STRIVE Lab Members


Madelyn Diaz

Graduate research assistant

Madelyn is a Ph.D. student in Sociology studying within the Crime and Deviance track at the University of Central Florida, where she also received her M.A. in Applied Sociology and B.A. in Criminal Justice. She is a former Department of Homeland Security intern, U.S. Marshals intern, and recently served as managing editor for Homicide Studies. Her research interests include human trafficking, the criminology of place, interpersonal violence, and quantitative methodologies. 


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. 

Sarah Da Silva

Graduate research assistant

My name is Sarah. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology with a graduate track specialization in Medical Sociology. Some of my current research interests include grappling with racial inequalities, intersectionality, and mental health disparities. I hope to one day become a scholar who makes known the need for equity through innovative work within education and health institutions.

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. 

Elana Gabriel

Undergraduate research assistant

My name is Elana Gabriel. I am a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Psychology on a clinical track. I am passionate about understanding and helping others in a proactive way, and I feel that research is a major steppingstone in doing this. Additionally, I am interested in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and understanding techniques for mental health treatment, especially in those who suffer from trauma, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence.

Isabeau Tyndall

Undergraduate research assistant

Isabeau is a first year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She is interested in human behavior and how our interpersonal interactions affect human physical and mental health. Her philosophy is that understanding what makes others tick is vital to creating a more inclusive and blissful world, which is essential to her interest in research. Isabeau is passionate about advocating for others who are treated unfairly: human, animal, and environment. Outside of academia, her interests include theatre, animal rights, and crafting.

Diamonde McCollum

Undergraduate research assistant

Diamonde McCollum is a psychology major, with a minor in crime, law and deviance. She is a senior working on her Honors Undergraduate Thesis. Her plan is to attend graduate school to obtain her PhD in clinical psychology. She plans to further investigate the impact of trauma and adverse conditions on marginalized children.

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.