Notable in the ARL

Two of the ARL graduate students are starting their internships in Fall 2022! Talia Ariss (left) successfully matched to VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. Dani Kang (right) successfully matched to the University of Washington clinical psychology internship.

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Walter James Venerable III successfully proposed his dissertation: Longitudinal examination of attachment, social reward, and alcohol consumption in young adults.

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Dani Kang successfully proposed her dissertation: Understanding a neurocognitive marker of alcohol cue salience: A combined laboratory-ambulatory investigation.

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Talia Ariss’ paper exploring the impact of alcohol on gaze behavior was accepted to the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

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Lab alum Coco Yu’s meta-analysis examining the validity of transdermal alcohol sensor data was accepted to the journal Addiction.

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Rashmi Ghonasgi graduated from the University of Illinois with distinction, and earned honorable mention in the LAS undergraduate research symposium competition.

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December 2019 ARL All-Star: Eddie Caumiant

Eddie joined our team in the Spring of 2018. He has been involved in many aspects of our work—from phone screening to recruitment to machine learning to running participants through the ambulatory arm of our study. In addition to his willingness to wear many different hats in the ARL, he always puts in the time and effort to produce high-quality work. Aside from being named ARL All-Star, Eddie will be taking on the dual role of undergraduate lab manager and honors student over the coming semesters. We are so grateful for the work he has done and excited to see all of the things he will do in the future! Congratulations, Eddie!

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December 2019 ARL of the Month: Sam Stearns

Sam has been a member of the ARL Team since the Fall of 2018. Sam’s innovative nature and dedication to the lab are some of the reasons he was chosen as an Achieving Research Leader. If you’ve seen our Harm Reduction Strategies posts on Facebook, seen our flyers around campus, or been handed a free water bottle, many of these ideas and designs have come from Sam! Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Sam! We are grateful to have you on our team.

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September 2019 ARL of the Month: Paige Patano

Paige Patano has been a member of the Alcohol Research Lab Team since the Summer of 2018. In addition to her role as Recruitment Head, Paige conducts phone screen interviews, helps manage our e-mail account, and has helped run participants through our alcohol administration study! When she’s not at the lab, you can find her recruiting participants on Green Street! We would like to congratulate Paige for being named the Achieving Research Leader for the month of September. We appreciate all that you do for the lab!

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May 2018 ARL All-Star: Kaleigh Wilkins

Kaleigh Wilkins, the first ARL All-Star, has been a member of the Alcohol Research Lab Team for five semesters. In addition to her role as the undergraduate lab manager, Kaleigh has continuously demonstrated her willingness to go above and beyond. Kaleigh dedicated most weekends of her senior year to playing the role of a main experimenter during our experimental sessions. She was involved in phone-screening participants, recruitment, protocol improvement and implementation, and exemplified leadership skills and passion for her work beyond what you’d expect of an undergraduate student. Most recently, she completed her honors thesis and presented a poster at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Kaleigh is also deeply devoted to social justice and community well-being, a commitment that was recently recognized by the psychology department faculty as she was selected to receive the prestigious Clinical/Community Program Community Action Award. She has been a model undergraduate research assistant and a role model for her peers. As a result of all her hard work and unwavering dedication, Kaleigh will be pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University this coming fall. While we’ll miss her dearly in the lab, we’re so proud of everything she has accomplished and would like to congratulate her for completing her undergraduate career this semester!

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May 2018 ARL of the Month: Menghan Luo
Menghan Luo, the ARL of the Month, has been a member of the Alcohol Research Lab Team for five semesters. She was among the first people in the lab to become FACS certified. Her dedication to the lab extends beyond her expertise in FACS coding, though. Menghan has been an important member of our team, helping run experimental sessions, phone-screening participants, and, most recently, sifting through thousands of journal articles to determine their eligibility for a meta-analysis. Menghan will be continuing her work in the lab as a FACS coder this summer. We’d like to congratulate her on the completion of her undergraduate career this semester and thank her for the countless hours she has devoted to our lab over the past few years.

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Eddie Caumiant (left), Yiduo Chen (middle), Alyssa Bathery (right)

March 2018 ARL of the Month: Yiduo Chen

Yiduo Chen has been in the lab for three semesters. She wears many hats in the Alcohol Research Lab and most recently has taken on roles as our primary speech coder and screening/recruitment team reminder coordinator. She has excelled at every task with which she’s been presented and we’re very lucky to have her on our team! We’d like to congratulate her on her well-deserved title of the Alcohol Research Lab “Achieving Research Leader” for the month of March!

Honorable Mentions: Eddie Caumiant & Alyssa Bathery

We are fortunate to have many dedicated and talented undergraduate research assistants, making it difficult to choose just one March ARL, so we have a couple honorable mentions! Alyssa Bathery, an ARL research assistant for the past three semesters, has been a high-achieving member of the screening/recruitment team and has been working tirelessly to train our new undergraduate research assistants. Eddie Caumiant just joined our lab this semester and has been making tremendous strides in the few short weeks he’s been a part of the screening/recruitment and follow-up teams.

Thanks for all of your hard work Yiduo, Alyssa, and Eddie!

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Undergrad Kaleigh Wilkins presented her research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Atlanta.

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ARL 2017 Holiday Party!

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Annie became officially certified as our new FACS coder. Congratulations!

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Kaleigh and Talia became officially certified as FACS coders!

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Dani Kang wins the 2016 Laura Bolton research award!

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The lab celebrates the end of the semester with a cake. Hurray!