Faculty, Staff, and Students

Stacey N. Doan, Ph.D.

Stacey N. Doan, Ph.D.

Berger Institute Director and Associate Professor of Psychology

About Prof. Doan

Professor Doan received her B.A. from Carleton College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research focuses on maternal and child health, resilience and adjustment, and relations between stress, emotions, mind and body. She is particularly interested in the role of the social environment and its effects on physical health and psychological well- being.

Courtney Chan ’17 CMC

Courtney Chan ’17 CMC

Berger Institute Lab and Research Manager

About Courtney

Courtney graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and improve mental health services for under served populations.

email: courtney.chan@claremontmckenna.edu

Shruthi Venkatesh ’18 CMC

Shruthi Venkatesh ’18 CMC

Research Assistant

About Shruthi

Shruthi graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently a research assistant at the Berger Institute and Kravis Leadership Institute. She hopes to pursue Developmental Psychology in graduate school and specifically explore the influences of culture on parenting and child-rearing practices.

Jamie (Yutong) Zhou ’18 CMC

Jamie (Yutong) Zhou ’18 CMC

Program Coordinator

About Jamie

Jamie is in her last year at Claremont McKenna College studying Psychology. In addition to coordinating programming at the Berger Institute, she also works as a Research Assistant at the CARE lab.

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan

Administrative Assistant

About Mary

Mary graduated from Chaffey College in 2018 with an A.S. in Business Administration; an A.A. in Arts/Humanities Studies; an A.A. in Sociology/Behavior Studies and an A.A. in Business/Technologies Studies. She is interested in Social Entrepreneurship, International Development and Social Change, and the practical application of Permaculture Principles.

Ashley Ahn ’19 CMC

Ashley Ahn ’19 CMC

Program Coordinator/Research Assistant

About Ashley

Ashley Ahn is a student at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in psychology. She is a research assistant in the AMH-CARE Lab and does event programming for the Berger Institute. Ashley is pursuing a career in clinical psychology to continue her advocacy work.

Jacob Brawer ’20 POM

Jacob Brawer ’20 POM

Program Coordinator/Research Assistant

About Jacob

Jacob Brawer is a student at Pomona College, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics. He works in the CARE Lab and is a program assistant with the Berger Institute.

Betsy Blackard, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University

Betsy Blackard, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University

Research Assistant

About Betsy

Betsy is a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University working towards a PhD in Positive Developmental Psychology. She is passionate about relationships of all kinds and her research so far has focused on the parent-child dynamic. She works as a graduate research assistant for the Berger Institute in the AMH-CARE Lab. She is excited to use her degree to create programs and resources that help families thrive.

Anna Beth Burniston ’20 CMC

Anna Beth Burniston ’20 CMC

Program Coordinator/Research Assistant

About Anna Beth

Anna Beth is a student at Claremont McKenna College majoring in psychology. She is one of the CMC Rotaract Co-Presidents and coordinates all blood drives and other Rotaract community service activities. She is also the COO and Co-CMO for Claremont Apparel, a non-profit clothing startup she created with Claremont Women in Business Innovations Team. For the Berger Institute, she works as an event programmer and a research assistant in the AMH-CARE lab.

Cally Cochran ’18 POM

Cally Cochran ’18 POM

Research Assistant

About Cally

Cally recently graduated from Pomona College in May of 2018. She completed the Pre-Health track and majored in Media Studies. Currently she is a research assistant for the AMH-CARE lab and works in event programming for Berger Institute. She plans to get her MD or NP in Women’s Health.

Adrienne Kafka ’21 CMC

Adrienne Kafka ’21 CMC

Research Assistant

About Adrienne

Adrienne Kafka is a student at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in psychology and dance. She is also part of a 5C acapella group and is interested in exploring the intersection between psychology and the arts.

Monica Lopez ’20 CMC

Monica Lopez ’20 CMC

Program Coordinator

About Monica

Monica Lopez is a student at Claremont McKenna College and she is a biology major on the pre-med track. She is a program coordinator for the Berger Institute and is training to be a research assistant at the CARE Lab.

Diana Esmeralda Rodriguez ’20 POM

Diana Esmeralda Rodriguez ’20 POM

Research Assistant

About Diana

Diana is a student at Pomona College from Chicago. She is double majoring in Psychology and Chicanx/Latinx Studies while on the pre-medical track. She plans on going on to medical school to then serve in underrepresented communities.

Kazandra E. Zelaya ’21 CMC

Kazandra E. Zelaya ’21 CMC

Program Coordinator/Technical Assistant

About Kazandra

Kazandra is a student at Claremont McKenna College studying Environmental Analysis with a sequence in Computer Science. She is part of the programs and events team at the Berger Institute. She also assists with any technical needs that the institute or the research team may require.

CMC Faculty Affiliates

Heather Antecol, Ph.D.

Heather Antecol, Ph.D.

Boswell Professor of Economics

About Prof. Antecol

Prof. Antecol has a B.A. and M.A. from Queens University and a  Ph.D. from McMaster University.

William Ascher, Ph.D.

William Ascher, Ph.D.

Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics

About Prof. Ascher

Prof. Ascher has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a MPhil and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Lisa Forman Cody, Ph.D.

Lisa Forman Cody, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

About Prof. Cody

Prof. Cody has a B.A. from Harvard University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D.

Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

About Prof. Hwang

Prof. Hwang has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. University of Utah.

Daniel Livesay, Ph.D.

Daniel Livesay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

About Prof. Livesay

Prof. Livesay has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Frederick R. Lynch, Ph.D.

Frederick R. Lynch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Government

About Prof. Lynch

Prof. Lynch has a B.A. from the University of Michigan; M.A., from the University of Missouri; and a Ph.D., from the University of California, Riverside.

Ellen K. Rentz, Ph.D.

Ellen K. Rentz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Literature

About Prof. Rentz

Prof. Rentz has a B.A. from Washington University; M.A. in Medieval Studies from University of York, England; M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.