CIRCLE Lab! (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Jordan Roberts

My name is Jordan Roberts, and I’m a junior majoring in Psychology. As an aspiring Clinical Psychologist, I am elated about the opportunity to connect my interest in early adversity and the onset of psychopathology in this lab to my work with Black youth and adolescents in the StAR Lab. In the future, I seek to open a therapy institute for Black adolescents and adults, where I would study the effect of race-based identity development and personality on Black mental health — in addition to providing client therapy. In my free time, I love to read, watch sports (Go Thunder!), play with my dog (shoutout to Charles), and spend time with my girlfriend.

Kayla Simone Brown

Kayla Brown is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicating her studies to Psychology. Kayla is enthusiastic to learn and have a hands on experience while working in a research environment as a member of The Circle Lab. She has the passion to expand her understanding of the adolescent cognition and the development of behavior and emotion. She plans to pursue graduate school in hopes of earning a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and expand the idea of researching. Outside of studying, Kayla enjoys singing in UNC Gospel Choir, engaging in community service and organizations such as the Black Student Movement.  She also loves spending time with her family and peers on her free time.  (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Kolin Lewis

My name is Kolin Lewis, my pronouns are he/him/his, and I am a junior here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in psychology with a minor in education. I love exploring new perspectives and learning how to bring people together. I am most excited about the opportunity to gain research experience involving children and better understand the impact of parental interactions on behavior. After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and focus on children and child trauma.

Noor Zofal

Noor is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying neuroscience and medical anthropology. She is excited to work with the CIRCLE lab team in understanding the complexity of adolescent cognition during development. She is also very interested in investigating the effects of early life experiences on adolescent brain development and mental health. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school to become an OBGYN. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Masita Wicaksana

Masita is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with intentions of majoring in/applying to the nursing program. She is excited to examine the effects of life experiences on child and adolescent development and looking forward to utilizing the experience she gains with the CIRCLE Lab throughout the rest of her time at Carolina. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Tianyi Li

Tianyi is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Psychology and Statistics. She has a great passion for any topics related to children and adolescents. At the CIRCLE lab, she is enthusiastic to learn about the effects of parents and family relationships on children’s brain development. After graduation, she aims to apply for graduate program in child and adolescent clinical psychology or family therapy. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Lopez is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing majors in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She is passionate about working with children and learning about topics related to mental health and environment factors that affect development. She is excited to work with CIRCLE Lab and gain experience with research to use in the future. After undergrad, Vanessa plans on attending graduate school with a focus in child and adolescent psychology. (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)

Yash Patel

Yash is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Neuroscience and Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Chemistry. Yash is interested in learning about the adolescent brain development through neuroimaging. Yash is also involved with neurological research with Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he is working on a clinical trial on using cranial ultrasound to detect intracranial hemorrhage, and will soon begin work on the VENTIBRAIN study which examines how brain injuries can cause secondary lung injury. After graduating from UNC, he hopes to attend medical school to specialize in neurology.