Lab Members

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CAFE Lab members with Yossef Ben-Porath, Ph.D. (top) and Auke Tellegen, Ph.D. (bottom), co-authors of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF measures, at the 2017 Society for Personality Assessment Annual Convention.

Current CAFE Lab Members

  • Monica C. Gutierrez (Psychology Major; Pre-Law Minor; Spring 2022) obtained Monica Gutierrezher AS-T in Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in 2018. Her participation in the CAFE Lab includes data collection for a research project to see if English and Spanish versions of psychological tests work in the same way as each other. She has an interest in clinical and forensic psychology, but intends to pursue a legal education. She plans to graduate in Spring 2023 and apply for Juris Doctorate programs, with specialty areas in family and criminal defense law.
  • Melissa McGinnis (Psychology Major; Spring 2023) graduated from Gavilan Melissa McGinnisCollege with an A. A in Health Science. She is in the Tau Sigma Honor Society and Psi Chi Honor Society. Her CAFE Lab work involves data collection for a research project to see if English and Spanish versions of psychological tests work in the same way as each other. She plans to apply for PhD or PsyD programs in clinical psychology.
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Former CAFE Lab Members

  • Jennifer Balderrama-Canales (Psychology Major; Spring 2018) Balderrama_Photowas a CAFE Lab member in Spring 2018. In addition to being a Course Assistant for PSY 300, she contributed to a research project on Spanish translations of psychological tests. Jennifer has a passion for helping adolescents and hopes to become a school counselor.
  • Jennifer (Jenn) Bennett (Psychology Major; Spring 2016) was a website-picture_jennifer-bennett.jpgmember of CAFE Lab from June 2015 to May 2016.  Her research interests included clinical assessment, posttraumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders. She led a study examining self-reported writing skills in undergraduate psychology students. In addition to her academic work, Jennifer was also the Bennett_Paper Airplanecampus representative for the Association for Psychological Science and president of Psychology Society of CSUMB.  She received her A.A. in Psychology from Cabrillo College in 2014 and was a recipient of the 2016 CSUMB Outstanding Future Alumni Award. She now attends the University of West Florida M.A. in Psychology Program with a Concentration in Counseling.
  • Daarian Bringle (Psychology Major; Spring 2020)  joined the CAFE lab in Fall 2019. He graduated from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo with associate’s degrees in English and Liberal Studies. His specific areas of interest include the efficacy, validity, and empirical verifiability of modern treatment modalities—specifically DBT and CBT—with a focus on the environmental and neurobiological etiology of psychological disorders. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.
  • Maddie Cardellio (Psychology Major; Spring 2020) obtained A.A. degrees Maddiein Psychology and Social/Behavioral Science from Moorpark College in Spring 2018 and has been a CAFE Lab member since Fall 2019. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic focus. She would like to work with underserved populations.
  • Emily Cordova Processed with VSCO with c1 preset(Psychology Major, Statistics Minor; Spring 2020) joined the CAFE Lab in Summer 2018. Her research interests included suicide risk, intervention, and prevention and the utility of MMPI-2-RF scales in suicide risk assessment. She is also interested in other psychopathology disorders associated with the MMPI-2 RF and the impact of culture on certain disorders. She presented at student and professional conferences, her most recent presentation being the 54th MMPI Annual Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She now attends the University of Southern Mississippi’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program under the mentorship of Drs. Nora Charles and Randy Arnau to study non-suicidal self-injury.
  • Coraima Enriquez (Psychology Major; Spring 2017) joined the lab interested cori-presenting-e1495842854292.jpgin examining the reliability of forensic assessments in the determination of incompetency to stand trail, not guilty by reason of insanity, as well as risk assessments. She is also interested in researching the best clinical methods in the treatment of juvenile and adult offenders and in the reduction of stigma towards mental illnesses. Cori is pursuing an MSW at Boise State University.
  • Amanda Noelle Hansen (Psychology Major, Statistics Minor; Spring 2020) became a CAFE Lab member and a UROC Researcher in10-26-18_1 (2) June 2018 and was awarded the 2020 Provost’s Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. Her research interests include personality dysfunction, psychological assessment, and forensic psychology. She has presented at three professional conferences, including the 54th Annual MMPI Symposium. In addition to research, she volunteered as a Sexual Assault Counselor through the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. She now attends Kent State University’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program under the mentorship of Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath to study psychological assessment, including the utility of the MMPI-3 in a variety of contexts.
