Team Members

Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard

Professor
Fall 2001 – Present
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My primary goal is to empower others to understand and conduct research. I pursue this goal in both my teaching and my research. In the classroom, I teach students to use basic and advanced statistical techniques, to write research reports, and to create online studies. Outside the classroom, I involve undergraduates and graduates in all stages of the research process: study design, data collection, scoring, statistical analyses, write-up, and presentation at conferences and in journal articles. My research and publications build a bridge between the typical psychologist and the complex statistical and methodological tools that are available. Some of my publications are theoretical pieces, written in the language of statistics and formulas, meant to be read by other psychometricians. Some of my publications are applied pieces, written to demonstrate innovative techniques in the context of psychological research, meant to be read by researchers and students in psychology.

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Gemma Ortega

Lab Manager
Spring 2021 – Present
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Hello! My name is Gemma Ortega. I am the current lab manager of the Interactive Measurement Group. This is my fifth semester in Dr. Barchard’s lab. I graduated from UNLV with a B.A. in psychology and minors in neuroscience and addiction’s treatment. My ultimate goal is to advocate for underserved communities. I plan on doing my part by attending a graduate program for social work. I aspire to serve marginalized communities and help destigmatize mental health care within these communities. I am also interested in conducting research on childhood trauma and how it affects overall development.

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Jelsy Cadenas Santos

Fall 2018 – Present 
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Hello! My name is Jelsy and I graduated from UNLV with a B.A. in psychology in the spring of 2021. During my time in the lab, I have taken on various leadership roles such as Poster Supervisor, Managing Editor for the newsletter, and PSY 210 Teaching Assistant. This fall, I am serving as a lab volunteer by providing feedback on written materials. I am currently also working as a research assistant for the UNLV School of Public Health and taking a health science course at UNLV. I am preparing to apply to an occupational therapy doctorate program next year, and I am very excited to continue my studies!

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Fitsum Ayele

Fall 2019 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Fitsum Ayele. This is my ninth semester in lab. I am currently a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in management. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Industrial- Organizational (I-O) psychology and implement psychological principles and research methods to improve people’s lives at work. I want to use I-O research to enhance the employee experience and improve people’s relationships to their work. My research interests include how individuals learn and develop within organizational systems, motivation as a driver of performance, how teams emerge and facilitate performance, and burnout.

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Rosalba Gomez

Summer 2020 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Rosalba Gomez. This is my sixth semester in the lab. I graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University. Broadly, my research interests include PTSD and depression. I’m interested in understanding how emotion regulation and cognitive processes contribute to the manifestation and maintenance of psychological disorders. I am also interested in improving treatment options for PTSD.

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Monica Cordova-Medina

Summer 2020 – Present 
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Hello, I’m Monica! I’ve been in lab for two years (8 semesters) and I graduated in the Spring of 2021 witha Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in Psychology. My research interests include motivation in learning, and equity in K-20 education. Currently, I am focusing on my professional development as a Data Scientist.

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Cassandra Hoffman

Fall 2020 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Cassandra Hoffman. I graduated from UNLV in the spring of 2022 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. I am currently working to expand my research skills as I prepare to apply for a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. In graduate school, my goal will be to help advance our understanding and improve the treatment of moral injury and trauma-related disorders.

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Eden Thiess

Fall 2020 – Present 
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This is my third semester in Dr. Barchard’s lab. I am currently a senior looking to receive my B.A in psychology with a minor in biology. I want to receive a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology. I hope to eventually work as a clinical neuropsychologist in a private practice. My research interests include the cognitive functioning of individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s, as well as new possible ways of treatment.

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Joshua Chang

Fall 2020 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Joshua and I’m majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. This is my third semester at the lab, and I’m looking forward to learning more about conducting research. My current research interests include psychometrics, motivation, personality, learning, and sensation. I plan to go to graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in either industrial-organizational psychology or neuropsychology.

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Zain Raja

Fall 2020 – Present 
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Hi! My name is Zain Raja and I am majoring in psychology with a focus in pre-med. This is my seventh semester in the IMG lab and I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023. Afterwards, I plan on attending medical school and learn about the different fields I can specialize in and am looking forward to one that aligns with my passion. My ultimate goal is to be able to go back home in Azad Kashmir and provide medical attention to those in need.

