Yay, science!


SPAH Laboratory members come from a variety of academic backgrounds. They include undergraduates and post-baccalaureates. All share deep curiosity about psychological science, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a strong team. And did we mention enthusiasm?!


Benita Jackson, PhD MPH

Research Assistants

Anna Peel '22, Lab Coordinator
Major(s): Psychology and Studio Art

Anna is interested in contributing to psychological research examining the intersection between societal conditions and individuals’ health behaviors as well as psychological well-being. She was an active member of the Student Government Association as an undergraduate and thoroughly enjoys painting commissioned portraits.

Leyla Akin ’23
Major(s): Psychology and Spanish

Leyla is interested in studying how the natural environment affects people’s health and psychological well-being. She also has a passion for languages and learning about different cultures. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and taking outdoor walks.

Lana Sabbah ’23
Major(s): Biology and Psychology

Lana is deeply committed to better understanding and addressing the mental health consequences of war-related trauma and its integral role in promoting public health. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, and embroidery.

Maya Kiernan ‘22
Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Environmental Science and Policy

Maya is interested in researching how the environments individuals live and work in affect their mental and physical well-being and how socioeconomic status can often determine people's environmental surroundings. She is also passionate about design and sustainability and, in her free time, enjoys small-scale farming and pottery.