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.

1st-year Graduate Student

Iris is a first-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.

1st-year Graduate Student

Sumaiyah is a first-year 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.

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. He is interested in pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience. 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. He loves playing video games and watching an online content group called Rooster Teeth.

 

Taylor Brown, B.A.

Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology

Taylor is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. 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.

 

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.

Caroline Presson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caroline is a senior at SMU pursuing her B.S. in biological sciences with a minor in psychology with plans to attend medical school. She joined the lab through the Summer Research Intensive program and hopes to gain research experience and learn more about health psychology.

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.

Daniel Latour

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniel is a senior at SMU studying biochemistry with plans to attend medical school. He joined the lab with the focus of furthering his understanding of health and relationship psychology through psychological research. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing the piano, and going on adventures 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.