  • fullsizerender.jpgKimberly (Kim) Hudson (Psychology Major; Social Work Minor; Cum Laude; Fall 2016) was selected from all graduating psychology students to be the recipient of the 2017 CSUMB Service Learning Award for her volunteer work at her local Veterans Administration CBOC—Mental Health Clinic (Palo Alto Health Care System). While volunteering, Kim assisted licensed clinicians in group therapy for Veterans focusing on anger management, anxiety, and depression. In addition, she volunteered with a Family Service Agency in Santa Cruz working as a suicide hotline responder. Kim’s primary research interest focus on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression in Veterans. She is pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at William James College (Newton, Massachusetts) with an emphasis in military and Veteran psychology.
  • Grace Lee (Psychobiology; UCLA) served as CAFE lab manager andheadshot3x5 worked on a meta-analysis to investigate the Validity Scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) across evaluation settings. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and now attends the Ohio University  Ph.D. program in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology under theLee_Paper Airplane mentorship of Dr. Julie Suhr. Her research interests include the utilization of neuropsychological measures to examine mental disorders, including ADHD and TBI. She also wishes to investigate the effects of malingering on neuropsychological performance, and is passionate about increasing access to mental health services among underserved populations.
  • Zaida Lopez (Psychology Major; Spring 2020) worked in the CAFE Lab on research related to the MMPI-2-RF Somatic/Cognitive Scales. She accepted an offer to Loma Linda Zaida LopezUniversity’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program, after being accepted into four PsyD programs. She plans to pursue a concentration in neuropsychology. She will collaborate with Dr. Richard Hartman on neurodegeneration, particularly TBI, and help promote brain resiliency with nutritional therapies. She was also selected for Distinction in the Major.
  • Leah Lyons (Psychology Major; Fall 2016) was a member of the LLyons_YEC (1)CAFE lab and also conducted research in a human sexuality lab. Her research focused on treatments for sexual dysfunctions and sexual offender rehabilitation. She has been published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.
  • Gareth Meeson (Psychology; Fall 2015) practiced his Gareth Meeson Photostatistical coding skills by creating complex diagnostic categorization syntax for data analysis in SPSS. He has since worked as an open source code analyst and attended the San Jose State M.S. program in Human Factors and Ergonomics with a focus in human-computer interaction.
  • Akshata Melanahalli (Psychology Major) joined the CAFE lab in Fall 2019. Her interests include psychopathology and psychopharmacology (especially applying these subjects to advance and improve the treatment of psychological disorders). She hopes to apply to PhD, PsyD or Masters programs. Akshata graduated from Evergreen Valley College  with an AA-T in Psychology and enjoys learning more about therapy and its techniques (like mindfulness and relaxation techniques).
  • Stella Ornelas (Psychology Major; Cum Laude; Spring 2017) is 20151126_162147 (1)exploring counseling-related career paths. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in counseling and is gaining relevant  experience in order to determine her specialty of interest.
  • Chloe Patch (Psychology Major; Statistics Minor; Spring 2020) became a CAFE Lab member in Summer of 2018 and was a member of CSUMB’s Undergraduate Research IMG_1567Opportunities Center (UROC) Researchers Program. Her research interests include forensic psychology and psychological testing in forensic settings, as well as suicidality in relation to various working psychological theories. She presented her work at the 54th Annual MMPI Symposium along with her colleagues. In addition to her research, she served as a Community Service Officer at the University Police Department and as a Resident Advisor
  • Kylin (Ky) Peck (Psychology Major; Statistics Minor; Fall 2019)peck_mmpi_poster_2.jpg became a CAFE Lab member and UROC Scholar in January of 2018. Her research interests focus primarily on psychopathy, psychotic disorders, and language disorders. She will pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, focusing her studies in the neuropsychology realm.
  • Kim Rebuelta-Marquez (Psychology Major; Spanish Language & Rebuelta_ProfilePhotoHispanic Cultures Minor; Spring 2019) was a CAFE Lab member in Spring 2018 and contributed to a research project on Spanish translations of psychological tests. She plans to use her interests in social and forensic psychology to pursue a Master’s degree in social work.


