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The Close Relationships and Health Lab

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Heidi Kane

Dr. Heidi Kane

Dr. Kane, the director of the Close Relationships and Health lab, is an assistant professor in psychological sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. She received her BA in psychology from Rhodes College and her PhD in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following graduate school, Dr. Kane was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before coming to UT Dallas, she was a research scientist in the psychology department at Wayne State University in Michigan. See Dr. Kane’s bio on the BBS website.

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Doctoral Students


Samantha Helfers

Samantha Helfers

Samantha Helfers is a third-year student in the psychological sciences doctoral program. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Tyler with a BA in psychology in the spring of 2016. Samantha is interested in interpersonal relationship functioning in terms of positive psychology (i.e. gratitude, optimism, and flourishing).

Katie White

Katie White

Katie White is a second-year, doctoral student in the psychological sciences program. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2017 from Creighton University with a BA in psychology. Katie’s research interests include identity construction in romantic relationships, conflict resolution, attachment styles, and the impact of relationships on public health.

Master’s Students


Kaiya Hughes

Kaiya Hughes

Kaiya Hughes is a first-year student in the psychological sciences masters program. She graduated from Baylor University with a BS in psychology in the fall of 2017. Kaiya’s research interests include diversity, discrimination and health disparities. She is particularly interested in how race can play a role in the quality of services patients receive.

Marcus Hjalber

Marcus Hjalber

Marcus Hjalber is a first-year masters student in the psychological sciences program. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with a BA in psychology. His interests include relationships and public health.

Anusheh Ali

Anusheh Ali

Anusheh Ali is a first-year masters student in the psychological sciences program. She graduated in the spring of 2018 from Hendrix College with a BA in psychology. Anusheh’s research interests include close social relationships and their impact on mental health and well-being.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Haley Barton

Haley Barton

Haley Barton is a senior at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in psychology and child learning and development. Haley plans to continue on to graduate school and earn a PhD

Tiffany Bui

Tiffany Bui

Tiffany Bui is a freshman neuroscience major at UTD. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. She hopes to attend medical school after graduation.

Kristine Chau

Kristine Chau

Kristine Chau is a junior at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in psychology and plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Rayan Chowdhury

Rayan Chowdhury

Rayan Chowdhury is a senior at UT Dallas. He joined the lab in Summer 2018. He is majoring in psychology. He would like to go to medical school after graduation.

Maria Del Mundo

Maria Del Mundo

Maria del Mundo is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in Spring 2018. She is majoring in healthcare studies and would like to pursue an MD/MPH after graduation.

Hannah Early

Hannah Early

Hannah Early is a junior at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Fall 2017. She is majoring in psychology. After graduation, Hannah would like to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Reece Fish

Reece Fish

Reece is a junior at UTD. He is majoring in psychology with a minor in visual arts. He is particularly interested in mental health with a focus in positive psychology. He intends to pursue a master’s degree in counseling after graduation.

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes is a senior at UTD majoring in psychology with a minor in criminology. He hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in counseling psychology.

Kaivalya Gudooru

Kaivalya Gudooru

Kaivalya is a junior UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Spring 2018. She is majoring in biochemistry and aspires to go to medical school after graduation.

Brianna Hubiera

Brianna Hubiera

Brianna Hubiera is a junior at UTD. She joined the lab in Fall 2018. She is majoring in healthcare studies and plans to attend nursing school after graduation.

Vanessa Idigbe

Vanessa Idigbe

Vanessa Idigbe is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in Fall of 2018. She is pursuing a double degree in healthcare studies and neuroscience and would like to attend medical school after graduation.

Gowri Kalyani

Gowri Kalyani

Gowri Kalyani is a sophomore at UTD and joined the lab in Spring 2018. She is majoring in healthcare studies and wishes to pursue an MD after graduation.

Malvika Kumar

Malvika Kumar

Malvika Kumar is a junior at UTD. She joined the Lab Spring 2019 and is majoring in cognitive science. She plans on attending medical school to become a pediatrician or a psychiatrist after graduation.

Zohra Lasi

Zohra Lasi

Zohra Lasi is a junior at UT Dallas, who joined our lab in Spring 2019. She will finish her degree as a double major in psychology and child development and intends to be a licensed child psychologist in the near future.

Brianna Lewis

Brianna Lewis

Brianna is a junior at UTD, currently working on her BS in psychology. She plans on pursuing an MS in psychotherapy after she graduates.

Sarthak Mattagajasingh

Sarthak Mattagajasingh

Sarthak Mattagajasingh is a junior at UT Dallas. He joined the lab in Spring 2017. He is pre-medical student majoring in molecular biology, and would like to go to medical school after graduation.

Anushah Mizra

Anushah Mizra

Anushah Mirza is a sophomore at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. Majoring in neuroscience, she hopes to go on to medical school and become a pediatrician.

Jasmine Nguyen

Jasmine Nguyen

Jasmine Nguyen is a junior at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in neuroscience and would like to go to medical school after graduation.

Dharak Patel

Dharak Patel

Dharak is a junior at UTD. He joined the lab in Spring 2019 and is majoring in biology. Dharak is pursuing medical school and hopes to either be a cardiologist, oncologist, or a pediatrician.

Darian Poe

Darian Poe

Darian Poe is a senior at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in summer of 2018. She is majoring in psychology. After graduating, Darian would like to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Her research interests include personality traits, personality disorders, and addictive behaviors.

Shruthi Ravikumar

Shruthi Ravikumar

Shruthi Ravikumar is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in the summer of 2018. Shruthi is majoring in neuroscience and plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Jessica Reyes

Jessica Reyes

Jessica Reyes is a senior at UTD. She joined the lab in Spring 2018. She is pursuing a double degree in psychology and criminology. Jessica would like to go on to get her PhD in clinical psychology with a focus in forensics.

Jannatul Sakinah

Jannatul Sakinah

Jannatul Sakinah Mohd-Fahzy is a freshman at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2017. She is majoring in psychology/CLDP double major. Sakinah plans to pursue a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Aakshi Sanchorawala

Aakshi Sanchorawala

Aakshi Sanchorawala is a sophomore at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Fall 2018 and is currently majoring in biochemistry with a minor in political science. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.

Taylor Santos

Taylor Santos

Taylor Santos is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in Fall 2018 and is majoring in neuroscience. Taylor plans on attending medical school to pursue a career in neurology.

Sofia Sarhiri

Sofia Sarhiri

Sofia Sarhiri is a senior at UTD double majoring in psychology and child development. After graduation she would like to pursue a PhD in forensic, health, neuroscience, or research psychology.

Mia Sustek

Mia Sustek

Mia Sustek is a junior at UTD. She joined the lab in Fall 2018 and is majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. Mia hopes to pursue a masters in social work after graduation and is interested in studying interpersonal relationships and interactions.

Axum Taylor

Axum Taylor

Axum Taylor is a sophomore at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Spring 2019 and is majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in public health. After graduation, Axum plans on attending graduate school to earn a masters in public health, and later pursue a PhD.

Lab Alumni


Ayda Aydar

Ayda Aydar

Graduated Spring 2017 from the psychological sciences MS program.

Ashley Geerts

Ashley Geerts

Graduated Spring 2016 from the psychological sciences MS program; she is currently a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of North Texas

Kayoung Kim

Kayoung Kim

Kayoung Kim graduated Spring 2018 from the psychological sciences MS program.

Andrew Nabasny

Andrew Nabasny

Graduated Spring 2017 from the applied cognition and neuroscience MS program; he is currently a graduate student in the UT Southwestern master of clinical rehabilitation counseling program.