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Jerald Novero

Spring 2021 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Jerald Novero. This is my second semester with the lab. I hold a bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Psychology with a Neuroscience minor. I am currently taking a gap year before starting medical school. My end goal is to become an ER trauma surgeon and later do Doctors without Borders in the future.

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Yuhan Bi

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hi, my name is Yuhan! I major in psychology and social work with a minor in family studies. I’m interested in research topics such as self-concepts, self-esteem, and social influence. My career goal is to help people with their everyday concerns that are potentially harmful to their mental well-being. After graduating, I hope to get into grad school and study more about counseling.

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Susan Gutierrez

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hi, my name is Susan! I am currently a junior majoring in psychology, and this is my fourth semester in the lab. I hope to graduate in the Spring of 2024. After I graduate, I plan to attend a school psychology graduate program. In the future, I would like to become a school psychologist to advocate for the mental health needs of students.

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Jesse Tabaczynski

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hello there! My name is Jesse, and this is my third semester in the Interactive Measurement Group. I am a psychology and sociology double major at UNLV, expecting to graduate in Spring of 2022 with my Bachelor of Arts. I aim to find a graduate program focusing on developmental psychology with a counseling emphasis. My career interest lies in providing guidance across development for children, adolescents, and emerging adults whilst providing therapy for childhood mental disorders and trauma. In terms of disorders, I am particularly interested in how depression and anxiety manifest and develop differently among this demographic. I am passionate that our institutions fail in many ways to promote healthy development for the young. I want to intervene.

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Betty Castaneda

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hello, I’m Betty Castaneda. I am a senior majoring in psychology at UNLV. My research interest is in cognitive psychology with a specialization in learning and memory. I am very passionate about education and plan to empower others with any knowledge I gain.

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Victoria Angulo

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Victoria Angulo and I recently graduated from UNLV with my B.A. in psychology with minors in neuroscience and global entrepreneurship. This is my fourth semester in the IMG lab. My research interests include: sexuality, infidelity, the effects of trauma, and psychoanalysis. I plan on attending an MFT or counseling psychology master’s program in fall 2023 and eventually starting my own private practice.

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Yele’ Wagoner

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hello, my name is Yele’ Wagoner. My major at UNLV is art with a minor in psychology. I will obtain my B.A. in both disciplines in Fall 2021. This is my first semester in the Interactive Measurement Group. My future plans are to obtain my master’s degree in school psychology. I would love to work with students in the Clark County School District.

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Steven Glover

Summer 2021 – Present  
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Hello, my name is Steven Glover and I am a math major with a concentration in actuarial science. I enjoy the mysteries of mathematics and how to apply complex theorems/proofs to the real world. This is my first semester in the IMG lab. I hope to graduate in the Spring of 2022 and will ideally pursue a postgraduate degree in Europe. I would like to study in financial mathematics or statistical methods and eventually join the actuarial field after meeting the requirements of whichever country I end up in.

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Julissa Martinez

Fall 2021 – Present 
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Hello, my name is Julissa Martinez. This is my fourth semester in the Interactive Measurement group. I am currently a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduating from UNLV, I hope to go to graduate school and earn a PhD in Experimental Psychology. I am interested in getting more involved in research, so I can become a psychology researcher or professor.

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Tashima Powell

Fall 2021 – Present  
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Hello, my name is Tashima Powell and I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in psychology in December 2021. This is my fourth semester in the Interactive Measurement Group. I am interested in industrial & organizational psychology and developmental psychology. I plan to further my education through internships and apply for graduate school in the fall of 2022

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Jae Billerbeck

Spring 2022 – Present  
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Hi! My name is Jae Billerbeck. This will be my third semester in the IMG lab! I am currently a senior and am majoring in psychology. I will be graduating in the spring of 2023 and hope to attend graduate school for either school psychology or industrial-organizational psychology after completing my undergraduate degree.

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Luke Reyes

Spring 2022 – Present  
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Hello, my name is Luke. I am currently in my third year of majoring in psychology. This will be my second semester in the IMG lab. I am looking forward to exploring research in addictions, abnormal mental behaviors, and family relationships. I plan on attending a graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with aspirations to run a private practice.

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Joshua Galloway

Spring 2022 – Present  
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Hello, my name is Joshua Galloway and I am a third year student working on a degree in psychology with a minor in marriage and family therapy. This is my first semester in the Interactive Measurement Group. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023 and would like to get into the MFT program here at UNLV.

