Lab Team

Jaclyn Farrens – Lab Manager & Research Specialist

In 2011 Jaclyn joined Steve Luck’s lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant working with Dr. Kappenman. In 2013 she graduated from UC Davis, where she received her B.A. in English and B.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation, she became the Lab Manager for Dr. Luck’s lab and continued her research with Dr. Kappenman full time as a Junior Specialist. In 2016, she moved to San Diego to continue her work with Dr. Kappenman at SDSU as a full time Research Assistant and Lab Manager. She plans to attend graduate school in the coming years.


Wendy Zhang – Graduate Student

Wendy is a first-year student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She got her Bachelor of Social Sciences in psychology and fine arts from the University of Hong Kong in China. She is primarily interested in how disturbances in sensory processing interact with abnormalities in cognitive and emotional processes in psychotic and affective disorders. She is also highly interested in EEG/ERP data processing and analysis. In the long term, Wendy aspires to bring research and education in clinical psychology to less developed parts of the world. 


Emily Meissel – Graduate Student

Emily is interested in using behavioral and cognitive neuroscience techniques to understand the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Upon graduation, Emily interned in Dr. Daniel Gilbert’s lab at Harvard University and has been working as a Lab Manager in Dr. Stewart Shankman’s lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago since September 2015. Emily is excited to join Dr. Kappenman’s lab in Fall 2017 as a first year student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.


Chelsea Carter – Graduate Student

Chelsea is an incoming graduate student in the Master’s Program in Psychology. Chelsea attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she majored in both Psychology and Communication. She was a member of the College of Letters and Science’s Honors Program and was a research assistant in Dr. Hegarty’s Spatial Thinking Lab. Since graduating in 2015, Chelsea has been working as a case manager for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as mental health diagnoses. Upon completion of the Master’s Program at SDSU, Chelsea hopes to attend a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.


Raphael picRaphael Geddert – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Raphael Geddert is an ASPIRE scholar in his senior year at UC Davis. In 2014 he joined Dr. Kappenman’s team and will continue working with her remotely from Dr. Luck’s lab in Davis. He is currently working on his senior thesis project and plans on attending medical school after graduation.


Former Staff

AmandaNgAmanda Ng – Junior Specialist

Amanda joined the lab as a Junior Specialist in the Fall of 2015. She has her B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University and her M.A. from San Francisco State University’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior program. In the Summer of 2016 she left Dr. Kappenman’s lab for a position at Stanford University.


DanielDaniel Kapulkin – Assistant Technical Specialist

Daniel joined the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in 2013. In 2014 he was promoted to Assistant Technical Specialist. In 2015 he graduated from UC Davis, where he received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduation, he took a position with National Instruments and moved to Austin, TX with his cat, Aurora.


Former Undergraduate Assistants

Adam Govani Fall 2012 – Winter2016
Alejandro Lopez Spring 2014 – Winter 2015
Alexandra Luong Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Anthony Rosefeld Fall 2013 – Summer 2013
Ashley Symons Fall 2011 – Summer 201
Brian Trinh Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
Celeste Hackenberg Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
Colette Kohanim Fall 2012 – Winter 2013
Connie Choi Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Daniel Kapulkin Fall 2013 – Summer 2015
Dylan Cheng Fall 2013 – Summer 2014
Erika Arnold Fall 2014 – Spring 2016
Garrett O’Day Spring 2014 – Spring 2015
Jennifer Windus Winter 2013 – Summer 2014
Krystal Wulf Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
Livon Hermezi Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
Mark Cubillan Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
Mercy Huang Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Noel Elrod Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Sasha Mikhailova Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Scott Phillips Winter 2013 – Spring 2013
Shaun Capaul Winter 2013 – Summer 2013
Sheila Fakurnejad Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
Tyler Freitas Winter 2014 – Spring 2014
Zane Xie Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

If you are interested in joining Dr. Kappenman’s lab or want to find out more about our research, please email Jaclyn at or call 619-594-2445 for more information.