Undergraduate Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants participate in a variety of tasks in the lab. Students assist with the development of protocols, recruitment of research participants, run participants through experimental protocols, process and enter data into statistical software, and disseminate research findings through presentations at scientific conferences.

Aaliyah Blackwell
  • Aaliyah Blackwell
    Aaliyah Blackwell Undergraduate Assistant

    Aaliyah Blackwell graduated from Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama and is currently a senior undergraduate student at UAB. She is majoring psychology and expects to receive a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in December of 2016. After graduation, Aaliyah plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in counseling, focusing on children who struggle with behavior.

    “The TRIP lab has taught me about research and has also offered me guidance for the future. I have an amazing time working with a great team and I am grateful for this opportunity. “
    Piyush Borse
    • Piyush Borse
      Piyush Borse Undergraduate Assistant

      Piyush graduated from Ocean Springs High School, in Ocean Springs, MS, and is currently a senior undergraduate here at UAB. He is majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and Spanish. During his time at UAB he’s been involved in various student organizations and positions, from being a campus tour guide to teaching supplemental instruction, and has had the wonderful opportunity of being a part of the University Honors Program. Off campus,  he works and volunteers in Birmingham city schools as an ACT tutor. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school.


      The TRIP Lab has given me an opportunity to learn about cognitive behavioral aspects of neuroscience through the lens of research in psychology, as it pertains to applicably practical, everyday circumstances of driving. This offers a great supplement to the information I’m exposed to in my coursework. Furthermore, the entire team has been nothing short of welcoming, constantly encouraging me to develop more as a student, researcher and colleague.

      Delaney Diehl
      • Delaney Diehl
        Delaney Diehl Undergraduate Assistant

        Delaney graduated from Chelsea High School in Alabama and is currently a senior undergraduate student at UAB. She is majoring in psychology, with a minor in social psychology. After graduation, Delaney plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

        “Working in the TRIP lab has given me a tremendous insight towards the research side of psychology. This opportunity has greatly expanded my knowledge of developmental disabilities and driving performance, as well as showing me what it is like to work with a team.”

        Morgan Hawthorne
        • Morgan Hawthorne
          Morgan Hawthorne Simulator Programmer
          Morgan Hawthorne graduated from Thompson High School and is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at UAB. He is an active ACM member at the UAB chapter and is interested in Virtual Reality development and Artificial Intelligence. After graduation, Morgan plans to continue work on Virtual Reality or work on the development of AI.
          “While I have worked at the TRIP Lab I have gained a tremendous amount of hands on experience with Virtual Reality development as well as an appreciation for the research applications this technology presents. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people and learn more about research in psychology.”
          Chelsea Henderson
          • Chelsea Henderson
            Chelsea Henderson Undergraduate Assistant
            Chelsea graduated from Reeltown High School, and is now a senior undergraduate student at UAB. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Legal Affairs, hoping to attend law school in Fall 2017. Chelsea is an officer in her sorority, Sigma Kappa, a Senator in the Undergraduate Student Government Association, and a Psychology Tutor for UAB’s STEM Program.
            Working in the TRIP Lab has opened so many doors for me that I never thought I would be able to open as an undergraduate student. As a junior, I was able to dive right into the research world and receive hands-on experience. As a senior, I am able to branch out and do research in the Children’s Hospital Emergency Room. I would have never been granted these amazing opportunities if it weren’t for the TRIP Lab and it’s amazing director and graduate students.
            JaVarus Humphries
            • JaVarus Humphries
              JaVarus Humphries Undergraduate Assitant

              JaVarus Humphries graduated from Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery Alabama, and is currently a sophomore at UAB. He is pursuing a BS in Neuroscience and minors in Biology and Philosophy. JaVarus is a member of the Science and Technology Honors College program at UAB. After graduating, he hopes to attend medical school and continue his journey toward becoming a doctor.

              Jeff Martin
              • Jeff Martin
                Jeff Martin Undergraduate Assistant

                Jeff graduated from Hart County High School in Kentucky and is currently a sophomore undergraduate student at UAB. He is interested in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and marriage and family counseling. Upon graduation, Jeff plans to attend graduate school to further his education.

                “I am thrilled to have been invited to learn and work under the leadership of Dr. Stavrinos and the graduate students of the TRIP Lab. I am hopeful that I will become a treasured asset to the research team, and I am confident that I will leave with invaluable skills that will aid my future coursework and career.”

                Morgan Parr
                • Morgan Parr
                  Morgan Parr Undergraduate Assistant

                  Morgan Parr graduated from the Londonderry High School in New Hampshire, and is currently a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at UAB. She is the Service Chair Holder of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity,  and the service organization Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation from UAB, Morgan plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

                  “In my time spent at the TRIP Lab, I have been able to see how my current classes apply to real world research, such as using SPSS, writing research proposals, and developing scientific posters for presentation at conferences.”

                  Ashley Raby
                  • Ashley Raby
                    Ashley Raby Undergraduate Assistant

                    Ashley Raby graduated from Bob Jones High School. She is sophomore undergraduate student at UAB studying kinesiology. Ashley is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Kinesiology Student Association. After graduation, Ashley plans to obtain a Master’s degree in occupational therapy and specialize in pediatrics.

                    Working at the TRIP lab is a great experience for me because I am constantly learning about everything from researching to distracted driving. The skills I am learning in the lab will help me throughout college and in my future career.

                    Shawn Sharp
                    • Shawn Sharp
                      Shawn Sharp Simulator Programmer

                      Shawn is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Computer Science at UAB. He has worked for Fox 6 as a video producer, spent 6 years at Bellsouth Telecommunications as a network technician, and is currently gaining expertise in Virtual Reality development at UAB’s TRIPLab. He has ongoing memberships with both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He plans to focus on VR throughout his career and will seek a Masters degree in Computer and Information Sciences with a focus on Bioinformatics.

                      “Working at the UAB TRIP Lab continues to be a wonderful experience that has enabled me to utilize and gain expertise in Virtual Reality development via practical first-hand involvement. Linking the, sometimes far-removed, worlds of both psychology and computer science in this state-of-the-art lab has proven valuable and I continually look forward to working with such a tremendous team of accomplished individuals.”
                      Sarisa Willoughby
                      • Sarisa Willoughby
                        Sarisa Willoughby Undergraduate Assistant

                        Sarisa Willoughby graduated from Albertville High School in Albertville, Alabama. She is a senior undergraduate student at UAB majoring in Psychology. Sarisa has volunteered with after school programs for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Following her graduation, Sarisa plans to go on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology.

                        In the time I have been with the TRIP Lab, I have gained so much knowledge about research, driving, and the different aspects of developmental psychology. I have experienced what it is like to work with such a goal driven team and the hard work that goes into research. I greatly appreciate Dr. Stavrinos and her Graduate students for the opportunity to work with them.

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