Yingying (Jennifer) Yang, Ph.D.

Lab Director

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Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University. Previously, she was a Research Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Developmental & Cognitive Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Psychology. 

Dr. Yang's research interests focus on spatial cognition in adults, children, and individuals with intellectual/learning disabilities. She is interested in observing how people interact with and remember their environment in both cognitive and developmental contexts.

Click here for Dr. Yang's recent publications.

Click here for Dr. Yang's abbreviated CV.

MSU Faculty Profile

Arielle Hershkovich

Graduate Research Assistant

Arielle Hershkovich is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. Arielle graduated from Touro College with her BA in 2020. Her research interests are in the field of cognitive development and neuropsychological assessments, and her clinical interests focus on evidence-based assessments, interventions, and prevention programs for adult and child psychopathology. As a graduate assistant at Dr. Yang's spatial development lab, Arielle is researching the spatial abilities of typically and atypically developing children. 

Nardin Yacoub

Graduate Research Assistant

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Sadaf Khawar, M.A., BCBA, NYS-LBA
 Graduate Research Assistant

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Nardin Yacoub is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. Nardin graduated with her BS in Biology from Penn State University in 2017 and obtained her MS in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2020. Her research interests include studying behavioral biomarkers of developmental disabilities such as autism and cognition in individuals with disabilities. 

Nardin’s clinical interests include the assessment and early intervention of autism as well as disseminating research to immigrant and underserved communities. As a graduate assistant for Dr. Yang, Nardin is studying the development of spatial skills, such as wayfinding, in children.

Sadaf (she/her/hers) is a 2nd year student in the Ph.D Program in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University. Sadaf received her B.S in Psychology from University of Houston and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Sadaf's clinical work in the last decade with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID), primarily autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has inspired her research interests which include investigating social cognition in youth with DD/ID, neural mechanisms that influence clinical presentation of ASD, evidence-based behavioral and psychosocial interventions for improving overall functioning, and comorbidities with ASD (mainly ADHD and anxiety). Additionally, Sadaf is keen to investigate the impact of ASD on parents and siblings of youth with ASD and explore evidence-based interventions to improve their quality of life. 

Lauren Grove

Graduate Research Assistant

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Lauren Grove is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. Lauren graduated with her BA in Psychology from Temple University in 2015 and obtained her MA in Clinical Psychology from Towson University in 2018. Her research and clinical interests are in forensic psychology with a focus on juvenile justice and forensic mental health assessment. As a graduate assistant for Dr. Yang, Lauren is researching the spatial abilities of Typically Developing children and children with Down Syndrome.  

Daria Lasc
 Graduate Research Assistant

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Daria Lasc is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. Daria graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2019 with her BS in Cognitive Science. Her research interests are in cognitive development and the development of early assessment and intervention tools for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her clinical interests are in neuropsychological assessment and child and adolescent psychopathology. As a graduate student for Dr. Yang, Daria is researching spatial abilities in typically developing children and children with Down Syndrome.

Stephanie Grinshpun
 Graduate Research Assistant

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Stephanie Grinshpun is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. Stephanie graduated from Lafayette College with her BS in 2021. Her research interests are in the field of interventions for adolescents with intellectual disabilities and her clinical interests focus on neurodevelopment disorders and early intervention and early assessment for autism spectrum disorder. As a graduate assistant for Dr. Yang’s, Stephanie is researching the spatial abilities of typically developing children and adolescents and young adults with Down Syndrome.

Jesujoba Olanrewaju

Research Assistant

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Jesujoba is a first-year master's student in the Clinical Psychology program with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology. He graduated with his BS in Psychology from the University of Ibadan in May 2013. He then completed an MS in Industrial & Organizational Psychology also from the University of Ibadan in February 2017. After completing his MA he plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in the understanding and care of children with psychopathology.

Melissa Czarnogursky

Research Assistant

Melissa was on Active Duty in the Army for 4 years, attaining the rank of Sergeant, then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for 2 years. She then transferred to Montclair State in Fall 2019, majoring in psychology. Her aspirations include becoming a clinical psychologist or counselor in the Army.

Kaitlynn Bohr

Research Assistant 

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Kaitlynn is a senior at Montclair State University, majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. She currently works as a teaching assistant at a prestigious tennis academy, and tutors athletes in all subjects for grades 5th through 12th. Kaitlynn is planning on continuing her education in psychology further by pursuing her Master's degree in School Psychology.

Rachel Freeman

Research Assistant

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Rachel Freeman is a senior at Montclair State University, majoring in Biology and minoring in psychology. She currently works as a teaching assistant for psychology and genetics courses. Rachel enjoys studying the biological basis of cognition and behavior, and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine or Clinical Psychology in the future. 

Karina Toro

Research Assistant

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Karina is a senior student at Montclair State University, who is majoring in psychology and minoring in social work. Karina wants to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on family and children therapy.

Jessica Charles

Research Assistant

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Jessica is a sophomore at Montclair State University as a Psychology major. After graduation, she plans to continue her education by going to a master’s degree program for Occupational Therapy.

Hafsa Abid

Research Assistant

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Hafsa is a junior at Montclair State University and is majoring in Psychology with a minor is Cognitive Science. After graduating she plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Samantha Glosser

Edwina Alog

Sierra Edwards

Genesis Rombola

Precious Iferika

Gomeo Lam

Baljeet Tooray

Catherine Rathjen

Pearl Christine McGee

Graduate Research Assistants
 

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