Current Officers

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President: Kathleen Phan

Hi my name is Kathleen Phan! I am a 4th year, Cognitive Science and Biology double major. I’ve worked in Dr. Ray Gibb’s lab, studying multi-modal perception and embodiment cognition, for almost 3 years. I personally research motor mimesis theory, with regards to embodied simulation and sound! I am also in the process of applying to medical school and I will be graduating in Spring! For the future, I hope to be able to combine my passion for helping others with my interest in cognitive psychology and the hard sciences– hopefully making the world a slightly better place! When I am not in school, I love running, reading, baking and sleeping (I’ll be honest). And I am also an orangutan and dog obsessive! If you see me in lab or around campus, don’t be afraid to say hi!

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Vice-President: Andrew Rocha 

Andrew Rocha is a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Andrew’s passion for psychology can be traced back to his interests with human behavior as a child. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Andrew works as an intern with the United Way, and works part-time on campus. During his spare time, Andrew likes to run, read, and spend time with family.  His ultimate goal is to become an Industrial Organizational Psychologist to help employees thrive in the workplace, ultimately helping both people and organizations reach success. 


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Treasurer: Melissa Newton

My name is Melissa Newton and I am a fourth year Intensive Psychology major. I am wonderfully fascinated by virtually all facets of psychology and I love learning as much as I can on subjects in the field, particularly topics such as perception, gender, race, facial recognition, relationships, media, and mental health. I am a returning Peer Educator with CAPS this year where I give workshops on topics of wellness and mental health, and do work on de-stigmatizing mental illness. This is my second year working in the School Racial Climate Lab with Dr. Byrd on campus, and we’re researching issues of race, discrimination, microagressions, and school climate. I plan on going to graduate school to pursue a career in clinical psychology. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading, making and selling soap, researching dinosaurs, foraging wild food, and working on earning my certification in Massage Therapy.

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Secretary: Madison Holdredge

 Hi, I’m Madison! I am a fourth year Intensive Psychology student with an Education minor. I am currently a research assistant in Dr. Benjamin Storm’s lab where we study retrieval-induced forgetting in human memory and cognition. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s in School Psychology. However, I hope to eventually receive my Ph.D and become a children’s clinical psychologist. In my studies, I am most interested in examining cross-cultural contexts, rather than relying simply on a Western/Eurocentric way of thinking. Along with  being an officer in Psi Chi and a research assistant, I am also a residential assistant in Porter College. In my free time I enjoy reading memoirs, drinking too much coffee, and destroying the patriarchy. I hope to get the chance to connect with you all soon!

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Publicity Officer: Holly Pike

Hi! I’m Holly, a fourth year Cognitive Science and Computer Science double major. I came to UCSC always planning to study psychology, but spent time on other electives and found that I really loved problem solving, which sparked my interest in using technology as a tool in psychological research. Currently, I’m using machine learning algorithms to analyze lie detection data, and I have an internship working with Merrill College. In my free time I like to completely forget about my school stress while hiking, kayaking, or reading anything other than a textbook. I’m planning to continue on to graduate school, but so far my professional interests are exceptionally broad. I look forward to meeting you all as Publicity Officer, so say hey if you see me on campus!

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