Undergraduate Research Assistants

A small number of undergraduates are accepted into the CCHI lab annually. Past CCHI undergraduate research assistants have present at conferences, co authored manuscripts, and won various research awards and fellowships. Below are our current research assistants.

Markline Aldajuste
Psychology Major

"Markline CCHI Labs joined in spring of 2023. She is majoring in psychology and is part of the pre-med track. She is also a part of the McNair scholars' program. She is interested in becoming a part of the medical field in the future and hopes psychology could help guide her in the right direction. She enjoys learning about how the medical field affects Black individuals in both the patient point of view and the doctors. She is not completely sure on what her interests are and believes research could help her find her passion."

Briana Deleon
Psychology Major

Briana joined the CCHI lab in the fall of 2023. She is majoring in psychology and pursuing a phd in clinical psychology. She is also part of the McNair scholar cohort of 2023. She is interested in holistic approaches to psychotherapy, health and wellness, and mental health. One of her life goals is to provide a space for individuals to heal and grow

Amara Dowdell (CCHI Lab Co- Manager)
Biologial Sciences & Natural and Applied Sciences Major

Amara is majoring in biological sciences and Natural & Applied Sciences. A Ronald E. McNair Fellow, Amara joined our lab in Fall 2022 and is working on reseach examining Indian medical students' perceptions of LBGTQ health issues and clinical practices . Amara wants to help bring awareness to issues contibuting to health inequities in marginalized communities. She hopes to pursue a doctorate degree when she graduates in the areas of global health, psychology, and immunology.

Anna Pena- Gomez (CCHI Lab Co- Manager)
Psychology Major

Anna joined our lab in Fall 2022. She is majoring in Psychology and on the Pre-Medicine track. Anna's career interests include cross-cultural psychology and work with racially and ethnically diverse communities living with mental illnesses and health inequities. She was an intern at the American Psychological Association in DC during the 2021- 2022 academic year. Anna hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology or psychiatry.

Anamaria Pedraza Orjuela
Psychology Major

Anamaria joined our lab in the Fall of 2023. She is currently majoring in psychology and health applied sciences with aspirations to pursue a Master’s degree in Physician Associate studies. Additionally, Anamaria is a 2023 GHSA Fellow. With her determination and passion for medicine and public health, she hopes to one day work alongside residents in underserved communities within South Florida and in her home country, Colombia.

Katherine Veloso
Nursing Major

Katherine joined the lab in Spring of 2023. She is majoring in nursing and pursuing a minor in business. Katherine is interested in owning many businesses in the future, including opening her own urgent care company. She also aims to pursue her doctorate to become a nurse practitioner. Currently, she is working on researching parental discipline styles.


Students interested in joining the CCHI Lab should review our application information.

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