Leyla Boyar & Maxfield Gormley


Leyla (she/her) is a fourth year Psychology major and Study of Religion minor! Outside of being one of the Editors in Chief for URJP, she is a Research Assistant in Dr. Katherine Karlsgodt’s Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience Lab, and a Co-President for the UCLA Equestrian Team. When she’s not in lab or at the barn, she loves to read, try new coffee shops, and travel. A fun fact about her is that she actually has triple citizenship in the United States, Australia, and Turkey!

Maxfield is a fourth year at UCLA majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Aside from the URJP he is an editor for the Bruin Review and a research assistant for the Social and Affective Neuroscience lab! In his free time he enjoys cooking, drawing, Civilization VI, visiting his hometown in Massachusetts and exploring the nature areas around LA! His post-graduation plans forecast a possible Masters or Doctorate of Psychology degree.

Irene Chang & Jeffrey Yang

Associate Editors-in-Chief

Irene Chang (she/her) is a 3rd year Psychobiology Major, Applied Developmental Psychology and Gerontology double minor from Fremont, California. Outside of URJP, she is Co-President of Community Health Collective, Logistics Director of Chinese American Culture Night, a volunteer with Expressive Movement Initiative, a research assistant for the Language and Cognitive Development Lab, and a member of UCLA Music of China, Synthesis Dance Theater, and LA Hacks. Irene aspires to become a Pediatrician and continue volunteering with her passion for dance and music.


Jeffrey Yang (he/him/his) is a third year Computational and Systems Biology major with a minor in Statistics. He is from Cupertino, California. His interests include Neuroscience, Psychology, and Computational Sciences, and outside of URJP, he enjoys research in the Buonomano and Gandal Lab, looking into topics such as cortical timing and risk factors for ASD. In his free time, he enjoys running and playing basketball, and after graduation, his plans include graduate school and industry work.


Keira Minamizono-von Imbior

Staff Director

Keira Minamizono-von Imbior (she/her) is a third year psychology major and labor studies minor from Pasadena, CA. Outside of URJP, Keira is a research assistant at the UCLA Social Relations Lab and at the Management & Organizations track of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She also previously worked as a research assistant at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Through these opportunities, Keira has been able to develop and refine her research interests: intersectionality, gender, race & ethnicity, interpersonal relationships, and social identity & expression. After graduating, she plans to pursue a PhD in organization management or social psychology.


Jahred Rosa-Sullivan & Abheri Setlur

Directors of Submissions and Workshops

Jahred (he/him/his) is a fourth year student majoring in psychology major and minoring in the study of religion. He is from Plymouth, Massachusetts and enjoys being with family and friends, particularly when it involves going on nature walks, laying out in the sunshine, or listening and dancing to music. Jahred intends to enroll in doctoral programs in social or cognitive psychology after spending a few years conducting research, assisting in academic administration, and volunteering in social welfare programs.

Abheri’s bio and picture are coming soon!


Hanna Liu

Directors of Marketing and Finance

Hanna (she/her) is currently a second year Cognitive Science major with a Digital Humanities minor from the Bay Area. Outside of URJP, she is a graphic designer at the Daily Bruin and part of the design team in Innovative Design. She hopes to pursue UX/UI design after graduation and would love to continue working on creative projects in the future.


Tarangini Arunachalam

Social Chair

Tarangini (she/her) is a 2nd year psychology major. She is from Long Island, New York. In her free time, she enjoys reading and cooking. After graduation, Tarangini hopes to go to grad school and eventually work with children.


OUR 2021-2022 TEAM



Giovanni Anguiano

Gio is a third-year psychology major with plans on building a career in UX Research. His current work involves brand development and marketing. He plans to receive his masters in Human-Computer Interactions following graduation. A fun fact about him is that he’s good at mimicking different accents.

Michelle Rivera-Lomeli

Michelle Rivera Lomeli (She/Her/Hers) is a fourth-year neuroscience major and biomedical research minor interested in conducting graduate-level research on the effects of early adverse experiences on cortical development and plasticity. Outside of URJP, she is involved in different mentorship and tutoring organizations including Bruin Partners. Michelle is originally from San Diego, and one of her favorite activities is to read a great book while drinking a cup of coffee from her favorite hometown cafe.

