STRIVE Lab Members

Evansha André

Graduate research assistant

My name is Evansha André. I am currently seeking a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology with a graduate track in Domestic Violence.  My research interests are in intimate relationships, domestic & intimate partner violence, as well as human trafficking. I hope to pursue a doctoral degree in the near future and to have a successful career in academia – research or teaching.

Kelli Dauphinais

Graduate research assistant

Kelli Dauphinais is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, where she is working towards her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Sociology. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her current research interests focus on societal attitudes toward victims of intimate partner violence. 

Ciara Peebles

Graduate research assistant

My name is Ciara, and I am currently a graduate student at UCF's Applied Sociology MA Program. My research interests involve everything criminology-specifically deviant behavior, victimology, media perception, and homicide/violent crimes. I hope to obtain a PhD in Criminology and want to continue doing research within the criminological field.

Hanifah Griffith

Graduate research assistant

Hanifah R.A. Griffith is currently a Sociology M.A. international graduate student at the University of Central Florida. Her main research interest is delving into the perceptions of mental health within the Ethnic Black community, as she was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, where she realized the negative perception of mental health caused many of her peers to suffer in silence. Her career goal is to travel the world informing individuals on the importance of mental health, by sharing research and personal stories. 

Andrea Smith

Graduate research assistant

My name is Andrea Smith. I am a Sociology MA student here at UCF.  I love research and have great interest in all things inequality, but I am currently focusing on how things like racial stereotypes and inequalities still persist in modern society, taking things like systematic racism into account. I hope to eventually receive a PhD in Sociology and pursue a career in academia where I will teach, serve and do research that could raise racial awareness and promote tolerance. When I'm not reading for classes or grading papers, I love to hula hoop dance and play board games. 

Amogh Nagol

Undergraduate research assistant

I am a sophomore with a Biomedical Sciences Major on the neuroscience track. My aspiration is to go on into med school to pursue a career to become a physician. I joined the STRIVE Lab to increase my research experience and learn about the sociological aspect of behavioral medicine such as human interactions and interpersonal relationships. My current research interests include how interpersonal stress can influence health/mental behaviors, aggression, and other social pains. 

Diamonde McCollum

Undergraduate research assistant

My name is Diamonde McCollum. I am a undergraduate student majoring in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in Crime, Law and Deviance. I desire to spread further awareness regarding mental health. I am interested in individuals who suffer from mental disorders and substance abuse. I aspire to open my own practice, after receiving my Ph.D and continuing forward with research.

Mackenzie Gomez

Undergraduate research assistant

Mackenzie Gomez is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Health Science with a minor in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Her current goal after graduation includes attending PA school and eventually working in the healthcare field as a Physician Assistant. Her interest in research is primary focused on learning more about the connection between the psychological and biological factors that affect health. 

Alexandra Sabal

Undergraduate research assistant

Alexandra Sabal is a double-major in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Criminal Profiling. She is a junior working on an Honors Thesis to further her research experience. Her plan is to attend graduate school to obtain her PsyD and open up her own practice. Her interests include: Behavioral Analysis, Criminal Profiling, Violence Against Women, and Substance Abuse.

Antiopi Christopoulos

Undergraduate research assistant

Antiopi Christopoulos is a Junior majoring in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include interpersonal relationships, personality, substance abuse, and developmental psychology. She aims to build a career in Psychology where she is able to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals.

Lafe Flores

Undergraduate research assistant

My name is Lafe’ Flores. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and pursuing a minor in Sociology. My goal is to become a Dentist and serve my community. I am interested in how research provides you with a broader understanding of not only behaviors, but the world.