Past Lab Members

Josh2_compressedJosh Balmforth
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interests
Clinical Psychology

Josh Balmforth is currently a sophomore at Utah Valley University. He is currently hoping to pursue a graduate degree, most likely in clinical or counseling psychology. He is currently employed at a residential treatment center for youth and is a psych intern at Provo Canyon Schools. 

IMG_9339-3097215657-O_compressedMari E. Miner
Fall 2013-Spring 2015
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interests
Neuropsychology

Mari E. Miner is a native of Utah Valley and is currently a Senior in the Behavioral Science Department at Utah Valley University. Mari began working with Dr. Hill in the fall of 2013 and has worked on several projects as an assistant and a lead. She hopes to continue on after her Bachelors to obtain a Ph.D in Neuroscience or Neuropsychology.



StevenSteven van Dijk

Steven van Dijk graduated from UVU with 3 parts psychology, 1 part Computer science. Steven now works with 3 parts Computer science, 1 part Psychology. Steven has left to volunteer with the Peace Corps as of June, 2015. Someday Steven will be a therapist helping robots find meaning.

 


BrandyBrandy
B. S. Behavioral Science
    Emphasis in Psychology

Brandy is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in behavioral science, with an emphasis in psychology. She plans to pursue a graduate degree, most likely in marriage and family therapy or counselor education. Her primary career goals are to become a therapist and a university professor. Brandy has gained substantial teaching and research experience throughout her undergraduate career. She has served as a teaching assistant and research lab manager for multiple semesters. She is currently assisting in course development and further cultivating her teaching skills. She is employed at a residential treatment program for adolescent girls. 

 


JesseJesse
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Internets
Affective States in Advanced Learning Technology
Jesse is a Utah Valley University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. He is currently attending graduate school at NCSU in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition program, working in Dr. Roger Azevedo’s SMART Lab. His current research interest is on measuring affective states in advanced learning technologies.

 



BrandonBrandon
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

 He is currently attending a graduate program in California after graduation, where he hopes to get a PhD in Psychology. During his academic career, he has focused on personality theory, neurological and cognitive psychology. He has attended both UVU and BYU and has done research on addiction recovery and neurology, eye movements, pedagogy related material, correlations between fear, stress, and control, and others. He is also involved with the Early Returned Missionary study, helping to craft ideas to be implemented in a new course on the psychology behind Eastern and Western religions, and is aiding in organizing portions of a course on conditioning. Outside of school, Brandon has preformed professionally in Operas and Musicals, performed with the BYU dance team, written a large portion of two separate books, and is working on building an expansion to his existing company.





GiovanniGiovanni

Giovanni is a Biotechnologist at Utah Valley University. He has a diverse set of interests, which include physiology, psychology, and culture within the human context, framed by interest on the promoting human wellbeing. He is originally from Colombia where he studied psychology and medicine, both at the National University of Colombia. When he moved to the United States, he had the fortune of being accepted in the Utah Valley University, where he finished Biotechnology. After being prepared for his graduate studies by serving as a research assistant in HPL, he got accepted in the Master of City and Metropolitan Planning program at the University of Utah. Since he joined the lab, he gained a whole new perspective on the psycho-physiology of learning. Working at the HPL was an enriching experience where he learned more about scientific methodology as well as the importance of teamwork.

 


Radison


Radison Parry
2013-2014
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Currently:
Graduate Psychology at the University of Utah

Research interests
Learning and Education for students with developmental disorders, ADHD, conduct and affective disorders, religion and interpersonal relationships

I have a passion for human-services and the helping industries. This passion has driven my educational pursuits in the study of Psychology, specifically the way individuals are interconnected and the role that this connection can play in the betterment of the individual and the collective whole. Recently I’ve developed an interest in learning and education and am now pursuing a graduate level degree in school psychology. My career goals are to work within the education system to assess and develop interventions to better enable the learning of students, both on the systematic and individual levels. Helping teachers to better adapt to and address the needs of their students, and empowering students with the skills to better engage in their learning process.

“Be engaged in the research process, work on meta-analyses if you can, in my experience this is the best type of research to prepare you for graduate school. Write and present and take advantage of all the opportunities you can. Your research experience might not just be key to getting you into graduate school, but also receiving funding and getting a job. I had no intention of doing any research during my undergraduate years, but the work I did with HPL has opened a lot of doors and created a lot of opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”


ColtColt
B. S. Behavioral Science
    Emphasis in Psychology

Currently:
Graduate school at Utah State University 
Educational Leadership and Special Education


Colt was born and raised in New Mexico where many of his classmates and friends from high school and college were Latino or Navajo, he has an interesting perspective in psychology. His professional goals include becoming a quantitative psychologist working in education.  He is grateful and excited to be a new member of the HPL! Already he is learning so much and enthusiastically looks forward to where this experience will take him.

“Take any research and extra opportunities that realistically fit your schedule. Do all you can to set yourself apart and role play interviews.”


ShaylaShayla
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Shayla’s career goals are related to human resources.

  “I am so glad I chose to study psychology at UVU. I have enjoyed all of my classes and I love learning about something that is directly applicable to real life. It’s taught me how to work with people, especially in groups; and also how to present in front of a classroom or any type of setting. Participating in research for Dr. Hill was a great experience. I learned how to work hand in hand with a professor and independently study something that I am interested in. I would highly recommend it!”



PaulPaul
B. S. Behavioral Science
     Emphasis in Psychology

Research Interests:
Neuropsychology