Cheryl Sun

Cheryl Sun is an international student from Shanghai, China and uses she/her/hers pronoun. Cheryl is a third-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in psychology, and she is an editor at URJP. She is primarily interested in the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology and how social elements affect the clinical outcomes of mental illnesses. Cheryl currently works for UCLA TIES (Training, Intervention, Education, and Services) for Families and UCLA CARE (Culture And Race/Ethnicity) in Youth Mental Health Lab and studies mental health in youth.

Angelina Meng

Angelina (she/her) is a second year Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy. Besides being a URJP editor, she is also a research assistant at the Brain and Body Lab and a member of Psi Chi. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to pursue a degree in developmental or clinical psychology. In her free times, she enjoys watching musicals and hiking!

Matilde Forcina

My name is Matilde Forcina, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am from Rome, Italy. I am a first year undergraduate student majoring in psychology, and planning to minor in Neuroscience. After graduation I am planning to go to graduate school and pursue a career in research psychology.

Haryn Shin

Haryn is a second-year Cognitive Science major with a minor in Digital Humanities. Outside of URJP, she is a data journalist at Daily Bruin and an undergraduate research assistant at a cognitive neuroscience lab. She hopes to develop a career in UX/UI design and data science. In her free time, she loves to travel, dance, and sing karaoke with her friends.

Christine Eun

Christine (She/Her) is a second year Psychology and Political Science double major from Greenbelt, MD. Outside of URJP, Christine is an undergraduate research assistant for a social psychology study focused on hormonal influences on cognitive function as well as a NIH funded neuroimaging study conducted at Semel Institute. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual JD/PhD degree in Law and Clinical Psychology. A fun fact about Christine is that her favorite store is Ikea!

Joel Sitanggang

Born and raised in the lush archipelago nation of Indonesia, Joel Sitanggang (he/him) is a first year transfer majoring in Psychology with ambitious ideations for the future. He is a ball of flamboyant energy with a penchant for table-top role-playing games, eclectic internet subcultures, and biting off more than he can chew. His favorite activity involves spreading himself too thin, so you can easily catch him engaged in numerous other clubs on campus; when you do, do not be afraid to spark a conversation, and you might just make a new companion.

Pauline Vartany

Pauline (she/her) is a third year Psychology major with minors in Cognitive Science and Musicology from Santa Clarita, California. Outside of URJP, she is a research assistant at the ADHD and Development Lab and hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology. A fun fact is that she once planted trees in a village in Armenia.

Christina Feng

Christina Feng (she/her) is a third-year Psychology student minoring in Brain and Behavioral Health. Apart from being an editor at URJP, she is also a Research Assistant at the Wassum Lab at UCLA and is interested in going to graduate school to research how brain circuits adapt to the environment to make decisions– and how these brain circuits are affected by mental health disorders. She loves to learn about the chemistry of baking (and participate in it!) and is trying to rekindle her past hobby of digital drawing.

Lauren Tran

Lauren Tran (she/her), is a third year psychobiology major and neuroscience minor and is a part of the editing team at URJP. Outside of URJP, she is a scribe at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and is a staff member at SPACE of UCLA’s Samahang Pilipino. In the future, she plans to continue to medical school and eventually adopt 10 dogs.

Iwanka Iwanojko

Iwanka (she/her/hers) is a third year college student and a first-year transfer student from Sacramento majoring in pre-psychology. Outside of URJP, she is also an editor for Grey Matters. She works as an RA for the UCLA Language Processing Lab and the UCLA Multisensory Processing Lab. After she graduates, she plans to attend graduate school for behavioral neuroscience and conduct research relating to neuroplasticity and cognitive optimization. In her free time, she likes to rock climb and surf wherever the West Coast takes her!

