Lab Members


Adriana Galván, Ph.D.


Principal Investigator

Curriculum Vitae

Adriana Galván, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and faculty member of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.  She is also the Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory and an executive member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA. The overall goal of her laboratory is to understand adolescent behavior by using neuroimaging methods to study the changing adolescent brain.  Specifically, she examines the role of stress, sleep habits, puberty, and social relationships on adolescent risk-taking and decision making.  Her work has been disseminated broadly in academic journals including The Journal of Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Neuron and funded by the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, The Jacobs Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Her research has been featured in several media outlets, in a TEDx talk on the adolescent brain and cited in U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding juvenile justice (Graham v. Florida, 2010; Miller v. Alabama, 2012).  Dr. Galván received her B.A in Neuroscience from Barnard College, Columbia University (2001) and her Ph.D. from Cornell Medical School (2006). She conducted her postdoctoral research fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Boyd McCandless Young Scholar Award, the Jacobs Foundation Young Scholar Award, a Network Scholar Award of The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award.


Jessica Phuong, B.S.


Graduate Student

Jessica graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Jessica was a research assistant in Dr. Nim Tottenham’s Developmental Affective Neroscience Lab. Her current research interests include investigating the effects of early life experience and stress on the neurobiology of social and emotional development.

Sarah Tashjian, J.D.


Graduate Student

Sarah graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology in 2007 before obtaining her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2010. Sarah is interested in examining brain-based differences in sensitivity to socio-cultural context and positive risk taking.

Amanda Baker, B.A.


Graduate Student

Amanda graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Before coming to UCLA, Amanda worked in Sonia Bishop’s Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Berkeley and Vinod Menon’s Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Lab at Stanford. She is currently interested in investigating the effects of early life experiences and individual differences on adolescent brain development and mental health.

Rachel Storer, B.S.


Lab Manager

Rachel recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego and received her B.S. in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. As an undergraduate she was fascinated by the use of fMRI technology in clinical populations and is excited that she is able to pursue that interest in her current position at the Galván Lab. She hopes to continue studying her interest in how neuroimaging technology can inform us about the brain mechanisms behind mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression in graduate school. 

Jordan Mullins, B.A.


Research Assistant

Jordan graduated from the University of California Davis in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Human Development. She is particularly interested in clinical psychology, parent child interaction therapy, and plans to work with young children and adolescents. She hopes that her time in the Galván Lab will give her invaluable experience with conducting research in the field.

Daniela Sarmiento

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniela is a 3rd-year Psychobiology major originally from Ecuador. She is interested in learning about the intersection between neuroscience and psychology, especially as it applies to child and adolescent development. By working in the Galván Lab, Daniela wants to discover what it means to be a researcher and pioneer in the field of developmental neuroscience.  

Camille Johnston, B.S.

Research Assistant

Camille Johnston graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Camille decided to pursue Neuroscience after her enthusiasm for music sparked a curiosity about its relationship to pleasure and preference. After interning with the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Base, she developed an interest in researching the neural processes underlying human relationships. Camille is also interested in the chemical engineering of modern skincare products, and has a working knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

Jason Muljadi

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jason is a second-year neuroscience major at UCLA. Growing up, Jason has always been fascinated with the human brain and the way people interacted. In high school, he had the opportunity to delve into the realm of neurodegenerative diseases and to teach eighth graders at a school in Lake Balboa. He hopes that, through his experience at the Galván Lab, he can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of neuroscience as well as gaining experience that will help him advance in the field of neurology.

Emily Pham

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily is a 2nd year Psychobiology major at UCLA. Given her instructional experience with a wide range of students and her enthusiasm for working with children and adolescents, she is excited to better understand the relationship between neuroscience, psychology, and biology as it relates to early development. With the Galván Lab, Emily hopes to gain invaluable experience conducting research and explore the field of research as a possible career path.

Jennifer Shintaku

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jennifer is a fourth year Neuroscience major and is interested in how the brain develops and how it possibly leads to certain mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. She volunteered for Huntington Hospital and did research on the effectiveness of their triage system. She loves watching and playing sports, her family’s dog and cat, and playing with children. A fun fact about her is that she has no pinky knuckle!


(more recent departures listed first)

Dan Zhu- Former undergraduate research assistant

Sam Swanson, PhD. – Former Post Doctoral Student

Dominic Tran – Former undergraduate research assistant 

Kayla Oakley – Former Lab Manager

Currently pursuing post-bacc at University of Ohio

Diane Goldenberg, Ph.D. – Former graduate student

Currently a postdoc at the University of Southern California

Nadia Hassan – Former undergraduate research assistant

Steven Soltani – Former undergraduate research assistant

Aboudeh Almallouhi – Former undergraduate research assistant

Laura Rosales – Former undergraduate research assistant

Nina Mokhtarzada – Former undergraduate research assistant

Crystal Rivera – Former undergraduate research assistant

Kaitlyn S. Breiner – Former graduate student

Currently a postdoc with Dr. George Slavich at UCLA

Perri Katzman – Former research assistant

Currently a graduate student at NYU

César Hernández – Former undergraduate research assistant

Abby Loi – Former undergraduate research assistant

Marnee McClellan – Former undergraduate research assistant

Jessica Hernandez – Former undergraduate research assistant

Kathy Do – Former lab manager

Kathy is pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology

at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with Eva Telzer.

Jennifer Grijalva – Former undergraduate research assistant

Thomas Liu – Former undergraduate research assistant

Alexandra Sherman – former research assistant

Currently a graduate student at SFSU

Diana Guzman – Former undergraduate research assistant

Stephanie Tuncel – Former undergraduate research assistant

Currently a behavioral specialist at TOTAL Programs

Emily Barkley-Levenson, Ph.D. – Former graduate student

Currently an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University

Elliott Gomez – Former undergraduate research assistant

Currently teaching English abroad in Spain

Elica Rahdar, Ph.D. – Former postdoctoral fellow

Currently COO and Head of Research at 3TEN8

Nancy Gomez – Former undergraduate research assistant

Currently a Program Representative at the UCLA Latin American Institute

Brian Delpasand – Former undergraduate research assistant

Currently a medical student at Temple University

Eva Telzer, Ph.D. – Former graduate student

Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Kristine McGlennen – Former lab manager

Currently a Registered Nurse, Critical Care Immersion Program at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

Linda van Leijenhorst, Ph.D. – Former postdoctoral fellow 

Currently an Assistant Professor at Leiden University

Marissa Sharif – Former undergraduate research assistant

Adriana Campos – Former undergraduate research assistant

Katherine Harmon – Former undergraduate research assistant

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