Dr. Mello's Students



Project Coordinator



Betsy Centeno, M.A.


Betsy is a Sally Casanova Pre-Doc Scholar and a recent graduate of the Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) master’s program at San Francisco State University. She is the Project Coordinator for the TRDRP-funded research project where she takes part in data collection such as the interview, transcription, and translation process. Her research interests include racial/ethnic identity and educational and health disparities among racial/ethnic marginalized groups, with a focus on Latinx groups. She will be applying to Ph.D. programs in Fall 2022. 


Betsy's CV






Lab Manager



İlke Bayazıtlı


İlke is a senior graduate student in the Psychology (Social, Personality, and Affective Science) master’s program at San Francisco State University. She is the Lab Manager for Time Lab and a Research Assistant for the TRDRP-funded research project where she takes part in the preparation of materials, survey data collection, interviews, and preliminary curriculum development. She is particularly interested in examining factors that promote educational outcomes and well-being in adolescents. She will be applying to doctoral programs in Fall 2022.


İlke's CV






Undergraduate Research Assistants



Daniel Reyes Grafil


Daniel is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education. His research interests include psychological disorders and memory. He plans on applying to a master’s program in the near future.




Haley Neilene Hockett


Haley is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include psychological disorders and social development. She plans on applying to a master’s program in psychology.




Jo Nisa Cabilogan


Jo Nisa is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health Education. Her research interests include examining factors of perceived discrimination and its association with tobacco-use among Asian American immigrant adolescents. She presently participates in the Psychology Honors Thesis Program, which requires undergraduate students to produce a thesis paper. She will be applying to Ph.D. programs in Fall 2023.



Juan Carlos Argueta Rodriguez


Juan Carlos is a third-year undergraduate student dual majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He is especially interested in research on prescription medications.






The TimeLab is located in EP 510.


Students who are interested in joining the Time Lab should send an email to Dr. Mello at zmello@sfsu.edu that includes a brief statement about career goals, CV/resume, and GPA.





LauraLaura Finan

Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

Laura's research interests include how social-ecological factors contribute to adolescents' and young adults' health and health risk behaviors.






Jamie Jaramillo

Jamie Jaramillo

Early Career Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center

Jamie is passionate about the treatment and prevention of cascading negative health effects following adversity, such as mental disorders, substance use, and addiction.





Hilary Bridges

Hilary Bridges

LPC Assistant Executive Director, Kids Crossing

Hilary is a Licensed Professional Counselor.









Alumni (cont.)


(Name, former position with Dr. Mello, current position) 

Nicole Matzembacker, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nada Habash, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia Sanchez, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Erica Santos, Research Assistant

Aleen Ohannessian, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia Moon, M.A., Student & Graduate Research Assistant & Project Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of California, San Francisco

Lena Azzouz, M.A., Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Dilrani Bhadare, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Ph.D., Clinical, Alliant University

Julie Chandler, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University

Alexa L. Davidson, Undergraduate Research Assistant, County Health Advocate  

Dante D. Dixson, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

Lee H. Hand, Undergraduate Research Assistant, English Instructor, China USA Society English Centers

Manpreet Kaur, M.A. Student, Graduate Research Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of California, San Francisco

Jules Kutner, Psychology Honors Program Student, M.A. Student, San Francisco State University

Patricia L. Monaghan, Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D., Clinical, Florida Institute of Technology 

Liliana Celesia Moore, M.A., Graduate Student, Clinical Research Coordinator, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Victoria C. Paoloni, Psychology Honors Program Student, M.A. Student, San Jose State University

Daishea Poole, M.A. Student, California Baptist University

Erick Romero, Psychology Honors Program Student

Jesse Simnegar, Psychology Honors Program Student, M.A. Student, San Francisco State University

Gabriela Michelle Sollis, Undergraduate Research Assistant

AnnMarie Stiasny, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Graduate Student, Counseling, Northcentral University

Erica Walker, Psychology Honors Program Student, M.A. Student, San Francisco State University

Isaac C. S. Wiggers, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Graduate Student, Industrial/Organization, Seattle Pacific University

Laura Yitzzel Alcaraz, Undergraduate Research Assistant, M.S. in progress, School Psychology, San Francisco State University

Alyssa Youngquist, M.A. Student, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of California, San Francisco



Lab Photos


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Spring 2022

Nada Habash, Aleen Ohannesian, Julia Moon, Juan Carlos Argueta Rodriguez, İlke Bayazıtlı


Time Lab picture














Fall 2021

(Top row, from left) Julia Moon, Dr. Mello, Lena Azzouz

(Bottom row, from left) İlke Bayazıtlı, Betsy Aracely Paredes Centeno


Spring 2021

























Spring 2021


(Top row, from left) Betsy Aracely Paredes Centeno, Dr. Mello, Jules Kutner

(Second row, from left) Jesse Simnegar, Lena Azzouz, Julia Moon

(Bottom row, from left) Erick Romero, Liliana Celesia Moore


spring 2020

Spring 2020

(Top row, from left) Lindsey Seril, Julia Moon, Jules Kutner

(Second row, from left) Lena Azzouz, Dr. Mello, Erick Romero

(Bottom row, from left) Rebecca Lieber, Liliana Celesia Moore


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Time Lab 2018–2019

(Top row, from left) Natasha Govind, Bianca Gonzalez, Daniel Campos, Aldo Pizano, Dr. Mello, Aimee Montano, Khoi Tran, Jack Chase

(Second row, from left) Melissa Gonzales, Jena D'Amico, Lindsey Seril, Julia Moon, Jennifer Wahleithner

(Bottom row) Kendra Ferguson


comp combined


Spring 2019

Julia Moon, a first-year graduate student working under the direction of Dr. Mello, won first place at the 33rd Annual California State University Student Research Competition! She presented her project entitled, "Time and Trepidation: An Examination of Thoughts and Feelings about the Past, Present, and Future and Anxiety among Adolescents" in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Graduate Division. Congratulations, Julia!

Credit for left photo goes to Jordan Kubat Photography, 2019


Spring 2018            

(From left) Adelaja Abosede, Dr. Ekundayo, Dr. Mello


The 5 people in the photo are dressed formally at a convention, posing and smiling at the camera.
Spring 2017

(From left) Laura Alcarez, Liceth Solis, Dr. Mello, Julie Chandler, Celeste Lopez


Spring 2016

(From left) Manpreet Kaur, Dr. Mello, Alyssa Youngquist 


High School Data Collection Summer 2016

(From left) Manpreet Kaur, Mariah Sewell


academic year 2015-16

Academic Year 2015–2016

(From left) Clemens Rade, Maryam Tavakoli, Caitlin Collins, Dr. Mello, Erica Walker, Victoria Paoloni, Gabriela Solis, Julie Chandler, Alyssa Youngquist 


spring 2015
Spring 2015

(From left) Izzy Mayes, Dr. Mello, Alexa Davidson, Christina Marquez, Alyssa Youngquist, Erica Walker


Summer 2014

Victoria Paoloni

(Photograph courtesy of Diane Fenster)


spring 2013



Spring 2013

(From left) Dr. Mello, AnnMarie Stiasny, Jamie Jaramillo, Isaac C. S. Wiggers

The photo was taken at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


academic 10-12


Academic Years 2010–2012

(From left) KrisAnn McBroom, Hilary Anton-Stang, Tavia Sharpe, Laura Finan, Dr. Mello, Carmen M. Gutíerrez, Lee A. Hand

The photo was taken at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Time Lab picture