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Noa Gonzalez

Spring 2022 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Noa Gonzalez, and this will be my first semester in the lab. I am currently a junior majoring in psychology, and I am planning to graduate in the Spring of 2024. I am looking forward to having hands-on research experience in the lab, as well as deepening my understanding of research methods. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, focusing on applied therapy and research for generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

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Grace Hyde

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Grace, and this is my second semester in the lab. Despite currently majoring in psychology and minoring in family studies, I hope to gain a master’s in library and information science. I am passionate about helping people access the information and resources they need and believe that a career as a librarian would be the perfect avenue for this. Presently, I am working on my graduate school application and on gaining library experience to have a better idea of whether I want to pursue public or academic librarianship.

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Daniela Alvarez

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Daniela, and this is my second semester participating in the Interactive Measurement Group. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology in the Summer of 2022. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, focusing on applied therapy for major depressive disorder and addiction treatment. My ultimate goal is to provide mental health care to underrepresented communities and advocate for the destigmatization of psychological treatment.

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Traci Stephens

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hi! My name is Traci Stephens, and this is my second semester in the lab. I am currently in my sophomore year at UNLV, pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies. I plan to continue my education after I graduate and attend graduate school to obtain my PsyD in clinical psychology. Ultimately, I aspire to have my own private practice as a clinical psychologist, with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Maximilian Sinclair

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hello, I am Maximilian Sinclair. I am a political science major with a minor in Chinese. This is my first semester in this lab. My academic interests are research methods, international relations, comparative politics, statistics, political psychology, and climate change. I plan to graduate with a bachelor’s in political science in the spring of 2024. I plan on going to graduate school in Europe to pursue a master’s degree in my field.

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Fred Vincent Margallo

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Fred Vincent Margallo, but I go by Fred. This will be my second semester in the Interactive Measurement Group. I am a senior majoring in biology with a concentration in integrative physiology and minoring in psychology. I plan to graduate from UNLV in the fall of 2023. After graduation, I hope to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a radiologist.

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Jin Qian

Summer 2022 – Present  
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Hello! My name is Jin Qian. I am currently a senior at UNLV majoring in Hospitality and Psychology. I am planning to graduate in the Fall semester of 2022. My plan after graduation is to work as a Registered Behavior Technician while applying for graduate school while I apply for a graduate school that allows me to become a BCBA. Then somewhere along the line, I will obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. My ultimate goal is to continue to work on myself and provide those who are in pain the care and comfort they need.

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Zihan Gong

Summer 2022 – Present  
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My name is Zihan. I major in hospitality management and psychology. I chose psychology because I think mental health is becoming more and more important to society and it is really important. I am also interested in many psychological aspects and want to learn more about human behavior and thinking. My short-term plan is to graduate in the fall of 2022 and get a psychology-related or hospitality-related internship after graduation. After about a year of internship, I will continue my studies in applied psychology in grad school.

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Mia Dominguez

Fall 2022  
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Hello everyone! My name is Mia, and I graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. I currently work for a mental health agency providing basic skills training and psychosocial rehabilitation, though I plan to apply for a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology in the fall of 2023. I would like to expand the research of mental health diagnoses among different minority communities to improve the quality of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medical treatment plans.

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Cameron Pereira

Fall 2022  
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Hi! My name is Cameron and this is my first semester in the interactive measurement group lab. I am a senior at UNLV studying psychology. The area of psychology I am interested in is child development and educational psychology. Particularly, the effect trauma and disabilities have on our ability to learn and our personal development. Long term, I hope to attain a doctorate degree, in the field of child development or school psychology. It is my hope that with this degree, I can improve systems of education and the treatment of people with disabilities within America’s most affected communities, including those who are impacted by the foster care system.

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Christopher Kyle Aguilar

Fall 2022  
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Hello! My name is Chris Aguilar, I’m a new member in the lab starting Fall 2022. As of now, I major in Psychology and am pursuing a minor in Business Administration. My interest lies in the applications and study of industrial/organizational psychology, and I am looking for any opportunities related to this field. My plan after graduation is to take a year off to accumulate finances while staying involved in a research lab. I hope to get into graduate school to pursue a master’s in I-O Psychology by Fall 2024.

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