Provost Award winner Isabella Romero delivers the student commencement speech at the 2017 CSUMB Commencement Ceremony. Commencement photo credit: Joan Iguban Galiguis

  • Denise Sanchez (Psychology Major) earned her A. A. in Psychology from Hartnell College in 2018 and transferred to CSUMB in Spring 2019. She joined the CAFE Lab in Fall 2019 while expecting her first child. She has been employed by Center for Autism and Related Disorders since June 2018. This career sparked her interest in working with children. She plans to graduate by Spring 2021 and apply for doctoral programs in clinical/forensic psychology or the School Psychology program at CSUMB.
  • IMG_0153Brittany Smith (Psychology Major; Fall 2016) transferred from El Camino Community College, where she received her A.S. in General Studies: Behavioral Sciences and AA-T in Psychology in 2014. Her research interests focus on forensic psychology as well as policy, particularly in the criminal justice system.
  • Ashley Tedesco (Psychology Major; Human Development Minor; Ashley with Auke and YossiSpring 2017) received an AA–T in Psychology and AA–T IMG_0529in Sociology from Foothill College in Spring 2014. She transferred to CSUMB in Fall 2014. Upon graduation, she enrolled in the San José State University MA in Research and Experimental Psychology program. She is interested in the relationship between brain and behavior, specifically in the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders.
  • Nicolasa Villalobos (Psychology Major; Fall 2017)  transferred from Hartnell  Portrait VillalobosNicolasaCollege, where she earned her A.A.-T in Psychology in Fall 2014. ​Most of her undergraduate research has been as a member of Dr. Yamashita‘s Memory Lab where she investigated the influences of encoding styles on the generation effect and developed her own experiment that examined if mood influences the generation effect. Nicolasa joined the CAFE Lab to gain further hands-on research experience. She is pursuing her PhD in Experimental Psychology at Texas Tech under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Serra, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor.
  • Kait WilkersonKaitlin (Kait) Wilkerson (Psychology Major; Spring 2016) transferred to CSUMB from Gavilan College. Some of her research interests include the etiology of eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, self-mutilation, and perspectives on death and suicide. Her Senior Capstone Project focused on the role of stigmatization and complicated grief in the experiences of those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Along with this work, her participation in the CAFE Lab included contributions to a meta-analysis on the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales.
  • Kendall Whitney (Psychology Major; Fall 2018) e14a81e0-a0b9-45bc-9f74-cba87e9ac4a0graduated from CSUMB in Fall 2018 after completing coursework at Mount San Jacinto College in Southern California. She worked as an Assistant Program Director for Interim, Inc. and is now attending the University of Tulsa Clinical Psychology PhD program to study and treat trauma under the mentorship of Dr. Joanne Davis.
  • Rosemary (Psychology Major; Fall 2019) was a CAFE Lab member from Spring 2018 to Fall 2019. She transferred from Mt. San Antonio college after obtaining her A.A. in Psychology in 2017. Since becoming a lab member she has presented posters at the 53rd MMPI Symposium and the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 38th Annual conference. She has also presented an oral presentation at the 54th MMPI Symposium. Rosemary is interested in neuropsychology. She is particularly interested in traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders, such as dementia. She will be pursuing an MA program with a neuroscience or biopsychology focus. 

KatrinaJaymeSRC2017Katrina Conen and Jayme Luna at the 2017 Student Research Competition, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

FullSizeRenderSeveral Psychology students, including CAFE Lab members Katrina Conen, Jayme Luna, Taylor Chille, and Isabella Romero, were recognized at the 2017 UROC Year-End Celebration.


CAFE Lab logo created by Anthony Jimenez