Mario Peng Lee

I’m a third-year international student from Argentina. I’m majoring in Ling & CS and Psychology minoring in Data Science Engineering. Besides URJP, I’m part of ACM AI, AI Safety at UCLA, and UPE. I am interested in studying Artificial Intelligence as a tool to understand human behavior. I plan to pursue a phD in Computer Science or related fields after graduation. In my free time, I like weightlifting, photography, game design, music, and cooking.

Eline Davina Budi

Eline(she/her) is a senior at UCLA majoring in Psychology, minoring in Linguistics. She’s from Surabaya, where the weather is hot and the food is even hotter. Her hobbies include singing, binging a bunch of shows, gymming, and trying out new food spots.

Amber Gan

Amber (she/her) is a fourth-year Psychology major with a minor in Brain and Behavioral Health. Outside of URJP, she is involved as a Research Assistant for both the Memory and Cognition Lab as well as the Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ADRC) at UCLA. She plans to work in a research lab after graduation with the goal of pursuing graduate studies subsequently. Her personal interests include reading, completing jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Annie Liang

Annie (she/her) is a first-year English and Psychology major. Beyond being a URJP editor, she is also a poetry editor for a literary magazine, a singer-song writer of a post-punk band, and the point guard of a basketball team. In her free time, she reads Shakespeare, watches New Wave films, and fluffs her hair. She plans to go to law school after graduation.

Cecilia Lin

Cecilia (she/her) is a 3rd year (1st year transfer) Cognitive Science major from the Bay Area, CA. In her free time, she loves hiking, studying at coffee shops, and cooking healthy meals. She is also passionate about practicing sustainability. In the future she hopes to pursue a masters in Human-Computer interaction or UX design, and ultimately a career in product design at a health-related company. A fun fact about her is that she is an identical twin!



Submissions and Workshops

Chloe Retika

Chloe (she/her/hers) is a third year Psychobiology major, Neuroscience minor from the Bay Area. She has the honor of being 1 of 20 undergraduates in the UCLA Psychology Department accepted into the PROPS 2023 Cohort. Currently, she works in the Knowlton Cognitive Neuroscience lab, using tDCS to study cognitive control and value-directed memory, and the thinkSMART Program in Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she leads sessions meant to help youth with executive functioning weaknesses. Chloe has just finished applying to graduate school, and hopes to earn a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience. A fun fact about Chloe is that she has a drastic phobia of gummy bears.

Kainoa MacDonald

Kainoa “Noa” MacDonald (he/him) is a junior from San Diego, currently studying psychology at UCLA. Outside of URJP, Noa is conducting independent research and enjoys the gym, surfing, and reading. After graduation, Noa intends on earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, as he is interested in studying psychopathology.

Emma Kwang

Emma (she/her) is a second year majoring in Psychology, she is an international student from Hong Kong. Outside of URJP, she is involved in an Asian Pacific health volunteer club, and plays the violin in an orchestra. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in the either the clinical psychology or industrial and organizational psychology field.

Sophi Whitman

Sophi (she/her) is a second year Psychobiology major from Beverly Hills, Michigan. Aside from working with URJP, she is involved in the Interaxon club at UCLA and the pre-Physician Assistants club. After graduation, she plans on an attending graduate school and possibly earning her Ph.D in Psychology.


Marketing and Finance

Ted Song

Ted Song (he/him) is a junior cognitive science major from Cypress, CA. Outside of URJP, he is a member of the visual arts and media committee at UCLA Kristos Campus Missions, the web designer at UCLA Korean Culture Night, a UX designer at UCLA Radio, a designer for the Daily Bruin, and a design consultant at Bear UCLA. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in user experience design and product design.

Jordan Hoang

Jordan (she/her) is a 3rd year psychobiology major from Hastings on Hudson, NY. Outside of URJP, Jordan is a research assistant at the Center of Mental Health in Schools and a publicity director for WYSE, a mentorship program focused on empowering local middle school girls. In the future, Jordan hopes to pursue a career in clinical or health psychology and start her own clinic. In her free time, she enjoys reading, taking film photos, and looking for the best coffee shops in LA.