Lab Members

Dr. Stephanie J. Wilson, Ph.D., Director

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on family relationships, social interaction, psychoneuroimmunology, adulthood and aging, autonomic function, and ecological momentary assessment. For a full description of Dr. Wilson’s background and research please visit Dr. Wilson’s SMU faculty page.

Iris Yang, B.S.

2nd-year Graduate Student

Iris is a second-year student in SMU’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology and minors in medical sociology and chemistry. Her current research interests include aging, caregiving, social isolation, and depression. Outside of the lab, you can find Iris rock climbing, practicing yoga, and trying new recipes.

Sumaiyah Syed, B.S.

2nd-year Graduate Student

Sumaiyah is a second-year graduate student in SMU’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in psychology and minors in educational psychology and Turkish. Her current research interests include close relationships, caregiving, help-seeking, health, and resilience among minority groups. Outside of the lab, Sumaiyah enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing piano, and learning new languages.

Sam Molli, B.A.

1ST-year Graduate Student

Sam is an incoming first-year student in SMU’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program. He graduated from Belmont University with a degree in psychology and a minor in education. His current research interests include aging, interpersonal relationships, chronic health conditions, and health behavior change. Outside of the lab, Sam enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family, and playing trivia with friends.

Jared Cortez, B.S.

Post-Baccalaureate Trainee

Jared graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in psychology and a minor in addiction studies. His current research interests are aging, couples’ interactions, understanding the cognitive and neuroscience developments involved in social justice situations, substance use disorders, and family attachment. Jared will be leaving the SHARE lab this upcoming fall to complete a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. He loves playing video games and watching an online content group called Rooster Teeth.

 

Taylor Brown, B.A.

Research Coordinator

Taylor is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies. She will be pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa next fall. Her research interests include how social factors mitigate chronic pain, the effects of social support on chronic health conditions, and the development of evidence-based interventions and treatments that promote healthy behaviors among individuals coping with chronic illnesses. Her passions include traveling, gardening, and practicing yoga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gleason, B.S.

Research Coordinator

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. Her research interests include how relationships relate to later mental health problems, intergenerational transmission of mental health problems, and how contextual and family factors influence psychopathology throughout the childhood years. Her favorite hobbies include trying out new recipes, karaoke, music festivals, and hip-hop cardio dance classes.

Cassandra Fritsche, B.S.

Research Assistant

Cassandra is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in psychology. She joined the lab to further develop her experience with psychological research, and intends to pursue a master’s in clinical psychology or a related area while learning more about how a research lab functions. Her interests in the field of psychology include emotions, memory, PTSD, abnormal psychology, and health psychology, as well as a more specific interest in how interpersonal and societal factors can influence mental health. Outside of work, she enjoys creative writing, listening to music, and spending time with family.

Brynne Richardson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brynne is a sophomore undergraduate at SMU working towards degrees in psychology and sociology and a minor in law and legal reasoning. She is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in forensic psychology or a related field. Brynne loves working in the SHARE lab because she is able to learn more about human behavior. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Myles Opoku Duah-Boateng

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Myles is a junior at SMU with a major in psychology and plans to attend graduate school in order to pursue a career in clinical practice. He joined the lab through professor recommendation and desires to obtain research experience and diligence working with others in a professional lab.

Ruthie Miller

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ruthie is a junior at SMU pursuing a major in psychology with minors in neuroscience and Spanish. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology. She’s excited to join the SHARE lab in order to learn more about how human behavior influences physiology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Nicole Rafidi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole is a sophomore at SMU pursuing majors in psychology and public policy with a minor in biomedical anthropology. She is excited to join the SHARE lab to learn more about psychological and biological responses to stress in couples. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after graduating from SMU. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, playing with her dogs, and trying new places in Dallas with her friends

Laura Purvis

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Laura is a senior majoring in Psychology (BS), with a minor in Statistics and Applied Physiology & Health Management. She is from Adelaide, Australia, and is a student-athlete on the SMU rowing team. She hopes to gain valuable experience in data analysis in the SHARE lab and plans to return to Australia to complete a Master’s in Data Science once she graduates this summer.

Reese Giddens

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Reese is a rising Senior at the University of Georgia studying Psychology. Her research interests include eating disorders, body positivity, self-esteem and self-compassion, family science, and couples psychology. Reese will be rejoining the SHARE lab for the summer of 2022. She is applying to Clinical Psychology graduate programs in Fall 2022. In her free time, she loves to exercise, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family.

Kate Yurosek

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kate is a rising senior at SMU, majoring in biology and psychology with a minor in chemistry. She hopes to attend Physician Assistants school in the future. She is excited to join the SHARE Lab to work closely with the team and learn more about the implications of physiology within our relationships throughout our lives. In her free time, Kate enjoys trying new restaurants, going to the beach back home, and taking spin classes. 

Jacqueline Fidellow

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jacqueline is a senior undergraduate at SMU working towards her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience, Statistical Science, and Philosophy. She aims to enter graduate school to study developmental psychology. Jacqueline is excited to join the SHARE lab to gain more experience in the psychological research field and continue growing her knowledge about psychology. She enjoys playing with dogs, reading, driving, listening to music, and spending time with friends.