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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 second-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 first 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Hamza Akbar

Hamza Akbar

Hamza Akbar is a sophomore at UT Dallas. He joined the lab in Summer 2018. He is majoring in biology/finance double major. After graduation, he would like to go to medical school and pursue a career in Pediatrics.

Umaymah Aziz

Umaymah Aziz

Umaymah Aziz is a sophomore at UTD. She is majoring in neuroscience. After graduation, Umaymah would like to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics.

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

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 freshman 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 sophomore 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.

Kaylynn Flynt

Kaylynn Flynt

Kaylynn Flynt is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in cognitive science. Kaylynn would like to pursue a PhD in cognition and neuroscience in the future.

Madelyn Hastings

Madelyn Hastings

Madelyn Hastings is a sophomore at UTD, majoring in psychology. She is joining the lab this summer (2018) and will continue on into the fall. While she is not sure about her future career after graduation, she would like it to be involved somewhat in social work, whether that is through research, law, or actual governmental work.

Gowri Kalyani

Gowri Kalyani

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

Alix Kast

Alix Kast

Alix Kast is a senior at UTD. She joined the lab in Spring 2018 and is majoring in psychology. Alix would like to pursue a career in research psychology. She is interested in how our physical health is affected by our mental health and emotions.

Carli Jesirae Kesler

Carli Jesirae Kesler

Jesirae Kesler is a senior at UTD. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in psychology and plans to pursue a PhD.

Tehseen Khan

Tehseen Khan

Tehseen Khan is a second semester sophomore at UTD. This is her first semester in the lab. She is a neuroscience major with hopes of going to PA school after graduating.

Farzan Khoshravan

Farzan Khoshravan

Farzan Khoshravan is a junior at UTD. He joined the lab during the Summer of 2018. He is majoring in biomedical engineering. Farzan hopes to pursue a masters degree after graduation.

Katryna Kustwan

Katryna Kustwan

Katryna is a sophomore at UTD. She joined the lab in the summer of 2018. Katryna is majoring in psychology. After graduating, Katryna would like to become a clinical psychologist and pursue her PhD.

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.

Miriha Meghani

Miriha Meghani

Miriha Meghani is a first-year student at UT Austin. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in human development and family sciences and hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics.

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.

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.

Samantha Reding

Samantha Reding

Samantha Reding is a senior at Oklahoma Christian University. She joined the lab in Summer 2018. She is majoring in psychology. After graduation, Samantha would like to pursue a PhD in social psychology.

Jessica Reyes

Jessica Reyes

Jessica Reyes is a junior 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.

Rahmin Rizvi

Rahmin Rizvi

Rahmin Rizvi is a senior at UTD and is double majoring in psychology, and child learning and development. Her aspiration is to earn a PhD and hopefully become a forensic psychologist.

Zachary Ruffolo

Zachary Ruffolo

Zachary Ruffolo is a freshman at UT Dallas. He joined the lab in Spring 2018 and is double-majoring in biology and criminology. Zac would like to go to medical school after graduation.

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.

Noor Saleemi

Noor Saleemi

Noor Saleemi is a senior at UTD. She joined the lab in the summer of 2018. She is majoring in neuroscience. Noor hopes to go to medical school after graduation.

Sofia Sarhiri

Sofia Sarhiri

Sofia Sarhiri is a junior 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.

Benjamin Savard

Benjamin Savard

Benjamin Savard is a sophomore at UTD. He joined the lab during the summer of 2018. He will be graduating this fall with a BS in psychology. Ben intends to apply for the master’s program in psychology and has an interest in the field of health psychology.

Mia Sustek

Mia Sustek

Mia Sustek is a sophomore 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.

Umema Syed

Umema Syed

Umema Syed is a Junior at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in fall 2017. She is majoring in healthcare studies/psychology. She is interested in specializing in child psychiatry or pediatrics.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker

Ian Walker is a senior at UT Dallas. He joined the lab in Summer 2018. He is double majoring in psychology, and child learning and development. Ian would like to pursue a PsyD in clinical psychology.

Sarah Westermann

Sarah Westermann

Sarah Westermann is a junior at UT Dallas. She joined the lab in Fall 2017. She is majoring in psychology. After graduation, Sarah plans to attend graduate school.

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. Kayoung’s research interests focus on the impact of social support processes on stress management and coping.

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.