Michelle Gaspar Jimenez

Michelle (she/hers) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at SDSU double majoring in psychology and criminal justice. She plans on applying to graduate programs this fall and eventually wants to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Some of her career interests include: developmental psychopathology, forensics, childhood maltreatment, and criminal behavior.

In her free time, she likes going to the beach, traveling, concerts, watching shows, thrifting, and spending time with friends and family.

Audrey Ruster

Audrey Ruster is a third-year majoring in Psychology. She is specifically interested in clinical and forensic psychology. She is also interested in working with at-risk youth and using evidence-based practices to aid in the overall well-being of marginalized communities. After her undergraduate studies, she plans on entering a Master’s  program in Psychology and eventually obtaining her PhD.

In her free time, she enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Alexis Zepeda

Alexis is a fourth-year student majoring in psychology. She is currently working as a behavior instructor, expanding her knowledge with ABA. She is interested in clinical psychology and mental health. She also recently became interested in having her own private practice in the future. After undergraduate, she plans to obtain her masters in psychology at SDSU and from there earn her PhD. Alexis is very eager to help others and learn a lot about research.

In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging with her friends, family, and dogs.

Paulina Vallejo

Paulina (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student in the Psychology BA program at SDSU. Her involvement as a psychology major sparked an interest in the research field, focusing on the effects of psychological neglect and abuse during childhood. Her research interests include personality disorders, mental health issues, childhood trauma, and coping strategies in adulthood. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and hopes to help individuals who experienced psychological distress during childhood.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and playing with her dog Philly.

David Straub

David Straub graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in history several years ago and has since decided to pursue a career in psychology. David plans to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology and wants to pursue a career that combines research and clinical practice.

David wants to become an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of trauma and to treat patients who suffer from it. David is especially interested in doing research to explore the relationship between childhood trauma and communication disorders. In time, David hopes to create a new modality for the treatment of communication disorders that melds standard SLP practice and trauma-based psychotherapy.

In his free time, David takes improv comedy classes, reads voraciously, meditiates, swims laps and goes to the beach whenever possible.

Valerie Tai

Valerie is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. She currently works as a registered behavior technician in ABA services. Some of her research interests include childhood maltreatment, the healthcare process/medical services, and the role of social media/technology on mental health and its services. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in healthcare/medical social work.
In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking outdoors, paddle boarding, and hanging out with friends and family.


Aisha Davenport

Aisha Is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. After graduating she hopes to  attend a graduate program that focuses on neuropsychology and aging. In her free time Aisha enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her dog.